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Clinton Says Death of Embassy Bombing Suspect is Significant Blow for al-Qaida

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the death of a man suspected of playing a key role in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania is a significant blow to al-Qaida. Secretary Clinton says Harun Fazul's death is “a significant blow to Al Qaeda, its extremist allies, and its operations in East Africa.”In a written...

Al-Qaida's Leader in East Africa Killed in Somalia

Somali authorities say the man believed to be al-Qaida's leader in East Africa is dead, killed during a confrontation with police. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was believed to have played a key role in the deadly bombing attacks in 1998 that caused mass casualties and severely damaged U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam.  The United States...

Al-Shabab Rebels Claim Killing of Somali Interior Minister

Somalia's al-Shabab rebels have claimed responsibility for Friday's suicide bombing death of Somalia's Interior Minister.An official says Abdi Shakur Sheikh Hassan was killed inside his Mogadishu home during a meeting with associates.  Several other people were wounded.Security officials and a witness say a female believed to be a relative of...

Somali Official: Female Suicide Bomber Kills Interior Minister

A Somali government official says a female suicide bomber has killed Interior Minister Abdi Shakur Sheikh Hassan Farah.Information Minister Abdulkarim Hassan Jama confirmed the death during an interview with VOA's  Somali Service on Friday.The official said the attack happened inside the minister's home in the capital, Mogadishu on Friday.A...

Somali Elections Postponed

Somalia's feuding political leaders have agreed to postpone their nation's presidential election for one year and hold the vote by August, 2012.The agreement calls for Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to resign within thirty days.  The international community has been pressuring Somali officials to reach a resolution before the...

AU Announces Progress Against Somali Militants in Mogadishu

The African Union says it is making progress against militants for control of Somalia's capital. Officials said Saturday African Union and pro-government troops had recaptured strategic districts in Mogadishu from al-Shabab insurgents. Al-Shabab is trying to overthrow the United Nations-backed government and set up a strict Islamic state.  The al-...

Fighting in Somali Capital Kills 17

New clashes in Somalia's capital have killed at least 17 people, as pro-government troops continue to battle militants for control of a popular commercial site.Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers are trying to take Mogadishu's Bakara market from al-Shabab insurgents.Medical officials say heavy fighting between the two...

Growing Numbers of Young Children Wounded, Killed in Somalia

In the Somali capital Mogadishu, more and more children are becoming victims of the fighting between pro-government forces and the Islamist militia al Shabab. The World Health Organization [WHO] says the number of weapon-related casualties at the city’s three main hospitals reached a new peak last week.  Of the nearly 1600 casualties, 46-percent...

Security Council Demanding Results From Somali Government

As the campaign to oust Islamist insurgent group al Shabab intensifies, the U.N. Security Council is warning Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government to resolve its internal differences or lose backing from the international community.With the internationally approved mandate of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government set to expire in August,...

Difficult Fight Seen for Mogadishu’s Bakara Market

As international troops close in on Mogadishu's Bakara market, a stronghold of the militant group al-Shabab, an analyst from the International Crisis Group is warning that seizing the critical position could prove to be complicated and costly.Much of the military campaign in Somalia's war-torn capital, Mogadishu, has been a battle for Bakara...

UN Agency to Resume Ops in Ethiopia’s Ogaden Following Fatal Attack

The UN World Food Program (WFP) is hoping to restart operations within days in Ethiopia’s parched Ogaden region, where nearly one-third of the population is in need of assistance. Aid distribution in the Ogaden was halted after a fatal attack last Friday on a team of WFP workers.  WFP spokesman in Ethiopia Judith Schuler says there should be...

Somaliland Celebrates 20 Years of Self-Declared Independence

Somaliland is celebrating its 20th anniversary of self-declared independence from Somalia. Despite not being recognized as a nation by the international community, Somaliland has been very successful politically and economically. And it’s avoided the turmoil of Somalia. “I guess what I see is a remarkable success story,” said Mark Bradbury, author...

Ethiopia, Rebels Trade Charges in Fatal Attack on UN Workers

Ethiopia’s government and rebels in the troubled Ogaden region are blaming each other for an attack that killed one United Nations employee, wounded another, and left two more missing.  Authorities say their investigation of the case has led to arrests, but no word on the whereabouts of the missing workers.Ethiopian government spokesman Shimelis...

Ethiopia, UN Mount Joint Search Operation for Kidnapped Aid Workers

Ethiopia and U.N. security agencies have launched a search for two aid workers apparently kidnapped in an ambush in the insurgency-wracked Ogaden region. One other worker was killed in the incident and a fourth was wounded.Details of the incident are sketchy. Officials of the U.N. World Food Program say two of their vehicles were ambushed by...

AU Envoy: North Africa Uprisings Crippling Somalia Rebels

African Union special envoy to Somalia, Jerry Rawlings, says popular uprisings in North Africa are helping to weaken Somali radical groups by cutting off a major source of weapons and funding. The former Ghanaian president was at AU headquarters for a meeting of elder statesmen on Africa’s peace and security challenges. Rawlings avoided naming any...