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Somalia's Al-Shabaab Capture Strategic Central Town

Somalia's Al-Shabaab insurgent group has reportedly seized the control of central town of Dhusamareb, the capital of Galgadud region 500km north of capital Mogadishu. Reports say heavily armed Al-Shabaab militia attacked the town on Saturday morning and overpowered militia loyal to Ahul-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa, who controlled the strategic town. Local...

More than 1700 killed in Somali clashes in 2009 - group

A Mogadishu-based Human Right group says fighting between insurgents and government troops backed by African Union forces has claimed the lives of more than 1700 people, mostly civilians. Elman Peace and Human Rights group (EHRO) says most of the deaths occurred in the last months of the years in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu but the number is...

Somalia capital Mogadishu Clashes Kill 15, Injures 30

At least 15, mostly civilians have been killed and over 30 others injured in heavy clashes that erupted between Somali militants and government forces backed by African Union troops in the restive capital Mogadishu, witnesses. The clashes started on late Wednesday in the capital's KM4 and Dabka intersections and Shaqalaha road, where fighters...

More Ethiopian Troops Reach Central Somalia

Hundreds of Ethiopian troops have reportedly reached at Kalaber intersection about 25 km north of Beledweyne town in central Somalia, witnesses said on Saturday. Residents say the Ethiopian troops armed with armed vehicles and other military trucks made a base in Kalaber, a strategic junction that connects central and southern regions of Somalia....

Kenya Closes Its Border With Somalia

MOMBASA (Sh. M. Network) - The government has ordered the closure of the 600km Kenya-Somalia border to stop refugees crossing over to Kenya. The Minister for Internal Security and Provincial Administration Prof George Saitoti directed administrators at the Coast Province to ensure that the border remains closed so that Islamist fighters do not...

Fresh Fighting Kills Two Civilians in Somali capital Mogadishu

At least two civilians have been killed after fresh fighting between the transitional Federal Government troops backing by AMISOM and the Islamist fighters broke out in parts of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses and officials told Shabelle radio on Saturday. Abdullahi Hassan Barise, the spokesman of the transitional police forces told...

Somali Pirates Conduct Low-Key Maritime War Off Coast

Somali pirates and commercial shipping are engaged in a low-key maritime war off the East African coast. Since the end of the region's monsoon season more than two months ago, the European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) has been reporting new encounters between pirates and merchant ships nearly every week. The force was formed in response to United...

Donor Caution Alarms Aid Workers in Somalia

Aid agencies operating in Somalia say they need more money but that some donors are holding back, concerned at where resources might end up in areas too dangerous for international staff. "Some of the largest donors in 2008 have given much less or almost no support so far this year," said Kiki Gbeho, head of UN Office for the Coordination of...

Prime Minister of Somalia 'Invited to London'

Somalia's interim prime minister flew from the capital Mogadishu on Thursday under a shroud of secrecy, Radio Garowe reports. Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake flew from Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport with a delegation that included Security Minister Abdullahi Mohamed Ali, Telecommunication Minister Abdirisak Jurille, and...

Rising Numbers of Illegal Immigrants Enter Somaliland

Immigration officials in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have expressed concern over the increase in the number of illegal Ethiopian migrants entering the region, with claims that up to 90 people are arriving daily, against 50 in 2008. An immigration official, who requested anonymity, said most of those arriving in Somaliland were asylum-...

A British Warship Saves Yemeni Fishing Boat From Somali Pirates 17 October 2009

A British warship has Saturday managed to save Yemeni fishing boat from Somali pirates who were trying to hijack it as it was traveling through the water according to Yemani officials. The warship which is one of the NATO maritime navels continuing the military operations against the Somali piracy in Gulf of Aden and Somali coast have forcibly...

Somalia's Minister Tells of Coast Control Plan

Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Marine Resources Abdurahman Haji Aden alias Ibbi, announced on Sunday that new sailors trained for the Transitional Federal Government will partially take care of the coast around Mogadishu. Holding a press conference in his office in Mogadishu, Mr Ibbi stated that the Somali Government gave the...

Rift Between Militia Groups Deepens of Somalia

Somalia's two main insurgent groups clashed today near the southern port of Kismayu and residents said Al-Shabaab and Hizbul Islam were squaring up for battles elsewhere in the Horn of Africa country. The rebel groups fought for control of the lucrative port and main airport in southern Somalia this week. Al-Shabaab won the battle, in which a...

Somalia President Endorses Puntland Agreement

Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, the Somali president who is currently in the U.S., said the agreement signed between Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake and Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole in August was a "positive step in the right direction." "The agreement between the [Transitional] Federal Government (TFG) and Puntland was to...

Death Toll from Militia Attack on an African Union Base by Somali Insurgents has risen to 21

The death toll from Thursday's attack on an African Union base by Somali insurgents has risen to 21 as investigations are launched into the daring suicide bombing. Al-Shabaab forces, retaliating over an earlier attack by US security forces that killed a top al-Qaeda suspect, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, drove into the AU peace keepers' base in...