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Alarm as Shabaab infiltrates Somalia State institutions

Fahad Yasin Former Al-Shabaab commander and current Somali chief spy agency NISA By AGGREY MUTAMBO Fahad Yasin is an alleged member, close associate and facilitator for Al-Shabaab Fahad traveled to Yemen in the 1990s and attended Iman University, a school attended by members of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and other extremist groups. Abshir Gaarane

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B-52 Bomber Spotted Flying Low Just Off Somali Coast (Updated)

A B-52H bomber belonging to the U.S. Air Force has been photographed flying low near the Somali island of Koyama. According to a local photographer, the bomber, which appeared at around 2:30 PM local time, caused some confusion and concern among the locals. So, why would a B-52 be flying low over that area and

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Saudi-led coalition says its warplane was downed over Yemen

Photo Credit AFP The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Saturday one of its warplanes was shot down over a mountainous northern province while providing air support to government forces fighting the country’s rebels. The Houthi rebels said they shot down the plane with an advanced ground-to-air missile. Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency quoted Col.

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‘The West is winning’, Pompeo tells China, Russia

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany February 15, 2020. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday defended the United States’ global role and launched a scathing attack on China and Russia, vowing that the West’s ideals and values would prevail. “I’m happy to report

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Somali man caught posing as woman to go to UK

The Somali man, seen here in the security camera footage of the airport, was nabbed thanks to attentive police officers. (AA Photo) Observant policemen and a trace of foundation on the earphones he was wearing meant the game was up for Ibrahim M.’s attempt to illegally go to the United Kingdom. The young Somalian man

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Saudi Arabia accuses Turkey of supporting extremist militias in three Arab countries

Photo Credit Reuters Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, confirmed that the kingdom opposes what he described as “Turkey’s incursion into Syria, and its support for extremist militias in Libya and Somalia.” Al-Jubeir stated in a press conference on the sidelines of his visit to the Romanian capital, Bucharest, to meet officials there, on

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IMF and World Bank Consider Somalia Eligible for Assistance Under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative

Photo Credit Kristalina Georgieva The Executive Boards of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank met, on February 12 and 13, respectively, to consider Somalia’s eligibility for debt relief under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative. The Executive Boards commended the authorities’ sustained commitment to economic and institutional reforms under challenging circumstances

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Somalia’s terror problem and Turkey’s stance

Turkish medical staff in the Somalian capital Mogadishu gather victims of a brutal terrorist attack that claimed nearly 80 people and wounded many others to transport them to Turkey for treatment, Dec. 28, 2019. (AA Photo) I will start by condemning last month’s bloody Mogadishu attack that killed many Somalian and two Turkish citizens. I

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US unlikely to meet schedule for ‘degrading’ Al Shabaab

The US Army’s Africa Command (Africom) says in a new report that it aims to render al-Shabaab incapable of conducting effective operations by next year. But the military situation in Somalia, as appraised by the US Defence Department’s inspector general, makes it appear unlikely that this ambitious timetable will be met. In its “campaign plan”

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Trump says he does not mind if Philippines cuts military pact with U.S

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday brushed aside the decision of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to end a decades-old military agreement with United States, saying he didn’t

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