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Uganda People’s Defense Forces Captain kills self after shooting colleague in Somalia

A Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) Captain in Somalia has committed suicide after shooting his colleague. The soldier whose identity hasn’t been established reportedly turned his gun on himself after shooting his colleague for an unknown reason. Ministry of Defence and UPDF spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Karemire confirmed the incident but declined to give details. “It’s

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Nine civilians killed in Galkayo town, revenge attack

Mogadishu_Nine civilians killed in Galkayo town, revenge attack”This was a horrible incident, a gruesome killing against nine unarmed innocent civilians in southern Galkayo. All of the civilians belong to one clan and the gunmen shot them dead in one location a few minutes after suspected Shabaab gunmen killed” a policeman, Mohamed Abdirahman, a local police

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Amisom equips Somalia’s security forces with specialised containers

Mogadishu, In order to enhance the capacity of the Somali security forces as they intensify operations to liberate the country from militants, the African Union Mission in Somalia Amisom has donated specially-designed refrigerated containers for storage of fresh food and supplies, and for moving items required to be in a controlled room temperature. Speaking during

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Top US commander visit Mogadishu, affirms support on the war against Shabaab

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto made this commitment during a visit to Mogadishu on Tuesday/file U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto made this commitment during a visit to Mogadishu on

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Somali President celebrates Eid ul-Fitr with an army

Photo/Somali Times Mogadishu, Somali Times The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, prayed for the prayer at the Armed Forces of the National Army Training School in Mogadishu. After the holiday, the President spoke publicly to the army and congratulated the Eid ul-Fitr holiday, reminding the military’s importance of reviving

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UN cuts Amisom troop numbers in Somalia

The Security Council has adopted a resolution that requires Amisom, a regional peacekeeping force in Somalia, to cut 1,000 troops from the over 2,500-strong force. The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have called for caution following a recent United Nations Security Council resolution ordering a draw-down of 1,000 troops from the African Union Mission in

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US diplomat succeeds ousted UN envoy for Somalia

A former US special representative to Somalia who also served as Washington’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo was named Thursday to be the next United Nations envoy to Somalia, replacing an emissary who was expelled four months ago. James Swan will replace Nicholas Haysom, who was declared persona non grata by Somalia’s government

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Japan expands military presence in Africa despite drop in Somalia piracy

By Joseph Hammond Japan is increasing its footprint in the Horn of Africa even as it draws down its anti-piracy force Pirates or no pirates, Japan remains committed to an international security operation off the Horn of Africa which is increasingly a cornerstone of its wider Africa policy. Last month Somali pirates successfully captured a

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Kismayo rising as KDF exit plan takes shape

KDF’s offensive assault thus represented a major, morale-dampening loss for the rebel group that was forced to retreat with massive casualties. Locals say though Kismayo secure, exit of KDF will see the militia group invade the rising town. Seven years ago, the elite Kenya Defence forces launched an offensive operation in Somalia’s Kismayo town against

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Somali leader urges nation to unite against tribalism

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was addressing hundreds of Somalis living in South Africa Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has called on Somalis to unite and avoid tribalism, which previous fueled the civil war in the horn of Africa country. Addressing hundreds of Somalis living in South Africa on Sunday night, Mohamed said Somalis were fortunate

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