Pentagon Weighs Proposal to Send Dozens of Troops Back to Somalia

The plan for a “train and assist” mission would partly reverse President Donald J. Trump’s withdrawal of nearly all American ground forces from the country.

#al-qaeda, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #drones-pilotless-planes, #maier-christopher-p, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Suicide Blast at Military Training Camp in Somalia Targets New Recruits

At least 10 people were killed in the latest attack on a training site that is jointly run by Turkish forces.

#defense-and-military-forces, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism

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U.N. Suspends Iran’s Voting Rights for Delinquent Dues. Iran is Furious.

Iran and four other countries were disqualified from voting in the General Assembly because they haven’t paid dues for two years. Iran blamed sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.

#central-african-republic, #china, #comoros, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #general-assembly-un, #guterres-antonio, #international-relations, #iran, #office-of-foreign-assets-control-united-states-treasury, #sao-tome-and-principe, #somalia

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The Bureaucrat From Buffalo Who Pushed Somalia to the Brink

His bid to stay in office an extra two years, without elections, has led to gunfights in the capital and fears that Somalia is backsliding into a disastrous conflict.

#blinken-antony-j, #buffalo-ny, #mogadishu-somalia, #mohamed-mohamed-abdullahi, #politics-and-government, #somali-americans, #somalia

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Gunfire Erupts in Mogadishu as Somalia’s Political Feud Turns Violent

Tensions had been rising since the president, a former American citizen, failed to hold scheduled elections, then extended his term in office by two years.

#defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #mohamed-mohamed-abdullahi, #mohamud-hassan-sheikh, #politics-and-government, #somalia

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Somalia’s President Extends Term by Two Years, Drawing Condemnation

His four-year term expired, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed signed a contentious law that critics fear could plunge the fragile country into renewed, possibly violent, turmoil.

#mohamed-mohamed-abdullahi, #shabab, #somalia, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

A hastily formed crowdsourcing operation to contain the insects in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia could help manage climate-related disasters everywhere.

#51degrees-mobi-ltd, #agriculture-and-farming, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #east-africa, #ethiopia, #food-and-agriculture-organization-of-the-united-nations, #global-warming, #grasshoppers, #horn-of-africa, #kenya, #lewa-wildlife-conservancy, #mobile-applications, #somalia, #vulcan-inc, #your-feed-science

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Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones

Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #pakistan, #presidential-transition-us, #shabab, #somalia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

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Gunfire at Mogadishu Protest Intensifies Somali Election Impasse

Opposition political leaders said they were attacked by government forces on Friday, and two former presidents said they were targeted hours earlier.

#africa, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #mogadishu-somalia, #politics-and-government, #somalia

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Militants Storm Hotel in Somali Capital and Blasts Rock Area

The authorities said an evacuation operation was still underway at the Afrik Hotel, with reports of at least two dead and 11 injured. A militant group, the Shabab, was believed to be behind the attack.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #mogadishu-somalia, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism

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The ‘Muslim Ban’ Is Over. The Harm Lives On.

Biden has rescinded Trump’s travel restrictions, but it will take years to undo the damage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #dadaab-kenya, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #somalia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Virus Resurges in Africa, Doctors Fear the Worst Is Yet to Come

The coronavirus killed far fewer people in Africa than in Europe and the Americas, leading to a widespread perception that it was a disease of the West. Now, a tide of new cases on the continent is raising alarms.

#africa, #africa-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #african-union, #black-people, #cape-town-south-africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #durban-south-africa, #egypt, #elderly, #ethiopia, #hargeisa-somaliland, #johannesburg-south-africa, #kenya, #morocco, #nairobi-kenya, #nigeria, #port-elizabeth-south-africa, #quarantines, #ramaphosa-cyril, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #shabab, #somalia, #south-africa, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #tunisia, #uganda, #vaccination-and-immunization, #ventilators-medical, #world-health-organization, #zimbabwe

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Suicide Bomber in Somalia Hits Prime Minister’s Rally

The attack, claimed by Al Shabab, killed at least 10, including three Somali military commanders. Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble was on his way at the time.

#mohamed-mohamed-abdullahi, #politics-and-government, #roble-mohamed-hussein, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism

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Kenyan Planned 9/11-Style Attack After Training as Pilot, U.S. Says

An operative for the Qaeda branch in East Africa, known as Shabab, is accused of training as a pilot in the Philippines and researching how to hijack planes.

#airport-security, #al-qaeda, #hijacking, #manhattan-nyc, #philippines, #somalia, #terrorism, #united-states

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Somalia Severs Diplomatic Ties With Kenya

Somalia accused its East African neighbor of meddling in its internal affairs, weeks before a crucial general election.

#al-qaeda, #jubaland-somalia, #kenya, #mogadishu-somalia, #mohamed-mohamed-abdullahi, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism

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In Somalia, U.S. Troop Withdrawal Is Seen as Badly Timed

Somali presidential elections are scheduled in just a few months, war is erupting in neighboring Ethiopia, and Shebab militants are still strong. The timing, Somalis say, could not be worse.

#africa, #african-union, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #shabab, #somalia, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Orders All American Troops Out of Somalia

While the number of troops — about 700 — is small, it is a continuation of President Trump’s efforts to withdraw the United States from what he has described as endless wars.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #esper-mark-t, #iraq-war-2003-11, #kenya, #maier-christopher-p, #miller-christopher-c-1965, #september-11-2001, #shabab, #somalia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

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Pentagon Chief Visits Somalia Ahead of Expected Troop Cuts

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller met with troops and commanders in the region as turmoil bedevils the nation with approaching elections and an enduring threat from the Shabab.

#central-intelligence-agency, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #miller-christopher-c-1965, #national-counterterrorism-center, #national-security-council, #shabab, #somalia, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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C.I.A. Officer Is Killed in Somalia

The officer’s combat death came as President Trump considers pulling back on American operations in the region.

#central-intelligence-agency, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-africa, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Somalia Worries That a U.S. Withdrawal Will Be Disastrous

An elite commando unit supported by U.S. forces could fall apart, officials say, leaving the country more vulnerable to the Shabab and other terrorist groups.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #international-crisis-group, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #miller-christopher-c-1965, #mogadishu-somalia, #mohamed-mohamed-abdullahi, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Is Said to Be Preparing to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia

Facing the end of his time in power, the president is pushing to accelerate withdrawals from counterterrorism conflicts. He campaigned on ending the longstanding wars.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #defense-department, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #obama-barack, #shabab, #somalia, #taliban, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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He Sidestepped Pompeo and Got Slapped Down. Now He’s the New Pentagon Chief.

President Trump’s new acting secretary of defense began a since-aborted diplomatic gambit last month to negotiate with a Somali terrorist group — drawing the ire of the secretary of state.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #defense-department, #miller-christopher-c-1965, #national-counterterrorism-center, #pompeo-mike, #qatar, #shabab, #somalia, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Al Qaeda Feels Losses in Syria and Afghanistan but Stays Resilient

American drones and U.S. allies killed several Qaeda leaders and operatives in the past week. But the organization has “ingrained itself in local communities and conflicts,” according to the U.N.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-nusra-front, #al-qaeda, #bin-laden-osama, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #hurras-al-din, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khorasan, #national-counterterrorism-center, #national-directorate-of-security-afghanistan, #shabab, #somalia, #syria, #taliban, #targeted-killings, #united-nations, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command, #zawahri-ayman-al

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Trump’s Tweets on Troop Withdrawals Unnerve Pentagon

The president’s demands to draw down forces in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria seek to fulfill a campaign promise. But officials warn rapid troop reductions could bolster adversaries.

#afghanistan, #al-qaeda, #china, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #milley-mark-a, #obrien-robert-c-1952, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russia, #shabab, #somalia, #syria, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Military Seeks Authority to Expand Counterterrorism Drone War to Kenya

Draft rules for potential airstrikes, drawn up after a Shabab attack at a base in January, are said to be limited and would require Kenyan assent.

#defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #kenya, #military-bases-and-installations, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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At Least 37 Million People Have Been Displaced by America’s War on Terror

A new report calculates the number of people who fled because of wars fought by the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-and-military-forces, #internal-displacement-monitoring-center, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #september-11-2001, #shabab, #somalia

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Truck Bomb in Somalia Kills 3 and Wounds 3, Including a U.S. Soldier

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Shabab have carried out similar attacks across the Horn of Africa nation.

#jubaland-somalia, #kismayo-somalia, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Attack on Beachside Somalia Hotel Kills at Least 16

The extremist group Al Shabab has escalated assaults in recent months, even as the country confronts a host of other challenges, including containing the coronavirus.

#shabab, #somalia, #terrorism

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Hawa Abdi, Doctor Who Aided Thousands in Somalia, Dies at 73

Dr. Abdi turned her family’s land into a hospital and camp that treated and supported legions of people displaced during a civil war.

#abdi-hawa, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #hospitals, #humanitarian-aid, #somalia

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Pentagon Admits to Civilian Casualties in Somalia for a Third Time

Africa Command’s admission of the death comes in the wake of its slow move toward better accountability after years of criticism from human rights groups and lawmakers.

#al-qaeda, #amnesty-international, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #shabab, #somalia, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Explosions in Somalia Leave at Least 5 Dead

Devastating attacks, occurring almost daily and often in the capital, Mogadishu, have put a strain on the country’s fragile government.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #baidoa-somalia, #horn-of-africa, #mogadishu-somalia, #shabab, #somalia, #terrorism, #turkey

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Suicide Bombing Targets Major Turkish Military Base in Somalia

Officials said two people were killed in the bombing at the facility in Mogadishu, Turkey’s largest overseas military base.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #horn-of-africa, #mogadishu-somalia, #mohamed-mohamed-abdullahi, #shabab, #somalia, #turkey

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In Minneapolis, Somali-Americans Find Unwelcome Echoes of Strife at Home

Thousands left political chaos, violence and danger in Somalia. Now, many are surprised and alarmed at the dangers and distress they’re seeing in their new home.

#floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #somali-americans, #somalia, #st-paul-minn

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There’s No Home Remedy for Coronavirus Lies

My fellow Somali-Americans are being taken in by anti-vaccine disinformation.

#africa, #autism, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #gates-bill, #medicine-and-health, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #somali-americans, #somalia, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Covid-19 Outbreak in Nigeria Is Just One of Africa’s Alarming Hot Spots

Dozens of doctors are infected and gravediggers are overwhelmed in Kano, Nigeria’s second-largest city, where inaction led to an unchecked outbreak. Across Africa, other hot spots are emerging.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nigeria, #politics-and-government, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #somalia, #tanzania, #tests-medical, #world-health-organization

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Coronanvirus Aid Plane That Crashed in Somalia May Have Been Shot Down, Report Says

The Kenyan-registered aircraft was delivering much-needed humanitarian supplies for the fight against the coronavirus when it crashed.

#african-union, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #bardale-somalia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #ethiopia, #kenya, #somalia

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