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Twenty-four years ago this month, President Bill Clinton, a first-term commander in chief with no military or foreign policy experience, approved a request from his military commanders to deploy several hundred special operations forces to Somalia.  The deployment would eventually lead to a bloody battle on the streets of Mogadishu, horrific images of U.S. soldiers being...

A Dubai-based health care group last week reached out to thousands of famine-hit refugees and distributed food in the east-African country of Somaliland ahead of Eid Al Adha. A group of volunteers from Aster DM Healthcare distributed meals in Buraco town, east of capital city Hargeisa on August 26. Meals worth Dh1.5 million were shipped in two containers in coordination...

The Somalia government has opened network operations center (NOC), the first of its kind for the Horn of Africa nation to provide free internet for federal institutions. Abdi Ashur Hassan, Minister for Posts, Telecom and Technology who officially opened the centre late on Saturday, said the service would help the ministry reclaim its role as technology services provider...

Qatar Charity (QC) continues to provide free health services for those affected in Somalia by the drought in rural areas. In a press release, QC said that the number of sick and affected people who have been provided with health services since March till August this year exceeded 35,000 people. Qatar Charity said that its office in Somalia has been operating mobile medical...

Over the last few decades, Somalia has become a symbol of poverty and anarchy.  But while recent Hollywood blockbusters Captain Philips and Black Hawk Down have depicted civil war and modern piracy in Somalia, people who lived in the capital, Mogadishu, in the early 1970s will tell you a very different story. Whitewashed coral houses, cafes and restaurants with Moorish...

A senior commander in al Shabaab, Somalia’s al Qaeda-affiliated rebels, was killed last month in a US airstrike, the group said on Saturday in an online statement. Somalia said at the time that its military and allied foreign troops had killed the man identified as Ali Mohamed Hussein or Ali Jabal, believed responsible for several bombings. It did not disclose the...

OWASCO — There’s a saying: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” That saying rang true Sunday morning in Emerson Park during “Angling for Acceptance,” a fishing and barbecue event, organized by Refugee and Immigrant Self- Empowerment (RISE) Syracuse and Love CNY ThinkTank, for...

A lone intruder who managed to enter the home of Kenya’s deputy president was killed more than 18 hours after he wounded a police guard with a machete and then killed another with a stolen rifle, Kenya’s police chief said Sunday. The man kept police special forces engaged overnight at Deputy President William Ruto’s residence on the outskirts of Eldoret,...

26 August 2017 (Somalia Focus) – The attack in Barire village of Lower Shabelle region was launched by government forces with foreigners early hours on friday. US-backed forces were planning to attack Al-Shabaab base in Barire area, instead they have attacked local farmers, killing ten civilians, deputy governor Mohamed told the press. Three children between 8...

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, visited Somalia and held a series of meetings with the country’s leadership to show solidarity with the government and people of Somalia, as well as to reiterate the United Nations’ support to the new government and discuss ways to address the country’s challenges such as the...