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Mogadishu (Somaliafocus) – Somalia is a global leader in the export of goats and sheep, and livestock trade generates about 40% of the country’s gross domestic product. Yet almost every other year, recurring droughts and water scarcity take a toll on local pastoralists’ ability to keep their animals live and healthy. In 2017 alone, livestock loss has ranged from...

Mogadishu (Somaliafocus) – Uganda’s military says it has begun the withdrawal of 281 troops serving in the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia.  This is part of a UN plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers’ numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year. At the moment there are more than 20,000 soldiers serving in the AU mission (Amisom). Uganda,...

Mogadishu (Somalifocus) – Unknown fighter jets have attacked a base belonging to al Shabaab in a location southern of Mogadishu, reports said on Tuesday. Ali Nur, deputy governor of Lower Shabelle region told reporters that the raid targeted vehicles of traveling al Shabaab officials near Liimay area. Al Shabaab rebels denied any of its bases had been attacked. A...

At Somalia’s first-ever security conference, hosted by the country’s Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” in the capital, Mogadishu, participants agreed to speed up security sector reform and develop a plan to transfer primary responsibility for the country’s security from the United Nations-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)...

The force of 22,000 deployed a decade ago is set to lose 1,000 soldiers this year as part of a long-term plan to pull out of the country and hand security to the Somali army. AMISOM is confronting the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, whose ranks have been swelled by Islamic State fighters fleeing military setbacks in Libya and Syria. Militants killed more than 500...

The UAE Ambassador to Ethiopia, Ghazi Al Mehri, met with the President of the South West State Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan and his accompanying delegation at his office in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The two sides discussed the brotherly relations between the countries and means of enhancing them to serve their common interests. They also reviewed existing areas...

A high-level security conference on Somalia has agreed to an “urgent development of realistic, conditions-based transition plan”, to transfer the national security responsibility from the AU Mission in Somalia, to the Somali security forces. “This plan must be guided by the rule of law, respect for human rights and should include countering violent extremism, stabilization...

The United Nations and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) held a joint meeting on Saturday to discuss a comprehensive approach to improving security in Somalia. The meeting drew participants from key federal ministries, member states and international partners, as the government has launched a major offensive against Al-Shabaab militants in southern region. Special...

Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging. This is a process that involves skipping stages and moving rapidly to the frontiers of innovation. Technological leapfrogging in Africa has, so far, focused on economic transformation and the improvement of basic services. Drones are a good example: they’re used in the continent’s health...

The Federal Government of Somalia is committed to defeat the terrorist groups, Al-Shabaab and the Islamic State. The government will use all available resources, including foreign military support including our international partners, in particular the United States of America and African forces (AMISOM). All airstrikes and offensive operations taking place in Somalia...