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Defectors and captured al Shabaab members report that that group’s leaders are dismayed that other Islamic terror groups like ISIL (al Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant) in Syria and Boko Haram in Nigeria are crowding al Shabaab out of the media. Al Shabaab needs that media attention for fund raising and recruiting, both of which are in decline for other reasons as well....

SOFO NEWS Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived Mogadishu on Sunday to attend the opening ceremony of the new terminal of Somali’s Mogadishu airport. President Erdogan and his delegate was warmly welcomed by his counterpart, Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mahmud. Speaking at the opening ceremony president Erdogan said that he is happy to open the first...

The loud knocking on the door came at about 11pm. The young Somali woman was in her pyjamas and lying on a mattress on the floor. She had spent many hours with her husband in hospital in Dublin earlier, so it had already been a long day. Three male officers and one female officer with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) said they had come to deport her. Her husband...

BY NAMAYANJA ROSE NSEREKO Last week Ugandan authorities dis­covered an al-Shabab terrorist cell in our biggest city, Kampala. Ex­plosives were discovered in the raid, and there is little doubt that this group of terrorists had no other intention but to cause carnage on the streets of the city. It is not the first time we have had to face down the menace of al-Shabab....

Mogadishu, (SOFO) – Today is Human Rights Day, an occasion commemorating the United Nations’ passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. For decades, Somalia has faced criticism for a range of human rights violations. These include the sexual violences against women and girls, number of public executions, arbitrary arrests, among many others....

African Arguments, by Ben Rawlence Al-Shabaab strikes again. With the security services seemingly unable to protect Kenyans, it is time to reflect on strategy. In the commotion since last week’s brutal murder in Mandera, much ink was spilled in outrage at the hopelessness of the security services and at the callousness of absent politicians. More will no doubt now follow....

A senior US State Department official praised China’s efforts in global counterpiracy in the waters off Somalia, a busy sea lane where attacks and hijacking of commercial ships worry many nations. Todd Chapman, principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs of the State Department, said it was reassuring to see China prominently...

Fate of seven Indians kidnapped four years ago by pirates operating off Somalia and Nigerian coasts remains unknown and the past six years have seen the abduction of over 400 nationals, the government has said. A total of 416 Indian crew were kidnapped in 42 incidents reported between 2008 and April this year. Of the total cases, a maximum of 10 such incidents were reported...

Two British terror twins have been left widowed after their husbands died fighting for Islamic State in Iraq, one has claimed. Zahra Halane, 17, said on Twitter today that 19-year-old Ali Kalantar – originally from Coventry – died two days ago. Halane married the Islamic State fighter in Syria after disappearing from the home in Manchester she shared with her...

Mogadishu, 06 December 2014 – The Minister of Information, Mustafa Duhulow, today addressed the media, providing an update on the progress of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) over the last week. The Minister discussed various issues: progress in education, federalism and media sector development; good relations between Somalia and Arab Countries; consultation...