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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...

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...

U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia on Thursday, killing “several militants,” according to the U.S. military. The drone strike hit targets in the Bay Region of Somalia, about 160 kilometers west of the capital, Mogadishu, Pentagon spokeswoman Audricia Harris told VOA. No civilians were killed in the strike, Harris said. According...

The attack in central Mogadishu on 14 October that killed more than 350 people has not drawn much attention from traditional or social media. Despite being the largest terror attack in Somali history, the now-common supportive hashtags disseminated globally after such deadly incidents such as #PrayforMogadishu – are still not trending. Nevertheless, indications are that...

Two Somali youths have been selected as winners of the #Blog4Dev competition launched earlier this year by the World Bank. Along with two runner-ups and over 100 submissions, the blog contestants addressed job creation for youth in Somalia. Abdishakur Ahmed and Awil Osman, the two winners of the competition, will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the Spring Meetings...

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said it is undertaking a series of troop movements, aimed at re-aligning contingent compositions in various forward operation bases across Somalia as part of exit strategy. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Francisco Caetano Madeira, said the strategic troop movements...

International charity Save the Children has called for joint effort to fighting pneumonia, the forgotten killer disease in Somalia. The charity said in a report released on Thursday that pneumonia kills more than two children every hour in Somalia, even though it can be treated with antibiotics costing as little as 0.50 U.S. dollars. “The situation is worse in Somalia....