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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...

In July 2017 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) discussed the situation in Guinea-Bissau, renewed the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and looked at the security implications of the free movement of goods and people in Africa. On 11 July the PSC held a meeting on Guinea-Bissau. It supported the efforts of the Economic Community of West African...

Ten civilians, including three children, were killed in a raid by foreign and Somali forces on a farm in southern Somalia, a deputy governor said Friday as officials displayed victims’ bloodied bodies in the capital. The U.S. military confirmed it supported a Somali operation in the area and said it would look into the allegations. The farmers were killed “one by one”...

30 July 2017 (Somalia Focus) – Qatar Charity (QC) has implemented 290 development projects in the Somali Republic with support from the Qatari people during the first half of this year at a cost of QR35m. The projects included drilling wells, building educational and health facilities, multi-service centres, income-generating projects and social sponsorships, as...

Kenyan security officers have launched a manhunt for Al-Shabaab militants who had hijacked a vehicle in northeast Mandera country near the Somalia border early Saturday. Mandera County Commissioner Frederick Shisia confirmed that the vehicle branded Jubilee Party (ruling party) vehicle was hijacked by the insurgents at gunpoint at Kutulo and driven to Somalia. The occupants...

The United States found a solution to the problem of “collateral damage, by assuming that any male of military age in a war zone is a militant and worthy of execution” says in the following incisive interview the renowned researcher, Professor Doctor Peter Kuznick, Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, in Washington D.C. Drones “kill...

Al-Shabaab fighters in Kenya are said to have hijacked a vehicle belonging to Jubilee Party campaign team in Mandera. According to Charles Chacha, the Mandera South police boss, the incident was reported about 5pm on Friday and they understand that the driver and a passenger are missing. “We received a report of hijacking of a vehicle that was returning to Bore Hole...

The families seemed to appear out of nowhere. Death and disease stalk the rural residents in this remote and lonely village, giving this drought-hit region a quiet, ghost-like feel. On Wednesdays, though, the mobile health team arrives. Ceel-Qorrah village sees a burst of activity: mothers with children in tow begin streaming in, and once the van bearing the Red Crescent...

Tension between two rival clan militias is reported to be mounting in the central town of Abudwak in Galgaduud region on Thursday morning. The tension is related to previous clan atrocities, and has dramatically changed in the last few days, as the sides are in preparation for battle, that could erupt at any period of time. Local elders say the brewing tension has sparked...