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Somalia Focus

The State Department’s Africa Bureau is failing to ensure that US funding for the Somali government is not diverted to Al-Shabaab terror group, the department’s watchdog unit warned on Monday. “The bureau had not established policy and procedures for identifying, assessing and mitigating terrorist financing risks for its programmes in countries where terrorist...

Somali forces have carried out a massive security swoop in Mogadishu days after Al-Shabaab launched a deadly siege at Naasa Hablod 2 hotel in the capital that left 27 dead. The government troops searched villages in Wardhigley, Bondhere and Yaqshid districts in Benadir region during the night, and detained at least 20 people linked to Al-Shabaab. Police officials said...

HARGEISA — Authorities in Somaliland, along with the World Bank, have launched the first round of funding in the Bank’s flagship job creation program, the Somali Business Catalytic Fund (SBCF). The fund will support 150 to 200 businesses, with one third of grants to businesses in Somaliland. The first round will provide grants to 35 enterprises in Somaliland, creating...

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...