Militia group seize control of two towns in central Somalia

A militia previously allied to the Somali government in its fight against militant group al Shabaab has captured two towns in central Somalia from federal forces, saying it was taking control where the government had failed to end the insurgency. On Thursday, Somali federal forces attacked the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a (ASWJ) militia in Galmudug… Read More Militia group seize control of two towns in central Somalia

Five dead as blast hits bus carrying soccer team in southern Somalia

An explosive planted on a bus carrying soccer players in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo killed at least five players, a police officer said on Friday. “We have confirmed five deaths and more than 12 injuries and we still have some players missing,” Captain Ahmed Farah said from Kismayo. It was not immediately clear who… Read More Five dead as blast hits bus carrying soccer team in southern Somalia

U.S. carries out airstrike on al-Shabaab militants in Somalia

The United States on Tuesday carried out an air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, the first strike in the country since President Joe Biden came into office. Al Qaeda-linked insurgent group al Shabaab is seeking to topple the government and establish its own rule in Somalia based on its own strict interpretation of… Read More U.S. carries out airstrike on al-Shabaab militants in Somalia

At least eight dead following suicide bombing in Somalia

A suicide car bomb targeting a government convoy exploded at a busy junction in Somalia’s capital on Saturday, killing at least eight people, an eyewitness said. The convoy was carrying senior police official Farhan Qarole, who survived the attack, the government news agency reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but… Read More At least eight dead following suicide bombing in Somalia

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed agrees not to extend presidential term

Members of Somalia’s opposition on Wednesday refused to withdraw from fortified positions in the capital after the president tried to defuse an armed standoff by promising to appear before parliament to debate a proposal to extend his term by two years. The proposal has split some security forces along clan lines and forced between 60,000… Read More Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed agrees not to extend presidential term

U.S. airstrike kills thirteen Islamic State militants in Somalia

A U.S. air strike killed 13 Islamic State fighters in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, days after another strike killed three. The U.S. military has stepped up its campaign of air strikes in Somalia since President Donald Trump took office, saying it has killed more than 800 militants in two… Read More U.S. airstrike kills thirteen Islamic State militants in Somalia