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July 23, 2017

More than 100 Somalis, recently released from Ethiopian detention facilities and handed over to the Somali government, arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday, government officials told VOA Somali. The 114 prisoners smiled and some of them kneeled as they got off the plane and kissed the soil. Parents and relatives waiting for them at the airport cheered and burst into tears. Government...

July 22, 2017

Parliament has dismissed a Supreme Court ruling quashing the election of eight lawmakers to the 10th parliament opening a supremacy battle with the judiciary as the doctrine of separation of powers is put to test. The Lower House passed a majority vote -180 to 4 in favour ‘annulment’ of the Supreme Court ruling May 16 this year which instructed the election for the...

July 22, 2017

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 700th meeting held on 12 July 2017, adopted the following decision on the Report of the Chairperson of the AU Commission on AU-United Nations (UN) Joint Review on the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), renewal of the mandate of AMISOM and on the Report on the Ten-Year Lessons Learned on AMISOM: Council, Takes...

July 22, 2017

AMISOM troops from Uganda Army’s Battle Group 19 departed Somalia Friday after a year’s tour of duty. The troops which were given a sendoff at a ceremony officiated by Brigadier Kayanja Muhanga, the Commander of the Uganda Contingent had served the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Marka, Lower Shabelle region. Brigadier Muhanga decorated the first batch...

July 22, 2017

BAIDOA, Somalia — This town was liberated from the control of al-Shabab (an Islamist insurgent group) five years ago. But “liberated” is a relative term. The security bubble created by the presence of United Nations and Ethiopian military forces reaches less than 10 miles outside of town, leaving just a short hike to terroristland. In sophisticated propaganda videos,...

July 21, 2017

The US on Wednesday delivered two additional helicopters to the Kenya Air Force, fulfilling a promise to help strengthen the military in the war against Al-Shabaab. Six similar choppers were delivered on December 2, 2016, and are being used to deploy rapid response units to and from the battle field in Somalia. The entire fleet of helicopters – Bell Huey II – cost...

July 20, 2017

Besides his brother, his cousin Hassan Jarso Kartola is also on the list of wanted terrorists. Kartola, is believed to have been part of the militants involved in Mpeketoni massacre in 2014 and holds a key position in Jayshi Ayman, the Kenyan outfit of the terror group. ANTHRAX ATTACK Salad, before fleeing to Somalia, operated a studio in Marsabit and sold DVDs containing...

July 20, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — His hiring by the Minneapolis Police Department was hailed by the mayor as “a wonderful sign.” Hundreds of Somalis attended an event at a local mall welcoming him to the force, lining up to take pictures and shake his hand. But just 14 months after Mohamed Noor became the first Somali police officer to be stationed in his precinct, which has a large...

July 18, 2017

Somalia’s northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland lawmakers have voted to oust the state’s cabinet ministers following a session in Garowe on Tuesday morning, July 18. During the session, 47 MPs voted for the motion against the cabinet, 9 rejected, while one abstained from voting. The cabinet was voted out for accusing poor performance and failing the security. Since...

July 18, 2017

MORE THAN 20 million people in four countries are at risk of starvation in the coming months, in what the United Nations has called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. But the global response to the emergency has been lacking, both from governments and from private citizens. As of Monday, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs was reporting...

July 18, 2017

BAIDOA, Somalia — This town was liberated from the control of al-Shabab (an Islamist insurgent group) five years ago. But “liberated” is a relative term. The security bubble created by the presence of United Nations and Ethiopian military forces reaches less than 10 miles outside of town, leaving just a short hike to terroristland. Women I met in line...

June 22, 2017

MOGADISHU – (Garsoor Online) — At least seven people have been when suicide car bomb explosion hit a police station in Mogadishu. Thursday’s blast also wounded 12 others including 2 women and regional minister of youth, policeman Hussein Mohamed said. He says the police building and other civilian vehecles were destroyed by the blast. The armed group...

June 21, 2017

People are staring at Halima Aden, and it’s for one of two reasons: She’s dressed very differently from everyone else at this New York City restaurant, and she’s stunningly beautiful. The people gawking at the model include a family in matching pastel-blue sweaters, a jet-lagged Italian couple, and a bevy of thin blondes swaddled in Mansur Gavriel accessories. And...

June 21, 2017

U.N. Refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie marked World Refugee Day on Tuesday at a Kenyan home housing refugee girls who fled unaccompanied or split from their parents while fleeing conflict. The Hollywood star visited at least 20 of girls in a safe house in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. They had fled conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan,...

June 21, 2017

After Saudi Arabia broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, Riyadh made clear it wanted nothing to do with its tiny Arab neighbor. Trade is cut off, planes headed to Qatar can’t fly through Saudi airspace, and now, even Qatari camels in Saudi Arabia must go. After the deportation order was handed down, thousands of camels were trapped at the border for days with little...

June 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as heir, in a major reshuffle announced early on Wednesday. A royal decree removed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a 57-year-old nephew of the king, as next-in-line to the throne and replaced him with Mohammed bin Salman, 31, who was previously the deputy crown prince. According to the official...

June 20, 2017

MOGADISHU (Garsoor Online)–At least 15 people have been killed after a suicide car bomber posing as a milk delivery van detonated at a district headquarters in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, police said. The death toll may rise, as some of the at least nine wounded were badly hurt in the explosion at Wadajir district headquarters in Mogadishu, Captain Mohamed...

June 20, 2017

A US fighter jet shot down an Iranian-made drone believed to be armed and within firing range of American troops in southeastern Syria on Monday, CNN reported. An official said it was taken out because it was “assessed to be a threat,” the cable news network reported on Tuesday. A US F-15 jet downed the drone near al-Tanf, an outpost close to the Syria border with...

June 19, 2017

MOGADISHU (Garsoor Online) – A military court in Somalia has sentenced a soldier to death for shooting dead the country’s youngest cabinet member, 31-year-old Abas Abdullahi Sheikh, in May. The court convicted the soldier of murder but, in a rare move, gave him the option of appealing. Mr Abas, who was the public works minister, was killed in his vehicle near the...

June 19, 2017

QORYOLEY (Garsoor Online) — Heavily armed Al Shabaab fighters launched an attack on army bases manned by Somali troops backed by African Union (AMISOM) forces in Qoryoley town. The armed militants also clashed with the coalition forces in the town for hours, according to police chief in Qoryoley, Abdi Waal. Waal says a little boy had been injured in the clash, adding...

June 19, 2017

The United Kingdom has announced a £ 60 million (about $77 million) aid package to Somalia to combat the drought gripping the Horn of Africa. The announcement was made by the Britain’s foreign aid minister, Priti Patel, during a visit to Mogadishu where she met with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre to discuss the humanitarian situation. “I have today announced that...

June 18, 2017

Over the last 2 years photographer Nichole Sobecki and journalist Laura Heaton have documented the devastating impact of climate change on one of the most unstable places in the world, Somalia. Their reporting appears in Foreign Policy magazine in an article titled “Somalia’s Land is Dying. The People Will Be Next.” What they found is summed up by Somali-American...

June 17, 2017

BARDERE (Garsoor Online) — At least two Kenyan soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in an attack claimed Al Shabaab in Bardere town. Saturday’s assault hit an army base runs by Kenyan troops serving under African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM), according to a statement issued by Al Shabaab. The group says it killed at least 2 Kenyan forces and wounded...

June 17, 2017

MOGADISHU (Garsoor Online) – Two government soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in roadside bomb explosion in Bal’ad town, about 36Km north of Mogadishu. The blast hit a vehicle carrying military soldiers in the town, leaving at least two soldiers on board, according to policeman Hussein Jima’ale. Jim’ale says the victims had been rushed to hospitals...

June 17, 2017

MOGADISHU – Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, has published a series of photos from last week’s raid on a military camp in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in northern Somalia. The photos detail both the attack and the destruction left on the Puntland military camp, which does not appear to have been well fortified. The jihadist group claimed last...

June 17, 2017

MOGADISHU – It may well be the image linked to the June 13 Pizza House attack that will linger in many minds for years to come. A young lady in pain bleeding as an equally distressed young man carried her to safety. Some few minutes ago Iftin Mahdi the young lady were having an Iftaar dinner to break their fast with her two sisters Imaan, Iftaah amd an aunt. But this...

June 14, 2017

Addis Ababa: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to support Somalia’s efforts in ensuring stability. Hailemariam reaffirmed his country’s stance while discussing with Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on Tuesday in Addis Ababa. The leaders discussed on ways of strengthening the exiting relations between the...

June 12, 2017

Warplanes said to be belonging to Kenyan Air force have conducted a massive airstrike in Gedo region on Monday, targeting a small village controlled by Al shabaab militants. The Kenyan military air raid took place at Garas Dulan, an strategic Al shabaab stronghold located about 35 Kilometers west of Bardere district which is under government control. Residents in the...

June 12, 2017

Ethiopia and Egypt have called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to suspend International Criminal Court (ICC) investigations against Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir. The call was made by top diplomats of the respective countries at the UN. Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The two diplomats...

May 16, 2017

Suspected Al Shabaab militants attacked a village in Mandera and killed a chief before abducting two police reservists Monday night. The incident occurred at Omar Jillo in Lafey sub-County in the volatile border town which has faced similar attacks in the past – all blamed on the Somalia terror group. Police stated that more security personnel have been dispatched to...