Latest Somalia News

Somalia announces deal with Turkey to deter Ethiopia's access to sea through a breakaway region

Feb. 21, 2024 13:01 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia announced on Wednesday a defense deal with Turkey that includes support for the Horn of Africa nation's sea assets and appears aimed at deterring Ethiopia's efforts to secure access to the sea by way of the breakaway region of Somaliland. Ethiopia...

Somalia's president accuses Ethiopia of trying to annex territory with Somaliland sea deal

Feb. 17, 2024 08:29 AM EST

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud accused Ethiopia on Saturday of trying to annex part of his country's territory by signing a sea access deal with the breakaway region of Somaliland. The agreement between Ethiopia and Somaliland signed Jan. 1 “is nothing more than annexing...

Feds charge Minnesota man who they say trained with ISIS and threatened violence against New York

Feb. 16, 2024 17:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen who rapped about flying to “shoot New York up” after training with ISIS in his native Somalia has been charged with supporting a terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said Friday. Harafa Hussein Abdi, 41, of Minneapolis was...

US to build 5 new military bases for Somali army, which faces a rebellion by an extremist group

Feb. 15, 2024 13:09 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.S. will build up to five military bases for the Somali army in a project that seeks to bolster the Somalian national army's capabilities amid ongoing threats from an extremist group. Somalia’s defense minister and the U.S. charge d’affaires...

Al-Shabab claims attack in Somali capital that kills 4 Emirati troops and 1 Bahraini officer

Feb. 11, 2024 19:20 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab claimed an attack that killed four Emirati troops and a Bahraini military officer on a training mission at a military base in the Somali capital, authorities said Sunday. The attack Saturday targeted...

Ethiopia's leader plays down fears of conflict with Somalia over a planned naval port

Feb. 06, 2024 05:49 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has played down fears of a war with Somalia over his quest for sea access for his landlocked country, saying Tuesday that Ethiopia is only interested in peace with its neighbor. Ethiopia signed a memorandum of...

Death on the Arabian Sea: How a Navy SEAL fell into rough waters and another died trying to save him

Jan. 31, 2024 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under the darkness of night, in the roiling high seas off the coast of Somalia, members of the U.S. Navy's SEAL Team 3 began to climb aboard an unflagged ship that was carrying illicit Iranian-made weapons to Yemen. As Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class...

Somalia's intelligence agency says it blocks WhatsApp groups used by al-Qaida-linked militants

Jan. 30, 2024 15:34 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency said Tuesday it has for the first time managed to shut down 20 WhatsApp groups allegedly operated by the extremist group al-Shabab for extortion and intimidation. NISA in a statement said its cyber...

India's navy rescues two hijacked boats. British military warns of two pirate groups in Indian Ocean

Jan. 30, 2024 14:04 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's naval forces rescued an Iranian-flagged fishing vessel hijacked by Somali pirates and freed its 19-member Pakistani crew off the east coast of Somalia, a navy statement said Tuesday. Later that day, the navy said in a statement it also rescued a Sri Lankan...

Global anti-corruption efforts are faltering, partly due to a 'decline in justice,' survey finds

Jan. 30, 2024 01:26 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Efforts to fight public sector corruption are faltering around the world, in part because a “global decline in justice and the rule of law since 2016," according to a corruption index released Tuesday. Transparency International, which compiles the annual Corruption...