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Heavy fighting erupts in Somali town near Kenyan border

Jan. 25, 2021 6:55 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Heavy fighting broke out overnight in a Somali town near the Kenyan border between Somali forces and those from the state of Jubbaland, as Somalia’s election troubles spill over into violence. Somalia’s information ministry in a statement early Monday accused...

Ugandan troops in Somalia say 189 extremists killed in raid

Jan. 22, 2021 12:29 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's military says it killed 189 suspected Islamic extremists with al-Shabab in Somalia in a “surprise, swift” attack that targeted a meeting of members of the armed group. The army said in a statement Friday that its contingent of African Union troops in Somalia...

Fadumo Moalim Abdulle speaks, during an interview with the Associated Press in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, Jan, 18, 2021. The mother of eight has heard that her twenty year old son,  Ahmed Ibrahim  Jumaleh is one of the soldiers sent to Eritrea for military training in preparation to fight alongside Ethiopian troops. Pressure is growing on Somalia’s government amid allegations that Somali soldiers have been sent to fight in neighboring Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray conflict. Mothers have held rare protests in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere, demanding to know the fate of their children who originally were sent to Eritrea for military training.  (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

In Somalia, mothers fear sons were sent to Ethiopia conflict

Jan. 22, 2021 4:03 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Pressure is growing on Somalia’s government amid allegations that Somali soldiers have been sent to fight in neighboring Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray conflict. Mothers have held rare protests in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere, demanding to know the...

US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete

Jan. 17, 2021 10:42 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military says its troop withdrawal from Somalia is complete, in one of the last actions of President Donald Trump’s presidency. Some experts have warned that the withdrawal of an estimated 700 U.S. military personnel comes at the worst possible time for Somalia, as the...

Hassan Mohamed Yusuf, 45 year old father, sits with his family at their make shift shelter at the Dayniile camp, in Mogadishu, Somalia on Thursday Dec. 17, 2020. As richer countries race to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Somalia remains the rare place where much of the population hasn't taken the coronavirus seriously. Some fear that’s proven to be deadlier than anyone knows. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

In Somalia, COVID-19 vaccines are distant as virus spreads

Jan. 3, 2021 8:06 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — As richer countries race to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Somalia remains the rare place where much of the population hasn't taken the coronavirus seriously. Some fear that’s proven to be deadlier than anyone knows. “Certainly our people don’t use any form of...

5 killed, 14 wounded in suicide attack in Somali capital

Jan. 2, 2021 11:17 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A suicide bombing near the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday killed five people including two Turks, Turkish and Somali officials said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack in a post by its Shahada News Agency. The Somalia-based group...