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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...

Rescue of Marine helicopter with 5 aboard is challenged by snowy California mountains

Feb. 07, 2024 22:16 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rescuers were battling heavy snow Wednesday to reach a Marine Corps helicopter carrying five troops that went down in the mountains outside San Diego. The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter — the largest helicopter in the military, designed to fly in harsh...

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...

4 Ukrainian citizens were among those captured when a helicopter went down in Somalia this week

Jan. 13, 2024 10:13 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ukraine's foreign affairs ministry says that four of its citizens were among those captured by al-Qaida-linked extremists in Somalia after their helicopter that was contracted by the United Nations made an emergency landing in territory controlled by the militants earlier...