Latest Somalia News

Regional heads plan joint push against al-Shabab in Somalia

Feb. 01, 2023 11:32 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The leaders of Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya have agreed on a joint “search and destroy” military campaign against the Somali al-Shabab Islamic militant group that has carried out attacks in the region — including firing mortars near the meeting venue in...

Wife of Islamic State leader jailed for 8 years in Somalia

Jan. 30, 2023 10:16 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A military tribunal in Somalia has sentenced the wife of the head of a terrorist organization linked to the Islamic State group to eight years in prison for passing on information and organizing financial transactions for the group, a military official said Monday. ...

US urges donors to give far more as Somalia faces famine

Jan. 29, 2023 13:56 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The first U.S. Cabinet member to visit Somalia since 2015 urged the world’s distracted donors Sunday to give immediate help to a country facing deadly famine, which she calls “the ultimate failure of the international community.” The U.S. ambassador...

US military kills senior Islamic State official in Somalia

Jan. 26, 2023 17:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. special operations forces have killed a senior Islamic State group official and 10 other terrorist operatives in remote northern Somalia, the Biden administration announced Thursday. The operation carried out on Wednesday targeted Bilal al-Sudani, a key...

Extremists storm govt office in Somalia's capital; 5 dead

Jan. 22, 2023 13:40 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked extremists stormed a regional government office in Somalia's capital Sunday, and five civilians were killed, the government said. The founder of the Aamin ambulance service, Abdulkadir Adan, told The Associated Press his team collected 16...

Somalia, extremists claim over 100 killed in intense battle

Jan. 20, 2023 07:23 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s government and al-Qaida-linked fighters both claimed more than 100 people were killed Friday in their deadliest battle since the government launched a major military offensive against the extremists in August. The government in a statement...

World Food Program chief: Somali famine slowed, not avoided

Jan. 17, 2023 17:24 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning World Food Program says support from donors like the United States and Germany have allowed it to postpone — though not entirely avert — famine in Somalia but stressed that “we’re not out of this yet.” ...

5 Somali troops die in attack; 21 al-Shabab fighters killed

Jan. 17, 2023 07:26 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An attack by the al-Shabab extremist group on a military facility north of Somalia's capital on Tuesday killed five soldiers, officials said. Somali troops repelled the assault, killing 21 al-Shabab fighters. The group has claimed responsibility for the...

'They are on the run': Somalia leads fight against al-Shabab

Jan. 15, 2023 04:49 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Enough was enough. For 13 years, extremists with al-Qaida’s East Africa affiliate had controlled Mohamud Adow’s village in central Somalia, imposing harsh ideology and arresting local teachers and traditional leaders. Then, word came that Somali...

Al-Shabab extremists deny contact with Somalia's government

Jan. 09, 2023 09:14 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group has denied having contact with the Somali government after the country’s deputy defense minister claimed that the extremists had for the first time asked to negotiate. An unnamed al-Shabab official with the...