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Somalia News

Somali, African troops recapture key port from Shebab

Mogadishu - Somali troops backed by African peacekeepers on Sunday recaptured the last major port in Somalia held by the Shebab, removing a key source of revenue for the Islamist militia, officials told AFP.

Abla Elmi's Mogadishu Diaries Cast Somalia in Different Light Special

Toronto - Initially designated as a school project, the Mogadishu Diaries developed into a much sought after video series as it caught the attention of the Somali public, especially its youthful fraternity starved off original Somali stories.

Kenya grieves one year after Westgate mall attack

Nairobi - Thousands of mourners gathered in Kenya's capital on Sunday for emotional commemorations marking a year since Somali Islamist gunmen attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall and massacred at least 67 people.

Solemn commemorations in Kenya one year on from mall massacre

Nairobi - Kenya began emotional commemorations on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of Nairobi's Westgate mall massacre, remembering the 67 people killed by Somali Islamist gunmen and those who risked their lives to stop them.

Arrested Shebab insurgents 'planned Uganda bomb attacks'

Kampala - Ugandan police said Sunday that suspected Islamist Shebab insurgents arrested in weekend raids had planned to carry out bomb attacks, as the US embassy said the immediate threat had been "countered".

Uganda foils Somalia Shebab cell plotting 'imminent attack': US

Kampala - Ugandan security forces have stopped a cell of Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents apparently "planning for an imminent attack," the US embassy said Saturday.

Somalia's Al-Shabab names new leader mounts revenge attacks

Mogadishu - A US drone strike recently killed Al-Shabab leader Ahmed Godane. The group has threatened revenge strikes in retaliation. The group lost no time in naming a new leader Ahmad Umar to replace Godane.

UN-funded African troops raped vulnerable Somalis: HRW

Nairobi - Internationally-funded African Union troops in war-torn and impoverished Somalia have gang raped women and girls as young as 12 and traded food aid for sex, Human Rights Watch said in a report Monday.

Shebab's new leader 'a devout, ruthless hardliner': Sources

Nairobi - The new leader of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels is thought to be a devout and ruthless hardliner who was one of the most trusted lieutenants of the group's late chief, according to experts and analysts.

Somalia's Shebab wounded but dangerous, unpredictable

Nairobi - The US missiles that smashed into Somalia's Islamist chief this week ended the life of the one of the world's most wanted men, but not the danger of his Shebab insurgents, analysts warn.

Somalia on high alert after Shebab leader confirmed dead

Mogadishu - Somalia's government warned Saturday of a wave of retaliatory attacks by the country's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels after their leader was confirmed to have been killed in a US air strike.

U.S. says Shebab chief killed in bombing raid in Somalia

Washington - The United States said Friday it had killed the chief of Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in a bombing raid in Somalia, touting it as a model for an assault on Islamic State jihadists.

Somalia Shebab chief likely dead in US strike

Nairobi - The death of the leader of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels in a US air strike is a "very strong probability," but still remains unconfirmed, security sources told AFP Wednesday.

Somali rebel leader's fate unclear after US air strike

Mogadishu - US forces have carried out air strikes against senior members of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group's leader, officials said.

U.S. targets Shebab leader in Somalia air strike

Mogadishu - U.S. forces have carried out air strikes against senior members of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group's leader, officials said Tuesday.

Somali 'Shebab' attack ends with four militants killed

Mogadishu - Somali security forces said Sunday they had killed at least four Shebab militants, ending a coordinated car bomb and gun attack against the national intelligence headquarters and a detention facility in the capital Mogadishu.

Troops 'liberate' Islamist stronghold in Somalia offensive

Mogadishu - African Union forces claimed to have liberated a former Shebab stronghold in Somalia on Saturday as part of a joint offensive with government troops aimed at capturing key ports from the Islamist fighters.

Somalia sentences Islamist killers of journalist to death

Mogadishu - A military court in Somalia has sentenced two Islamist Shebab gunmen to death for killing a journalist, the information minister said Saturday.

Somali Singer, MP, Saado Ali Warsame Assassinated in Mogadishu Special

Toronto - Legendary Somali singer and parliamentarian, Saado Ali Warsame was shot dead near her hotel residence in the Hodan District of Mogadishu around 12:00pm local time when her vehicle was sprayed with bullets by armed militants.

Shebab claims deadly strike on Kenya bus

Nairobi - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab on Saturday claimed an attack on a bus near the Kenyan vacation island of Lamu in which seven people were killed.

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Somalia sacks security chiefs after latest Shebab attack

Mogadishu - Somalia's president sacked his security chiefs Wednesday after Islamist Shebab fighters struck the heart of government in an escalating campaign of attacks in the capital and across east Africa.

Militants storm Somalia presidential palace

Mogadishu - Islamist Shebab rebels carried out a major bomb and armed attack on Somalia's presidential palace, penetrating the heavily fortified complex in the capital Mogadishu before blowing themselves up.

Al Shabab fighters storm presidential palace in Somalia

Mogadishu - Al-Shabab fighters stormed the presidential palace in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The Interior Ministry reported the the president Hassan Mohamud was not in the compound when the attack happened.

Shebab launch major attack on Somalia's presidential palace

Mogadishu - Somalia's Islamist Shebab rebels carried out a major bomb and armed assault against the country's presidential palace late Tuesday, penetrating the heavily-fortified complex before blowing themselves up.

Shebab launch major attack on Somalia's presidential palace

Mogadishu - Somalia's Islamist Shebab rebels carried out a major bomb and armed assault against the country's presidential palace late Tuesday, penetrating the heavily-fortified complex before blowing themselves up.

Several killed by Somali suicide car bomb blast near parliament

Mogadishu - Several people were killed when a powerful suicide car bomb exploded near Somalia's parliament in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, police and witnesses said.

Somalia's Shebab warn of Mogadishu attacks during Ramadan

Mogadishu - Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants have warned they will step up attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu during the holy month of Ramadan, which started on Sunday.

Kenya air strikes pound Somali Shebab bases: African Union

Mogadishu - Kenyan fighter jets have bombed bases of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab with scores of fighters killed, the African Union said Monday, claims the extremists dismissed as lies.

Kenya president blames 'local political networks' for attacks

Nairobi - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday blamed "local political networks" for the killings of dozens of people in two attacks in the coastal region that have been claimed by Somalia's Shebab militants.
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The 400 Kilometre route covered by the Walk for Somalia team spanning 20 cities and towns during the...
The 400 Kilometre route covered by the Walk for Somalia team spanning 20 cities and towns during their September 19-26 walk from Toronto to Ottawa.
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clan water holes and watering cattle
clan water holes and watering cattle
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A portrait of Queen Ceebla Caraweela  taken from the collection of a Somali painter.
A portrait of Queen Ceebla Caraweela, taken from the collection of a Somali painter.
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Saado Ali receives a warm welcome at the Dadaab refugee camp.
Saado Ali receives a warm welcome at the Dadaab refugee camp.
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Participants wave the Somali and Canadian flags.
Participants wave the Somali and Canadian flags.
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A congratulatory message hangs on the wall as the Walk for Somalia team gets seated during the community reception in Ottawa.
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Women rush to a feeding centre in Mogadishu. The UN has declared famine throughout Somalia s souther...
Women rush to a feeding centre in Mogadishu. The UN has declared famine throughout Somalia's southern regions and UN agencies have stepped up their support as drought and insecurity have led to a massive displacement of people.
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Hanad  the 8 months old member of the Walk for Somalia (Toronto-Ottawa)  waves to the Camera as dad ...
Hanad, the 8 months old member of the Walk for Somalia (Toronto-Ottawa), waves to the Camera as dad Abdifatah looks on. Hanad has made history by becoming the youngest member ever to participate in a long distance, trans-cities walk in Canada.
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A rooftop view of Mogadishu  Somalia.
A rooftop view of Mogadishu, Somalia.
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Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim s visit
Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim's visit
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Puntland State Emblem
Puntland State Emblem
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Elmi Abdulle  a Ryerson University student  is urging community stakeholders to seek long term solut...
Elmi Abdulle, a Ryerson University student, is urging community stakeholders to seek long term solutions to gun crime.
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Dr. Abdinur Sheikh Mohamed Mohamud  Somali Minister of Education  Culture & Higher Education.
Dr. Abdinur Sheikh Mohamed Mohamud, Somali Minister of Education, Culture & Higher Education.
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Walkers on their way to Ajax City Hall.
Walkers on their way to Ajax City Hall.
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Outraged Farmajo supporters  proclaim  Mahiga does not rule us .
Outraged Farmajo supporters proclaim "Mahiga does not rule us".
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Faduma (right)  Dr. Cadigia (second right)  Hodan Yusuf (background in blue head scarf) and Hanan.
Faduma (right), Dr. Cadigia (second right), Hodan Yusuf (background in blue head scarf) and Hanan.
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A large crowd packed Toronto s Days Hotel to capacity to welcome H.E. Fawzia Adan.
A large crowd packed Toronto's Days Hotel to capacity to welcome H.E. Fawzia Adan.
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Kids holding placards during the Toronto rally.
Kids holding placards during the Toronto rally.
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Standing front  is Wangari Muriuki  a TDSB consultant at the Walk for Somalia meet and greet session...
Standing front, is Wangari Muriuki, a TDSB consultant at the Walk for Somalia meet and greet session held at the Toronto City Hall.
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Some traditional elders of Somalia in Baran, Puntland, Somalia
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