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About Chief Editor

Abdirizak Yonis is a senior chief editor at Bartamaha Media (a SMO "Somali Multimedia Organisation" Company), where he oversees the Bartamaha News outlet. Abdirizak was previously the National news editor of Bartamaha dot com. He has written for the site since the late 2012

Ban congratulates Somalia’s new Prime Minister, urges creation of inclusive Government

UN News Center United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called the new Prime Minister of Somalia, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, to congratulate him on his recent appointment, expressing hope that he will move quickly to form an inclusive Government, with the full … read more »

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Defection of senior al-Shabaab official rekindles debate over amnesty programme

SABAHI MOGADISHU — The defection of former al-Shabaab intelligence chief Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi has sparked debate on the Somali government’s amnesty offer and the benefits of pardoning al-Shabaab officials who seek to leave the group.Hersi, who surrendered to Somali … read more »

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Toronto Somali community concerned about resurgence of violence in Calgary

Toronto Star The Toronto Somali community is concerned about a possible resurgence of violence in Alberta following the New Year’s Day murder of a Somali man in Calgary, says a community leader.Abdullahi Ahmed, 26, sustained life-threatening injuries when gunshots rang … read more »

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Deported from Ireland, attacked and left to die

Irish Times Mohamed Sleyum Ali must have known his luck was running out when the car in which he was travelling was stopped by gardaí in Dublin.Although he was not driving, the 27- year-old with Tanzanian papers was still asked … read more »

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Was the U.N. targeting Blackwater founder Erik Prince on Somalia?

Washington Post Was Blackwater founder Erik Prince trying to avoid legal trouble with the United Nations when he allegedly distanced himself from a Web site called “The Somalia Report?” It depends on who you believe in a marathon legal battle … read more »

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From model to militant?

Express Tribune As the Islamic State’s (IS) global recruitment drive reaches an unprecedented scale, the professional background of its inductees becomes growingly interesting. Among the latest IS recruits is a male model from Melbourne, Australia, who has left the runway … read more »

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Shabab terrorism threat casts wider shadow over Kenya

Los Angles Times When quarry miners in northern Kenya packed up their few belongings and fled last month after a terrorist attack, they left behind their jobs and back pay. They returned to their families in this central Kenya city … read more »

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Cultures beat: Two Minnesotans find fulfillment teaching in Somalia

Star Tribune When Ava Ramberg and Kelly Heller arrived in the autonomous Somaliland region of Somalia in 2011, they planned to teach for a year. Within weeks, the Twin Cities natives knew they’d stay longer. The pair helped shape a … read more »

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Dawladda oo Xaqiijisay Dilka Taliye Ka Tirsan Al-Shabab

VOA Somali   Dawladda Soomaaliya ayaa goor dhowayd sheegtay in la dilay Taliyihii Guutada Amniyaatka iyo Sirdoonka ee Al-Shabab oo magaciisa lagu sheegay Cabdishakur Tahliil. War saxaafadeed kasoo baxay Xafiiska Hay’adda Sirdoonka Qaranka ee NISA ayaa lagu sheegay in Tahliil … read more »

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Dawladda Kenya oo La Wareegtay Sakariye Ismaaciil Xirsi

VOA Somali Sida ay sheegayaan wararka laga helayo dowlada Somalia, diyaarad Mlitari oo ay dowlada Kenya leedahay ayaa lagu soo warramayaa inay magaalada ku taalla xuduuda Kenya iyo Somalia ee magaalada Ceelwaaq ka qaadey Sakariya Ismaaciil Xirsi oo ah sarkaal … read more »

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Somalia names al-Shabab leader killed in U.S. airstrike

AP NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A U.S. airstrike killed the intelligence chief of Somali terror group al-Shabab, Somalia’s intelligence service said Tuesday. Abdishakur is the name of the slain leader, who is also known as Tahlil, a statement from the … read more »

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Somalia gives in captured Al-Shabaab commander to Kenya

XINHUA MOGADISHU,  (Xinhua) — Somali security forces have surrendered captured Al-Shabaab commander Zakariya Ismail Hersi to Kenyan authorities, a Somali official said Tuesday. Somali security official Adan Mohamed confirmed to the media that the captured Al-Shabaab senior figure was taken … read more »

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Abdi and his Golden Ticket to the US

BBC Abdi Nor Iftin fled Somalia only to land in one of Kenya’s worst slums. When he won the US green card lottery his problems seemed to be solved – but it turned out to be the start of a … read more »

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Egypt, Somalia Discuss Terrorism, Cooperation

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on Monday discussed Somalia’s efforts to fight “terrorist militias” in it, the Egyptian presidency said.It added in a statement that a meeting in Cairo between the two leaders also focused … read more »

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UN to resume full rations to refugees in Kenya

AFP The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Tuesday it will resume full food rations to refugees in Kenya in January following a successful appeal to foreign donors. Last month WFP announced it had been forced to slash food handouts … read more »

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Somali official calls for strengthened ties with China

XINHUA MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) — The Federal Parliament of Somalia is set to benefit through experience sharing and cooperation with its Chinese counterpart, the Somali parliament speaker, Mohamed Osman Jawari, and Chinese ambassador to Somalia Wei Hongtian said Monday. Speaking during … read more »

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Sarkaal Ka Tirsan Al-Shabab oo La Qabtay (Cod)

VOA Somali Wararka ka imanaya Gobolka Gedo ayaa sheegaya in magaalada Ceel-Waaq lagu qabtay mid ka mid ah saraakiisha ugu sarreeya ururka al-Shabab. Sarkaalkan ayaa lagu magacaabaa Zakariye Ismaaciil Xirsi waxaana uu ka mid ahaa saraakiisha ururka al-Shabab ee lacagta … read more »

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Somali Islamist with $3 million U.S. bounty on head surrenders: Somali government source

Reuters Mogadishu (Reuters) – A leader of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, who has a $3 million U.S. bounty on his head, has surrendered, a Somali government official and local media said on Saturday, although the militants said he had … read more »

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US ‘strongly condemns’ Shebab attack on Somalia AU base

AFP The United States “strongly condemns” a Shebab attack that killed three soldiers and a civilian at African Union headquarters in Somalia, the State Department said Friday. The assault, launched by the country’s Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Mogadishu on Thursday, killed … read more »

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Colonel Ali Aden Houmed relieved of his duties as AMISOM spokesperson

AMISOM PRESS RELEASE The Africa Union Mission in Somalia would like to clarify that Colonel Ali Aden Houmed is not a spokesperson for AMISOM. AMISOM therefore disassociates itself from any statements issued by Colonel Ali Aden Houmed and further advises … read more »

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