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Somali president discusses his achievements and challenges ahead

Mogadishu — Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Thursday night attended an event organized by Heritage Institute of Policy Studies in Mogadishu to mark the end of his second year in office. The president answered wide range of questions to … read more »

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Federal Government of Somalia is concerned by HRW allegations on rape by AU soldiers

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) The Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed notes with concern the grave allegations of sexual exploitation made by Human Rights Watch in their report on the conduct of AMISOM peacekeepers, according to a … read more »

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New al-Shabab Chief Said to Be Experienced But ‘Difficult’

VOA — The new chief of al-Shabab, Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah, is an experienced official within the Somali militant group. But experts say he may lack the leadership qualities of his predecessor, Ahmed Godane, who was killed in a U.S. … read more »

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AMISOM strongly Rejects Report of the HRW on Sexual Abuse

AMISOM — The Commission of the African Union (AU) is concerned by the report entitled “The Power These Men Have Over Us: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by African Union Forces in Somalia”, issued today by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The … read more »

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Suicide car bomber targets AU convoy near Mogadishu killing at least 13

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) At least 13 were killed after suicide car bomber has targeted African Union convoy near the main corridor between Mogadishu and Afgooye on Monday, Somali government and health officials confirmed. Lower Shabelle governor Abdikadir Mohamed Nur said the  … read more »

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Peacekeepers in Somalia use aid to rape women and buy sex for $5: HRW

(Nairobi) – Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on their bases in Mogadishu, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Troop-contributing countries, the African Union … read more »

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Death of Ahmed Godane

Office of the Press Secretary Friday, September 5, 2014 For Immediate Release Today, the Department of Defense confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the leader of al-Shabaab, is dead as a result of a U.S. military targeted airstrike in Somalia undertaken over … read more »

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Government plans to attack Barawe, as people start to flee from the town

BARAWE (BARTAMAHA) Somali government is now planning an heavy onslaught on the terrorist occupied port town of Barawe amid the operation termed “Indian Ocean” produces great outcomes as key towns in south and central regions in Somalia falls for Somali … read more »

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Ahmed Abdi Godane: Al-Shabab’s Somali leader

BBC — A reclusive figure with a love of poetry, Ahmed Abdi Godane became a feared jihadist, running assassination and bomb squads in Somalia. He rose to the helm of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in 2008 after a US air … read more »

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6 militants killed in US Somalia strike

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit. The leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, has no heir … read more »

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Al-Shabaab leader’s fate unclear after suspected U.S. drone strike

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) — A suspected U.S. drone strike targeted senior leaders of Al-Shabaab in southern Somalia, but it’s not clear if the leader of the Islamic militant group was wounded or killed, a Somali official said Tuesday. The Pentagon … read more »

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12 dead in Islamist attack on Somali prison

(CNN) – Islamist rebels dressed in government military uniforms approached the gate of a high security prison in Mogadishu on Sunday, set off a car bomb and fired their way into the building, eyewitness Farah Mohammed told CNN. They were Al-Shabaab … read more »

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Somalia asks UN court to set maritime boundary

AP – THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Somalia has asked the United Nations’ highest court to determine the maritime boundary it shares in the Indian Ocean with east African neighbor Kenya. Somalia filed the case Thursday with the International Court of Justice, … read more »

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Norway: Mohammed most common name in Oslo

BBC — Mohammed is now the most common name for men in Norway’s capital city Oslo, it appears. “It is very exciting,” Jorgen Ouren of Statistics Norway tells The Local news website. A recent count of the city’s population showed … read more »

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Somaliland forces capture Saax-dheer

Saaxdheer (BARTAMAHA) Somali armed forces have siezed Saax-dheer village where the newly elected president of khatuma state Ali Khalif Galayd was scheduled to be inauguarated today. The forces have attacked the village early morning on Thursday and grapped the control of … read more »

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Somali President leaves to attend Turkeys newly elected President inauguration

MOGADISHU (BARTAMAHA) The President of the federal republic of Somalia Hassan Shiekh Mohamud has left for Turkey after Turkish government has issued an official invitation to attend the inauguration of the newly elected president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The president … read more »

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Qatar opens embassy in Somalia

  Mogadishu – Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud met the chargé d’affaires of Qatar’s Embassy in Mogadishu, Hassan bin Hamza Assad Mohammed, on the occasion of the opening of the Qatari mission in Somalia. The Charge d’affaires conveyed the greetings of … read more »

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Somali Government releases the weekly press update on the progress of the government

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) The Minister of Information, Mustafa Duhulow, today addressed the media in Mogadishu, providing an update on the progress of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) over the last week. The Minister discussed various issues including: the closure of … read more »

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SOMALIA: Gov’t supports repatriation efforts for over one million Somalis

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) Somalia’s Federal Government on Saturday said it will support the repatriation program for over one million Somalis living as refugees in the neighboring countries where they fled to after the state collapse in 1991. After wrapping a conference … read more »

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Somali militants behead abducted Kenyan driver

Nairobi – Militants of the Al Shabaab extremist organisation Friday beheaded a Kenyan driver who was kidnapped at Kiunga near the border with Somalia in the coastal town of Lamu. The body of George Mwita was discovered during a rescue … read more »

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