Tag: Somalia

As Virus Resurges in Africa, Doctors Fear the Worst Is Yet to Come

Still, experts generally believe that fatalities on the continent are far lower than in the West, potentially for reasons beyond demographics. For instance, countries that regularly immunize babies with a tuberculosis vaccine also tend to have lower coronavirus mortality, though a causative link has yet to be proved. To achieve widespread immunity, more targeted vaccines […]

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Suicide Bomber in Somalia Hits Prime Minister’s Rally

The United Nations Mission to Somalia, which backs a 19,000-strong African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, condemned the attack and called for those responsible to be brought to justice. The Shabab was driven out of the capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 but still holds sway over wide swaths of the Somali countryside, exerting influence through extortion […]

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Kenyan Planned 9/11-Style Attack After Training as Pilot, U.S. Says

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged a Kenyan man with plotting a Sept. 11-style attack on a building in an American city, according to a newly unsealed federal indictment. The man, Cholo Abdi Abdullah, was described in the indictment as an operative for the Shabab, the Somali terrorist group that has been described as Al […]

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Somalia Severs Diplomatic Ties With Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia severed diplomatic ties with Kenya on Tuesday, accusing the neighboring East African state of meddling in its internal political affairs weeks before a crucial general election. The minister of information said Somalia was breaking off relations because Kenya had violated his country’s sovereignty. In an announcement broadcast on state television, the […]

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In Somalia, U.S. Troop Withdrawal Is Seen as Badly Timed

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalis fear a U.S. decision to withdraw troops from their country will be seen as a victory for the Qaeda-linked militants who have wreaked havoc there for years, and sow the potential for further chaos at an especially delicate moment for Somalia and the region. Somali presidential elections are scheduled in just […]

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Trump Orders All American Troops Out of Somalia

WASHINGTON — President Trump, continuing his end-of-term troop withdrawals from conflicts around the world, will pull American troops out of Somalia, where they have been involved in trying to push back advances by Islamist insurgents in the Horn of Africa. The Pentagon announced on Friday that virtually all of the approximately 700 troops in Somalia […]

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Pentagon Chief Visits Somalia Ahead of Expected Troop Cuts

WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller met with American troops and diplomats in Somalia on Friday, the first Pentagon chief to visit the strife-torn East African nation. He may also be the last. The three-hour visit to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, came as the acting secretary was wrapping up an overseas trip to […]

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C.I.A. Officer Is Killed in Somalia

WASHINGTON — A veteran C.I.A. officer was killed in combat in Somalia in recent days, according to current and former U.S. officials, a death that is likely to reignite debate over American counterterrorism operations in Africa. The officer was a member of the C.I.A.’s paramilitary division, the Special Activities Center, and a former member of […]

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Somalia Worries That a U.S. Withdrawal Will Be Disastrous

NAIROBI, Kenya — The American-trained Somali commando force Danab is usually deployed to counter the Qaeda-linked group Al Shabab: liberating areas it controls, ending its attacks on government offices and beachside restaurants, and targeting senior Shabab operatives. But with President Trump expected to withdraw American troops from Somalia, the highly specialized Somali force will be […]

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Trump Is Said to Be Preparing to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia

WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to order the U.S. military to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia by the time he leaves office in January, using the end of his time in power to significantly pull back American forces from far-flung conflicts around the world. Under a draft order circulating at […]

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He Sidestepped Pompeo and Got Slapped Down. Now He’s the New Pentagon Chief.

WASHINGTON — A little-known counterterrorism official named Christopher C. Miller flew to the Middle East last month to pursue a diplomatic idea: asking Qatar to help devise plans to buy off or otherwise marginalize some senior leaders of the Shabab, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, who are more committed to attacking the West. Mr. Miller […]

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Al Qaeda Feels Losses in Syria and Afghanistan but Stays Resilient

WASHINGTON — Last week was a bad week for Al Qaeda around the world. At least seven top Qaeda operatives were killed in the latest of a recent spate of U.S. Special Operations drone strikes in northwest Syria. Afghan commandos killed a senior Qaeda propagandist in a raid in a Taliban-controlled district. And the United […]

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Trump’s Tweets on Troop Withdrawals Unnerve Pentagon

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s surprise tweet last week that he would pull all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Christmas is not the only important military mission he may abruptly shrink or end as Election Day nears. Mr. Trump has told senior advisers that he also wants to see plans for withdrawing all American forces in […]

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Feared Shabab Exploit Somali Banking and Invest in Real Estate, U.N. Says

NAIROBI, Kenya — The Shabab, the Somalia-based militant group that is Al Qaeda’s most powerful ally in Africa, is not only collecting millions of dollars in tariffs and payoffs but moving the money through local banks and even investing it in real estate and businesses, according to a new United Nations Security Council report. The […]

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U.S. Military Seeks Authority to Expand Counterterrorism Drone War to Kenya

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military’s Africa Command is pressing for new authorities to carry out armed drone strikes targeting Qaeda-linked Shabab fighters in portions of eastern Kenya, potentially expanding the war zone across the border from their sanctuaries in Somalia, according to four American officials. The new authorities, which must still be approved by Defense […]

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At Least 37 Million People Have Been Displaced by America’s War on Terror

At least 37 million people have been displaced as a direct result of the wars fought by the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a new report from Brown University’s Costs of War project. That figure exceeds those displaced by conflict since 1900, the authors say, with the exception of World War II. […]

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Truck Bomb in Somalia Kills 3 and Wounds 3, Including a U.S. Soldier

NAIROBI, Kenya — Three Somali military officers were killed and two others injured along with an American service member in a bombing in southern Somalia on Monday, the authorities said, the latest example of a deadly insurgency that has continued to wreak havoc in the Horn of Africa nation. Officials in Jubaland State said an […]

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Somalia’s Army Told Her to Sew a Skirt. Now She’s One of Its Top Officers.

NAIROBI, Kenya — When Iman Elman decided to enlist in the Somali National Army in 2011, the officer distributing uniforms gave her one shirt and two pairs of pants. Puzzled, Ms. Elman asked about the missing shirt. There was none, he said. The extra set of pants was provided for her to sew into a […]

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Pentagon Admits to Civilian Casualties in Somalia for a Third Time

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has admitted for the third time that its bombing campaign against terrorist groups in Somalia, which has been underway for more than a decade, had caused civilian casualties there, a military report said on Tuesday. The announcement, by United States Africa Command, substantiated reports by Amnesty International that a U.S. airstrike […]

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