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NAIROBI (Reuters) – A militant faction loyal to Islamic State (IS) has increased its following in northern Somalia from a few dozen last year to up to 200 this year, a U.N. report said, days after the group came under U.S. air attack for the first time. An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File...

African Union troops in Somalia have launched an operation to flush out al-Shabab militants from the Lower Shabelle region and secure main supply routes in the area. Witnesses told VOA Somali they saw AU troops along a road and in a farming area between the towns of Afgoye and Bal’ad, while noting that al-Shabab did not have a major presence in the area Monday. The AU...

Reports that gunmen though to be Taliban militants have stormed a local TV station,Shamshad in Kabul,Afghan media reported. The ongoing attack started with a suicide explosion followed by gunfire,then gunmen on foot reportedly stormed the station,Bilal Sarwary tweeted. #AFG A suicide attacker detonated his vest followed by gunfire. Shamshad TV is adjacent to CRU HQ, a...

Somalia, a country  recovering from conflicts and  civil war, has one of the lowest employment rates in the world and its youth face  several  understated challenges as the country tries to recover. Among these challenges is a severe lack of job opportunities, even for the Somalis graduating from local institutions and Universities each year. The key to a viable future...

BAIDOA (Horn Observer) Former deputy Shabab leader Muktar Roobow aka Abu Mansuur surrendered to the Somali government on Sunday, after several weeks of intense self defense fight against the Shabaab that claimed at least 20 people, officials and residents said. “Sheikh Mukhtar Roobow and dozens of his followers arrived in Hudur and met with the Somali minister of...

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday fielded questions alone on stage after his rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta, failed to show up for a debate between the two. Odinga, who is the flagbearer for the National Super Alliance coalition, said his top priorities if elected in the Aug. 8 general election would be to lower...

Material in some of the bombs detonated by Al-Shabaab was seized in raids on Kenyan military bases inside Somalia, according to a researcher who has studied the insurgents’ use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In parts of Somalia near the border with Kenya, about 60 per cent of Shabaab’s IEDs contain explosives obtained in attacks on Kenyan and other...

The Boni minority community children in Basuba Ward of Lamu East Sub-County have not known peaceful childhood like their peers in the rest of Kenya. Theirs has been a life of fear, tension and at worst, not being able to attend school at all. The Boni children have not been able to attend school productively for the past three years due to constant insecurity in the area...

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has quietly rescinded a reward of up to $5 million for information about a top member of the al-Qaida-allied extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia amid reports he may be in talks with the Somali government to leave the organization. Sheikh Mukhtar Robow was removed from the “most wanted list” of terrorist suspects run...

The Somali foreign minister on Friday lauded a Turkish military training camp which is expected to open in Somalia in the coming months. ”This military training camp established by our Turkish friends will be the first professional training camp for the Somali army. That is why it is very important to us,” Yusuf Garaad Omar told Anadolu Agency in Ankara. ”We...