U.S. troops risk inflaming clan conflict after deadly Somalia raid

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A raid involving U.S. troops in Somalia has caused a rift between the precarious U.S.-backed government and a powerful clan that says innocent farmers were massacred, months after President Donald Trump approved stepped-up operations there.

The U.S. Africa command, Africom, has acknowledged that U.S. forces participated in a ground operation in support of Somali troops in the village of Bariire last week, and says it is investigating reports of civilian deaths.

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Al Shabaab militants seize town in south of Somalia: residents

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s militant Islamist group al Shabaab seized a town in the south of the country early on Friday after it was abandoned by the military and African Union-mandated (AMISOM) peacekeepers, residents said.

The town of Leego, which lies about 130 km (80 miles) to the northwest of the capital Mogadishu, is in Somalia’s lower Shabelle region where al Shabaab last week killed at least 12 peacekeepers in one of the deadliest attacks on AMISOM.

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Somali forces say they kill 18 insurgents in northern Puntland region

By Abdiqani Hassan

Somali security forces said on Sunday they had killed 18 Islamist insurgents during an operation in the northern region of Puntland, although the militants denied sustaining any casualties.

“We killed 18 militants and burnt six of their bases in Galgala hills in an operation over four days to eliminate al Shabaab,” said Colonel Mohamed Ismail, a senior officer in the Puntland Security Force.

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Al-Shabaab militants executed in Somalia’s Puntland

Bosasso, Somalia – Authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Friday executed seven people it said were Islamist militants who plotted to carry out attacks, including bombings.

Awil Ahmed Farah, chairperson of the region’s military court, said the accused were members of the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militant group fighting to overthrow the government in Mogadishu.

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Source: http://www.iol.co.za/

Heavy clashes erupted in southern Somalia

Afgoye, Somalia – A fierce gun battle has sparked between Somali government forces and al-Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.

The commander of Somali National Army (SNA) General Abdulahi Ali, said the clashes occurred after Somali army forces and allied African Union Peacekeeping troops in Somalia (AMISOM) attacked rebel-held areas in Lower Shabelle.

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Source: http://www.garoweonline.com/

Somalia: Jubbaland Leader Accused of Arming Al-Shabaab

Mohamed Ali Yusuf, a lawmaker who was forced out of Jubbaland parliament has accused the state’s President Ahmed Madobe of sending arms to the Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab group.

Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu on Wednesday, Yusuf said Madobe provided Al shabaab with heavy and light arms which is fuelling the flames in a country already burning.

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Source: http://allafrica.com/

At least 10 killed by car bomb in Mogadishu claimed by Somalia’s al Shabaab

By Feisal Omar and Abdirahman Hussein | NAIROBI

At least 10 people were killed on Tuesday in a car bomb attack on a government building in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that was claimed by Islamist insurgents, a government official said.

Al Shabaab frequently launches attacks in Mogadishu and other areas controlled by Somalia’s federal government. It wants to force out African Union peacekeepers, topple the Western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam.

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