Nine killed in fighting between different branches of Somali government forces: police

Abdi Sheikh, Feisal Omar

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Fighting between the military and police backed by intelligence forces killed nine people in the Somali capital on Saturday, police said.

“It seems they mistook the Somali national army for (clan) militias. The death toll is nine people including a civilian,” Major Abdullahi Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/

US air strikes ‘kill’ militants in Somalia

The US has killed six members of militant Islamist group al-Shabab in three air strikes in southern Somalia, the US Africa Command has said.

The operation was carried under new powers given to US forces by President Donald Trump in March, allowing for “lethal action” against the al-Qaeda affiliate.

Mr Trump designated some areas of Somalia as active war zones, meaning US forces required less high-level vetting to carry out strikes against the militants, US-based Newsweek magazine reported.

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Somalia seeks US help over ‘al-Shabab uranium mining’

Tomi Oladipo, BBC Monitoring’s Africa security correspondent

Somali’s government has made a startling request for “immediate military assistance” to prevent Islamist militants al-Shabab from supplying uranium to Iran.

In a letter, Foreign Minister Yusuf Garaad says the militants have captured a region with uranium deposits and have been strip mining the components.

Somalia is said to have the potential for uranium, according to past findings by the International Atomic Energy Agency, but this has not been developed.

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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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Puntland forces arrest dozen al-Shabaab suspects including foreigners

GAROWE, Puntland – The security forces of Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland have arrested dozen al-Shabaab suspects en-route to rebel-held areas in Elmadow mountains in Bari region, Garowe Online reports

The suspects were arrested on Monday afternoon at an area called Oon located at the outskirts of Garowe city, the regional capital of Puntland state. The suspects were driving a vehicle and were carrying supplies.

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Source: http://www.garoweonline.com/

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CNN Exclusive: Somali pirate kings are under investigation for helping ISIS and al-Shabaab

by Robyn Kriel and Briana Duggan

(CNN)In the vital transport corridors of the troubled Gulf of Aden, an old but dangerous adversary has returned to the seas — pirates.

But they may not be acting alone. Four years since piracy attacks reached their peak, CNN sources have found threats on Somali waters are broader than ever.

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Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

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/