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UN SG in a surprise visit to Mogadishu

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Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations’ secretary-general, has made a surprise visit to the Somali capital Mogadishu, the first by a top UN official since the start of the conflict in 1991. Wearing a bullet-proof vest, Ban was welcomed by Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, the Somali prime minister, at the city’s airport on Friday before […]

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Alshabab militants launch twitter account

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Listen London (Alshahid)-Alshabab militant group in Somalia launched a Twitter account Thursday under the handle @HSMPress with tweets disparaging the abilities of the Kenyan and African Union troops it is now fighting. The account might be an attempt by Alshabab to counter Kenya’s military spokesman, Maj Emmanuel Chirchir, Using the hashtag #OperationLindaNichi and the handle […]

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UN Secretary General welcomes Kenya move to join AMISOM

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has welcomed Kenya’s move to join the African Union force battling Alshabab militants in Somalia. At a meeting with President Mwai Kibaki at Harambee House, Ban said that the United Nations and the international community will support the latest initiatives that have seen Kenyan troops and those […]

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Fighter jets strike key town in Southern Somalia

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Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Fighter jets bombed the southern Somali town of Baardheere on Thursday, killing at least one civilian, residents and Alshabab officials said. One plane bombed a checkpoint and Alshabab fighters there were firing guns at it, said resident Mohamed Hussein. Planes also bombed Alshabab bases in the nearby forest, he said. Residents said they […]

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Abducted Spanish aid workers spotted in Somalia

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Listen Two Mèdecins Sans Frontiëres (MSF) staff who were abducted from Dadaab refugee camp have been spotted in a town inside Somalia. According to MSF spokesperson Judith Akelle Waguma, two foreign women, fitting the description of Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut were spotted in the streets of Afgoye (Benadir, Somalia) on Sunday afternoon. The two […]

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Somalia: Aid ban, insecurity “could lead to more deaths”

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Listen Nairobi (IRIN) -Officials are warning of an escalation in the humanitarian crisis in Somalia if the ban imposed by Al-Shabab insurgents, on 16 aid agencies is not reversed. “If the current situation continues, many more people will die,” a civil society source told IRIN on 8 December. “A combination of factors is colluding to […]

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