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US admits flying drones from Ethiopia

By   /  October 30, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid)-The United States has admitted to flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) from Ethiopia, claiming that the assassination drones merely conduct surveillance missions in the Horn of Africa. “The US has unarmed and unmanned aircraft at a facility there (Ethiopia) to be used only for surveillance as part of a broad, sustained integrated […]

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Kenya to pull out of Somalia when Safe from Alshabab Menace

By   /  October 30, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kenya’s Defense Ministry says it has not set a time frame for its operation against Alshabab militants in Somalia, saying troops will leave the country when Kenyans feel secure. Speaking during press briefing at the Department of Defence on Saturday, Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi said the Alshabab posed a serious […]

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Kenya: Did President Kibaki Oppose Somali Invasion

By   /  October 30, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen WAS President Kibaki reluctant to allow the military to enter Somalia in pursuit of al-Shabaab? According to the latest issue of the Indian Ocean Newsletter, President Kibaki was hesitant to approve the incursion. The ION is a Paris based newsletter rumoured to have close ties to French intelligence. Yesterday there was another grenade attach […]

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Let’s talk to the Shabaab, Somalia won’t be pacified by military means

By   /  October 30, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen By MURITHI MUTIGA (mmutiga@ke.nationmedia.com) Foreign Affairs assistant minister Richard Onyonka has taken a lot of flak for suggesting that the government will talk to the Al-Shabaab with a view to finding a settlement that could end the war in Somalia. I would say that Mr Onyonka is right and his many critics are wrong. Here […]

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U.S. denies role in Kenya’s Somalia incursion

By   /  October 29, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The US ambassador to Kenya said Friday the United States does not have any military operation outside Kenya but will continue to give support inside the country, which has sent troops to Somalia to fight Alshabab militants. “We do not have a military operation outside of the borders of Kenya. We continue to […]

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An explosion hits Military Convoy in Nothern Kenya

By   /  October 29, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Garissa (Alshahid)-An explosion in northern Kenya near the town of Garissa wounded three members of the east African country’s paramilitary police force (General Service Unit) Friday, medics and police said. “The vehicle in which the officers were traveling was extensively damaged and partly burned after being hit by what we suspect might either be […]

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Kenya not at war with Somalia, Kibaki asserts

By   /  October 29, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen President Mwai Kibaki has affirmed that Kenya’s decision to carry out military action against the Al Shabaab militia was in response to escalating insecurity and violation of Kenya’s territorial integrity by the insurgents. President Kibaki stated that Kenya was not at war with Somalia but was carrying out military action against the non-state actors […]

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Burundi anxious over 51 dead soldiers in Somalia

By   /  October 29, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP)-Egide Hatungimana was one of 51 Burundian soldiers killed in a firefight with al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia last week, his brother says. But the body has not been delivered to his family, which only found out about the death in a call from a fellow soldier. Intensified fighting in Somalia has underscored […]

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Somalia in Dire Need of Iran’s Medical Aid, Training

By   /  October 29, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Mohamud Ibrahim on Friday requested Iran to provide his drought-stricken country with further medical aid and training. Ibrahim made the remarks in a meeting with officials of Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) in Mogadishu on Friday. At the meeting, he reminded that Somalia is grappling with severe drought, war and […]

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US flies drones from Ethiopia to target Somali militants: report

By   /  October 28, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-The Washington Post reports that the US is now flying unmanned Reaper strike aircraft, or drones, from Ethiopia to hit Alshabab militants in Somalia. The Air Force has invested millions of dollars to upgrade an airfield in Arba Minch, Ethiopia, where it has built a small annex to house a fleet of drones […]

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