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Somalia and AU forces advance from Mogadishu against Alshabab

By   /  March 17, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Somali government troops, backed by the African Union forces, have for the first time seized an area outside the capital from the militant group Alshabab. “The operation was a great success, with limited fighting,” AMISOM Force Commander Major-General Fred Mugisha said in a statement. “With the support of TFG (Transitional Federal Government) troops, […]

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American Jihadist Says He Fears ‘Comrades’ Will Kill Him

By   /  March 17, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen It seems that all is not well within Al-Shabaab, the Somali extremist group allied to al Qaeda. A short video was posted online Friday in which its best known propagandist, an American citizen from Alabama, said he believes that others in the group might attempt to assassinate him. In the video, lasting just over […]

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Somali piracy drives security boom

By   /  March 17, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Global post)-Just a couple of years ago, nations with large navies looked with suspicion at the private, armed guards that some ships were using to ward off pirates. No longer. These days, such guards are embraced as the best defense against increasingly desperate, greedy and violent pirates. “The unique selling point for the […]

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Eritrea: Ethiopia attacked us over border dispute

By   /  March 17, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Associated Press)-The Eritrean government said Friday that an attack on its military outposts by neighboring Ethiopia was carried out with the help of the U.S. and meant to divert attention from a decade-old border dispute between the two countries. Ethiopia said Thursday it carried out a ground assault on the outposts because Eritrea […]

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Conference exposes widespread ethnic biases in Kenya

By   /  March 17, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (The Standard)-The magnitude of how deeply divided Kenyans are, played out this week at a diversity conference organised by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC). Interestingly, it all started at the “high table” on Monday, which was the first day of the conference, before trickling down to the plenary of ordinary Kenyans […]

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Tensions reignite between Ethiopia and Eritrea

By   /  March 16, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid)-Ethiopia said it attacked military bases used by rebels inside neighbouring Eritrea on Thursday, in its first assault on its arch foe’s territory since the end of a 1998-2000 war that killed 70,000 people. Ethiopia routinely accuses Asmara of supporting Ethiopian separatist groups. It blamed an Afar rebel movement for the kidnapping […]

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Kenya orders probe into ICC witnesses intimidation claim

By   /  March 16, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  1 Comment

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The Kenyan government on Thursday orders her security agencies to probe a claim by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo of email hacking and intimidation of witnesses. In what may cause friction between Kenya and ICC over cooperation and the protection of witnesses, the Attorney-General Prof. Githu Muigai has swung into […]

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Electoral body to set the Kenyan election date

By   /  March 16, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said it will announce the exact date of the next general elections “soon”, to end widespread anxiety in the country. “IEBC is currently consulting within and outside the commission to announce the date of the General Election,” the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman, Mr […]

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Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, bombings deadlier in 2011

By   /  March 16, 2012  /  Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen A report by the Associated Press (AP) shows that bomb attacks in Nigeria, Somalia and Kenya, where groups with links to Al-Qaeda operates, are becoming deadlier  Bomb attacks in Nigeria, Kenya and Somalia rose in 2011 as al-Qaida-affiliated terror groups used more sophisticated devices to kill more people with each explosion, the Pentagon’s anti-IED […]

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UPDF soldiers in Somalia not paid for months

By   /  March 16, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Kampala (The Observer)-“My husband is an honourable man who has fought for this country; why make his family suffer? Why are they not paying him?” Monica stares poignantly at a blank wall in the living room of her newly rented two-room house nestled in the sprawling Bwaise slum in Kampala. She cuts a forlorn […]

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