Shabaab attack on Somalia AU base condemned

2014-12-27 14:02

The United States "strongly condemns" a al-Shabaab attack that killed three soldiers and a civilian at African Union headquarters in Somalia, the State Department said Friday.

Sierra Leone peacekeepers quarantined over Ebola

2014-10-14 13:03

A battalion of 800 Sierra Leone soldiers awaiting deployment as peacekeepers in Somalia has been placed in quarantine after one of its members tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, officials say.

Somali troops celebrate port capture

2014-10-06 12:51

Somali military commanders have celebrated the capture of the last major port held by Islamist al-Shabaab insurgents, as the government secured control of the town for the first time in over two decades.

US will help Africa set up peacekeeping force - Obama

2014-08-07 08:31

The United States will help African nations set up a rapid response force to support United Nations and African Union peacekeeping missions, President Barack Obama says.

'Shabaab commanders' killed in AU offensive

2014-07-25 13:14

AU troops in Somalia say they have killed two “senior” commanders of the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents, in the latest push of an offensive against the extremist fighters.

Hotel attack: Shabaab hurled grenades

2014-06-26 11:09

Islamist militants hurled grenades at the gate of a hotel in central Somalia, then opened fire as they burst into the building used by Somali soldiers and Amisom, residents say.

Kenyan jets kill 80 Shabaab militants – AU force

2014-06-23 14:12

At least 80 militants have been killed after Kenyan fighter jets attacked two bases belonging to Islamist al-Shabaab insurgents, AU peacekeepers say.

Somali, African troops take central town

2014-03-26 21:22

Somali government forces fighting alongside African Union troops have taken back control of a key town from Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels.

Somali, AU troops capture town from Shabaab

2014-03-14 10:55

Somali government forces backed by AU troops have captured a sixth settlement in the latest advance in their renewed offensive against al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab fighters, a spokesperson says.

Peacekeepers retake strategic Somali towns

2014-03-09 18:49

African peacekeepers in Somalia operating with government forces have recaptured several strategic towns from the al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militia, officials say.

Somalia wants to expel Islamist rebels

2014-02-19 18:54

A military offensive led by an expanded African peacekeeping force aims to drive Somali Islamist rebels out of their remaining strongholds by the end of 2014.

Somalia fumbles gang rape case

2013-11-11 17:42

Human Rights Watch has called for Somalia's government to order a new, impartial and transparent investigation into an alleged gang-rape by African Union soldiers.

Somalia's Shabaab 'still far from defeat'

2013-11-07 07:39

With reinforcements expected, Somali and African forces fighting Shabaab extremists speak confidently of victory, but analysts warn of tough battles and warn that military campaigns alone won’t bring peace.

Somali piracy at 7-year low – UN

2013-10-24 10:34

Pirates attacks off the coast of Somalis are at the lowest level since 2006 because of tougher ship security and more Western naval patrols, the UN says.

Kenya buries its dead amid search for bodies

2013-09-26 11:53

Kenya has buried victims of a four-day mall massacre by Islamist gunmen as international forensic and security experts scanned the rubble for bodies and clues.

Somalia: Donors meet to approve 'new deal'

2013-09-16 12:30

International donors have met to approve a "New Deal" for Somalia to drive its economic and political recovery after two decades of bloody civil war.

Somalia gang rape victim speaks out

2013-08-20 12:52

Abducted, drugged and gang raped in Somalia: a young mother details the most brutal of allegations against African Union troops and Somali soldiers in a case causing widespread anger.

Ethiopia troops pull out from Somali city

2013-07-19 09:32

Ethiopian troops who entered Somalia to help fight al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents have begun their withdrawal from the key central city of Baidoa, the foreign ministry says.

Up to 3 000 AU troops killed in Somalia

2013-05-10 07:57

As many as 3 000 AU peacekeepers have been killed in Somalia in recent years in an attempt to end an Islamist insurgency and bring stability to the Horn of Africa nation, the UN says.

Somali Islamists eye Ethiopia withdawal

2013-03-19 22:16

Somalia's Qaeda linked insurgents, are eyeing a potential withdrawal of arch-foe Ethiopia in the volatile southwest, raising security and humanitarian concerns.

UN set to ease Somalia arms embargo

2013-02-28 07:44

The UN Security Council is set to ease a two decade old arms embargo against Somalia to help the new government in its battle against Islamist militants, diplomats say.

US to recognise Somali government

2013-01-17 11:38

The US is set to recognise the first Somali government in two decades, heralding a significant shift in ties since the deadly 1993 attack on US helicopter over Mogadishu.

Ethiopia troops in Somalia till AU arrives

2012-11-28 17:30

Ethiopian troops will remain in Somalia until African Union forces fighting Islamists can take over, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn says.

Kenya navy shells Somali town

2012-10-01 07:45

Kenyan warships have shelled the southern Somali port of Kismayu after al-Qaeda linked rebels said they had abandoned the city, residents say.

3 Ugandan choppers crash in Kenyan airspace

2012-08-13 11:13

Three Ugandan military helicopters crashed in Kenyan airspace at the weekend on their way to Somalia and bad weather is hampering search and rescue efforts, a spokesperson says.


Uganda suspends officers over Somalia sex abuse

2014-11-06 12:55

Uganda has suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia, including allegations of sexual exploitation, the army says.

Shabaab down but not out after military setbacks

2014-10-10 13:09

Military strikes that drove al-Shabaab from a strategic Somali port this week and killed their leader last month have dealt the group a hefty blow, but it is far too soon to declare victory.

HRW: Amisom raped vulnerable Somalis

2014-09-08 14:43

Internationally-funded AU troops in war-torn Somalia have raped women and traded food aid for sex, Human rights Watch says in a damning report.

Ebola stops peacekeepers

2014-08-05 05:00

Sierra Leone, which is battling to contain the deadly Ebola virus, will stop new rotations of its UN-led forces into Somalia for now as authorities move to establish safeguards.

We need to do more to address conflicts - Zuma

2014-06-26 11:57

President Jacob Zuma has urged closer co-operation between the AU's Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council, in light of Africa's limited resources to tackle crises on its own.

Al-Shabaab attack hotel in central Somalia

2014-06-26 10:08

Explosions and gunfire have been heard at a hotel in central Somalia used by Somali soldiers and Djibouti peacekeepers working for the African Union, residents say.

Kenya air strikes pound Somali Shabaab bases

2014-06-23 10:12

Kenyan fighter jets have bombed bases of Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab with scores of fighters killed, the AU force fighting the extremists says.

Somali Islamists attack hotel in central region

2014-03-18 11:51

Somali Islamist militants have driven a car bomb at a hotel in a town in central Somalia that was being used by AU and Somali military forces, a resident and the militant group say.

Shabaab urges Somalis to battle Ethiopia

2014-03-11 10:29

The leader of the al-Qaeda-aligned Islamist group al-Shabaab has urged Somalis to wage holy war against Ethiopia whose forces are preparing to lead an AU offensive against the militants.

Heavy exchange of fire at Somali presidential palace

2014-02-21 13:01

There is shelling and heavy exchange of fire between Amison and al-Qaeda-linked militants following an attack on the Somali presidential compound.

US military faces Africa cuts

2013-11-15 08:59

US military forces in Africa may lose well over a tenth from their 2014 budget, the US Africa Command says, although it sees success against militants in Somalia and Mali.

Somalia gang rape: HRW wants new probe

2013-11-11 08:43

Human Rights Watch has called for Somalia’s government to order a new, impartial and transparent investigation into an alleged gang-rape by African Union soldiers.

Uganda arrests peacekeepers over theft

2013-10-29 16:32

Uganda has arrested at least peacekeepers who once served in Somalia over alleged theft of fuel and other supplies from the international mission.

Donors put up nearly €2bn for Somalia 'New Deal'

2013-09-17 12:50

International donors have pledged nearly €2bn as part of a "New Deal" to help Somalia recover from more than 20 years of civil war and destruction.

Amisom thwarts Shabaab attack in Kismayo

2013-08-23 09:02

African troops in Somalia say they have thwarted an attack by Islamist Shabaab fighters on their base in the southern port city of Kismayo.

AU troops accused of Somalia gang rape

2013-08-15 11:22

The AU force fighting in Somalia is investigating the alleged gang rape of a woman by its soldiers, a case that has sparked outrage in Mogadishu, the AU says.

Somalia demands Kenya army exits Kismayo

2013-07-01 16:52

Somalia's government has demanded that Kenyan troops stationed in the volatile port city of Kismayo as part of an African Union force be replaced.

Somalia's Shabaab 'a serious threat'

2013-04-16 15:27

A spectacular attack by Shabaab Islamists in Mogadishu at the weekend has enabled the extremists to show they remain a serious threat.

Don't lift Somalia arms embargo, UN told

2013-03-05 11:40

A rights group has warned the UN Security Council not to left the 21-year-old arms embargo in place for Somalia as called for by a draft resolution, describing the idea as premature.

AU troops kill 5 children in Somali town

2013-01-17 20:32

African Union peacekeepers trying to dislodge Islamist rebels from Somalia's Lower Shabelle region shot dead at least seven civilians in a remote town, residents say.

AU appeals for UN funding for Mali force

2012-12-06 09:45

The African Union has appealed for UN funding for a military operation to combat Islamist extremists in northern Mali.

AU, Somali troops capture Islamist town

2012-10-07 22:03

African Union troops together with Somali forces have seized the formerly Islamist-held town of Wanla Weyn, the latest loss for the al-Qaeda linked Shabaab fighters.

AU, Somali troops seize Marka

2012-08-28 19:18

African Union and Somali troops have captured the key port of Marka from Shabaab insurgents in the latest of a string of bases to be wrested off the extremists.

Uganda military helicopters missing

2012-08-13 07:48

A number of Ugandan military helicopters have gone missing in Kenyan airspace on their way to Somalia to reinforce AU peacekeeping forces battling al-Shabaab rebels, the Ugandan military says.

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