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.

Kismayo attack: Kenya seeks US, EU aid

2012-06-12 12:24

The EU and the US have been asked to help the AU force in Somalia to wrest the port of Kismayo from Somalia’s Shabaab Islamists, Kenyan PM Raila Odinga says.

AU, Somalia troops advance to Afgoye

2012-05-23 18:25

African Union and Somali forces captured new territory outside Mogadishu that has long been controlled by militant fighters.

Somalia warned over transition deadline

2012-05-16 14:01

The UN powers have expressed concern that Somalia's transitional administration is behind on a timetable to set up a permanent government by August.

Briton linked to rebels in Somalia

2012-03-28 08:36

A British man has been arrested in the Somali capital for suspected links to the Islamist rebel group al-Shabaab, the African Union’s force and police say.

Blast in Somali presidential compound

2012-03-14 15:08

An explosion has hit the presidential compound in the Somali capital Mogadishu, according to police and the African Union.

Somali residents welcome Ethiopian troops

2012-03-04 22:39

After three years of killings and violence under the rule of al Shabaab rebels, residents of the Somali city of Baidoa said they were happy to see the arrival of Ethiopian soldiers.

UN votes bigger African force in Somalia

2012-02-22 20:09

The UN Security Council has authorised an increase in the African Union force in Somalia to 17 700.


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.

Kenya troops integrate into Amisom

2012-06-02 22:00

Kenyan troops have been officially integrated into the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia (Amisom), with Kenya's defence minister signing an agreement at AU headquarters.

AU forces intensify attack on Somali rebels

2012-05-23 12:17

AU and Somali government troops have stepped up their assault on al-Shabaab militants in the capital’s northern outskirts, forcing hundreds of families to flee their makeshift homes and head for the city centre.

Somali market bombing kills 11

2012-04-09 18:50

A bomb blast in a market in the strategic Somali town of Baidoa has killed at least 11 people and wounded many more in the latest in a string of attacks in the war-torn nation.

Heavy fighting erupts in Somalia

2012-03-20 21:21

Heavy fighting between a government-allied militia and al-Qaeda-linked rebels in central Somalia has killed dozens of fighters as Islamist militants stepped up attacks in the capital.

Kenyan soldiers to join AU Somali force

2012-03-12 22:35

Kenya will avail 4 660 soldiers to the African Union force in Somalia, where it already has troops fighting the al-Qaeda linked Shabaab insurgents.

Mogadishu: Amisom attacks Shabaab positions

2012-03-02 13:50

African Union-backed Somali government troops have attacked hardline Shabaab insurgent positions in the war-torn capital of Mogadishu, officials say.

UN to boost Somali peacekeepers

2012-02-22 09:25

The UN Security Council is set to vote to increase the African peacekeeping force in Somalia to 17 000 troops, diplomats say.

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