Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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A new report by United Nations special investigators says Kenya's military was responsible for five attacks on telecommunications masts in neighbouring Somalia, including strikes that killed two civilians.
The UN Security Council has delayed a plan to draw down the peacekeeping mission in Somalia after finding that Somali security forces were not sufficiently trained to take over from the exiting forces.
Somalia's president has called for an end to the arms embargo on his long-chaotic country, saying that if the military doesn't have more sophisticated equipment in the fight against the al-shabaab terror group.
Burundi has said it would not follow through on its planned withdrawal of troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) after reaching an agreement over the payment of wages.
Ethiopia has denied that a string of withdrawals of troops from towns in Somalia are connected to the state of emergency declared in response to nearly a year of anti-government protests.
Somali government troops backed by African peacekeepers have retaken control of a town close to the Kenyan border hours after its seizure by heavily-armed Shabaab jihadists, officials and witnesses say.
Shabaab jihadists in Somalia have publicly executed six men they accused of spying, including one they claimed helped kill their supreme leader in a US drone strike.
The Ugandan ringleader of a 2010 bombing by the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab that killed 76 people in Kampala has been found guilty.
The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia has apologised for accidentally killing four civilians after soldiers mistook them for Shabaab.
A child was killed and six others wounded in Mogadishu after mortar shells targeted Villa Somalia, the main government complex.
The African Union has asked Burundi to reduce its contribution to an African peacekeeping force in Somalia by a thousand men under a progressive pullout from the country by the AU.
The US military says it has carried out an airstrike against al-Shabaab in Somalia as the Trump administration quietly steps up efforts against the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.
The UN secretary general has urged more funding for African Union troops in Somalia battling Islamic extremists trying to take over the country.
The AU has lashed the EU for saying it will pay Burundian peacekeepers in Somalia directly, rather than through their government, ostensibly to prevent the money being diverted to the regime in Bujumbura.
Fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group launched a major attack on a strategic town near Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people, including civilians, before retreating.
The African Union said it plans to pull its soldiers out of Somalia where they are fighting jihadists by December 2020.
Somalia's security forces have arrested five soldiers from the African Union multinational force in the country for allegedly selling military supplies.
US special operations forces working with African partners called in an air strike against the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group in Somalia.
An armed group denies Mahad Karate and 10 other commanders died in air strike, saying the top official is 'safe and sound'.
Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab militants have stormed an African Union base in the country's southwest.
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