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Ethiopian Troops Enter Somalia, Back Offensive Against Al-Shabab

Hundreds of heavily-armed Ethiopian troops have crossed into Somalia, reportedly to assist a Somali government offensive against al-Shabab militants. Residents in the border town of Dolow, in Somalia’s Gedo region, say they saw at least 30 vehicles carrying Ethiopian troops crossing into Somalia late Tuesday. Witnesses who spoke to VOA Somali on condition of anonymity […]

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Trump Blames Generals for Deadly Niger Ambush

Did President Donald Trump, the commander-in-chief, just blame U.S. generals for the deadly October 4 ambush in Niger? When asked by reporters on Wednesday if he authorized the mission in Niger that left four U.S. special forces soldiers dead, Trump said, “No, I didn’t, not specifically.” The generals have “decision-making ability,” he added. “I have […]


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Somali, US Military Claim to Destroy an Al-Shabab Training Base

Somali and U.S. military forces have destroyed an al-Shabab training base in Somalia’s Middle Jubba region. Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said Sunday he authorized the country’s special forces with support from international partners to conduct a pre-dawn strike against an al-Shabab training camp near Sakow. He said the strike destroyed a key al-Shabab command […]


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Russia Set For Rocket Fire Off Libya

Russian warships are planning to carry out live rocket tests in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya later this month, prompting the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to warn aircraft passing through the airspace of the war-torn north African nation. The FAA has warned that the tests could be carried out by the Russian […]


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At Least 13 Killed in Somalia Fighting

At least 13 people were killed in fighting Tuesday between government forces and Islamist insurgents in southwestern Somalia, according to witnesses and officials. The fighting began early in the day when insurgents attacked the Somali National Army base in the district of Goofgaduud, about 35 kilometers outside, Baidoa, 250 kilometers (160 miles) northwest of Mogadishu. […]