Al Shabab attacks Somali parliament, killing at least 10

May 25, 2014

Al Shabab attacks Somali parliament, killing at least 10

Al-Shabab militants stormed Somalia’s parliament on Saturday, killing at least 10 security officers in a bomb and gun assault that the United States condemned as a “heinous act of terrorism.” The attack started with a car bomb at a gate to the heavily fortified ...

'Gleam of hope' in strife-torn Somalia

Apr 2, 2014

'Gleam of hope' in strife-torn Somalia

by Mizuho Aoki

While some African countries have made huge strides in terms of peace and security, others are still struggling to find their footing, a U.N. official who monitors development in the region said. Ayaka Suzuki, 42, deputy director of the Africa I Division of the ...

Feb 15, 2014

Somalia diverts arms to clans: U.N.

U.N. monitors have found evidence that arms shipments to the Somali government have been diverted to clan militias and in one case were destined for an al-Shabab rebel commander. A confidential report by the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group, seen Friday, found “high-level and ...

Nov 13, 2013

Ships can carry armed guards against pirates

The Diet enacted a bill Wednesday that allows security guards to carry rifles aboard Japan-registered vessels to counter piracy off Somalia and elsewhere. The legislation, passed with support from both the ruling and opposition camps, is the first in Japan to authorize private citizens ...

Oct 29, 2013

Top Somalia al-Shabab militant killed in drone strike

A top suicide bomb maker for Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels has been killed in a drone strike, government officials said Tuesday after the latest attack by U.S. forces against the al-Qaida-linked group. Residents near the site of the strike in southern Somalia reported at least ...

Oct 7, 2013

With twin attacks, Obama renews doctrine of limited force

By ordering risky raids against Islamic extremists in Somalia and Libya, U.S. President Barack Obama has shown a renewed readiness to use force while trying to keep the scope limited. The twin commando operations in the lawless African states came even while the U.S. ...

Warlord behind Kenya attack has global ambitions

Sep 26, 2013

Warlord behind Kenya attack has global ambitions

by Sudarsan Raghavan

The alleged Somali mastermind of the assault on a posh mall that killed scores and jolted Kenya is a man of contradictions. Ahmed Godane is bookish, eloquent in both Arabic and Somali, recites poetry and is known to quote from obscure academic journals, analysts ...