Category: East Africa

‘Three Egyptians arrested in Ethiopia on charges of spying,’ Elaph (London), 10 May 2014

Ethiopian authorities have arrested three Egyptians, saying that they were spying on the Grand Renaissance Dam. Meanwhile, the Egyptian foreign ministry said that relevant agencies are following the case, indicating that Egypt will not compromise on the issue of the dam. A security source told “Elaph” that information about the dam is readily available to Egypt, and that it does not need to spy to get it. Continue reading

‘Deputy of Federal Parliament killed in Mogadishu’, Somalia Today, 21st April 2014

 The al- Shabaab increase their attacks on government officials in retaliation for permitting foreign troops in Somalia.


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‘Political Tensions between Puntland and Galmudug’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 5th March 2014

Despite relations having improved recently, a recent skirmish from Galmudug on Puntland territory in Somalia may sour further developments…

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‘MP Mahdi ‘Ali: Security in the Capital linked to security forces working among the people’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 1st March 2014

At a time when the al-Shabaab have strengthened their hold on Mogadishu, Somali MP Mahdi ‘Ali Othman suggests the use of plain-clothed policemen and security officials.

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‘The Ethiopian Foreign Minister Announces its support for stabilizing Somalia’s security’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 27th February 2014

Ethiopia announces it’s continued support to the Federal Government of Somalia in it’s war against the Al-Shabaab. Ethiopia is active in the peacekeeping activities of the African Union and currently has troops in C.A.R., Egypt, South Sudan and Somalia.

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‘The Shabaab mention the killing of Foreign Diplomats in an attack on Presidential Palace’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 24th February 2014

In the latest chapter of the al-Shabaab offensive which has been ongoing since the New Year, the militant Islamist group launches a large scale attack on the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu. Diplomats from other Uganda and Djibouti are reported to have died in the attack.

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‘Demonstration in Mogadishu by Soldiers in the Somali Army’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 9th February 2014

In a strange turn of events the Chief of Staff for the Somali Armed Forces announces the demobilization of soldiers fighting for the Federal Somali Government. The reason is not explained, but surely this will only fuel further instability and broaden the labour-pool for insurgent groups.

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‘Kenyan Police arrest three men accused of belonging to al-Shabaab’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 9th February 2014

Kenyan police arrest three individuals from the al-Shabaab and confiscate their armaments.

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‘Kenya Planning the Withdrawal of her forces from Kismayo’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 2nd February 2014

Kenyan troops withdraw from the port city of Kismayu in southern Somalia, amongst mass demonstrations demanding that they remain.

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‘Clashes between Somali forces in Lower Shabelle’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 29th January 2014

Clashes erupt between different factions of the Somali army although the article remains unclear. Clashes most certainly occurred in the Lower Shabelle on the 28th Jan. 2014. The government has yet to release a statement.

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