US MILITARY JOINS FIGHT AGAINST VIOLENT INSURGENCY IN NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

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By Donnelly McCleland The US military has reportedly joined the growing fight against jihadist insurgents in northern Mozambique. A dozen US Army Green Beret special forces began training Mozambican marines this week [17 March] in a two-month programme, the New York Times reported. The move indicates a greater commitment by the new Biden administration to…

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NINE KILLED IN HOTEL ATTACK IN SOMALI CAPITAL

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On Sunday 31 January, a suicide car bombing, followed by a shootout between al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group al-Shabaab and Somali security forces resulted in nine deaths – including four insurgents – at the Hotel Afrik, in the Somali capital Mogadishu. The hotel is known as a gathering place for Somali government officials. A local police captain…

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AL-SHABAAB LOODS MEER AANVALLE IN SOMALIË IN AANLOOP TOT 2021-VERKIESING

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Die fundamentalistiese Islamitiese groep, Al-Shabaab,maak aanspraak op verantwoordelikheid vir ’n aanval waarin minstens agt mense op Vrydag, 27 November, in die Somaliese hoofstad, Mogadishu, dood is. Die groep het ’n gewilde roomyswinkel, wat deur toeriste en regerings amptenare besoek word, gebombardeer en beweer dat die aanval “suksesvol en bedrewe uitgevoer is”. Dié bomaanval is op…

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AL-SHABAAB INCREASES ATTACKS IN SOMALIA IN LEAD-UP TO 2021 ELECTIONS

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The Islamist fundamentalist group al-Shabaab claimed an attack that killed at least eight people on Friday 27 November in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The group bombed a popular ice-cream shop that is frequented by tourists and government officials, claiming the attack was “successful and well-executed.” That bombing was followed by another on Saturday 28…

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