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Dec 3, 2014

Three Somalis killed in attack on U.N. convoy in capital

MOGADISHU, Dec 3 (Reuters) – At least three Somali security
personnel were killed when a car bomb targeting a United Nations
convoy exploded near the airport in the Somali capital, police

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but in the
past similar attacks against the U.N. have been carried out by
al Shabaab militants who are allied with al Qaeda and want to
topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu.

Nov 11, 2014

Somali lawmakers debate whether to sack PM, Washington fears more turmoil

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali lawmakers said they would begin a debate on Tuesday on a motion to sack Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, a move Washington warned could deepen political turmoil.

The no-confidence motion was backed by lawmakers loyal to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after the two men fell out over a cabinet reshuffle last month.

Oct 23, 2014

Somali port poised for facelift with Turkish help

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The Somali government’s grand vision for Mogadishu port under its new Turkish managers sees modern container ships replacing wooden dhows, new cranes easing the back-breaking work of porters and a surge in state revenue as traffic rises.

Outsourcing port operations to Turkey’s Albayrak Group is one more sign of Somalia’s slow rehabilitation, a dramatic shift from more than two decades of war when clans battled for control of Somalia’s most valuable asset and let its facilities decay.

Oct 22, 2014

Somalia’s al Shabaab says stones man to death for rape

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab militants said on Wednesday they had stoned an 18-year-old man to death for raping a woman at gunpoint in one of their strongholds in the southern Lower Shabelle region.

The group, which pledges loyalty to al Qaeda, has been losing territory in an offensive by African and Somali troops, but has been determined to demonstrate its authority over areas it still controls.

Oct 15, 2014

Somali militants kill five with car bomb in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least five people were killed and several wounded when a car bomb planted by Islamist militant group al Shabaab exploded near restaurants on a busy street in the Somali capital on Wednesday.

Al Shabaab, which wants to topple the government it says is a puppet of Western powers, has frequently launched bomb and gun attacks in Mogadishu and promised more attacks after losing control of a major coastal stronghold this month.

Oct 11, 2014

Somalia to halt banned charcoal trade at port recaptured from al Shabaab

BARAWE, Somalia, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Somalia’s president said
on Saturday he would halt charcoal exports from Barawe, a port
town recaptured from an Islamist group who U.N. investigators
said had benefitted from the illegal trade.

The U.N. Security Council forbade charcoal exports from
Somalia in 2012 in a bid to cut off al Shabaab’s funding, but
the group largely ignored the ban.

Oct 10, 2014

Somalia’s Islamist rebels down but not out after military setbacks

BARAWE Somalia (Reuters) – Military strikes that drove al Shabaab rebels from a strategic Somali port this week and killed their leader last month have dealt the group a hefty blow, but it is far too soon to declare victory say Somalis, Western diplomats and military commanders.

Youths celebrated the routing of al Shabaab from Barawe by playing street soccer for the first time in six years, one of many activities banned by the austere Islamists alongside chewing the stimulant khat and watching satellite television.

Oct 6, 2014

Somali, African troops deploy inside former rebel stronghold

BARAWE Somalia (Reuters) – Somalia’s army and African troops deployed forces on Monday inside a strategic port which they retook from Islamist rebels at the weekend, promising residents they would be protected.

The force of African Union peacekeepers and the Somali National Army said on Sunday they had driven out al Shabaab militants without a fight from Barawe, a stronghold used by rebels to ship in guns and generate cash from charcoal exports.

Oct 5, 2014

African Union and Somali forces claim Shabaab stronghold of Barawe

BARAWE Somalia (Reuters) – African Union and Somali troops on Sunday took control of Barawe, a port town used by al Shabaab to bring in arms and fighters from abroad, after the al Qaeda-linked militants fled without a fight, the AU and a Somali official said.

The African Union and the Somali military launched a joint offensive in March to drive the Islamist fighters out of towns and areas they control, and stepped up their campaign in August after a surge in gun and bomb attacks in Mogadishu.

Oct 5, 2014

African Union, Somali troops retake Shabaab stronghold of Barawe

BARAWE, Somalia, Oct 5 (Reuters) – About 1,000 African Union
and Somali troops took control on Sunday of the al Shabaab
militant stronghold of Barawe on the southern Somali coast after
the al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants fled without resistance,
a Somali official said.

The African Union and the Somali military launched a joint
offensive in March to drive the al Qaeda-linked Islamists out of
towns and areas they control, and stepped up their campaign in
August after a surge in gun and bomb attacks in Mogadishu.

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      "Feisal Omar Hashi was born in 1982 in Burao, Northern Somalia, and is currently based in Mogadishu. In 1999, as a student studying several subjects, including photography and editing, at a media institute in Mogadishu, he started working with a local Somali website. He began working with Reuters in early 2007, and has since operated in Mogadishu amid the escalating violence."
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