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Sep 30, 2012

Kenya navy shells Somali town after rebels retreat

MOGADISHU, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Kenyan warships shelled the
southern Somali port of Kismayu overnight after al Qaeda-linked
rebels said they had abandoned the city, residents said on
Sunday.

Stunned by an assault by sea, air and ground forces late on
Friday night, al Shabaab rebels fled the city that had been
their key source of revenue, retreating to surrounding forests
and towns.

Sep 30, 2012

Kenya navy shells Somali town after rebels announce retreat

MOGADISHU, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Kenyan warships shelled the
southern Somali port of Kismayu overnight after al Qaeda-linked
rebels said they had abandoned the city, residents said on
Sunday.

Stunned by an assault by sea, air and ground forces late on
Friday night, al Shabaab rebels fled the city that had been
their key source of revenue, retreating to surrounding forests
and towns.

Sep 29, 2012

Somalia’s al Shabaab rebels pull out of Kismayu bastion

MOGADISHU, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab rebels
withdrew from the southern Somali city of Kismayu overnight, the
group and residents said, a day after Kenyan and Somali
government forces attacked the militants’ last bastion.

The loss of Kismayu will deal a major blow to the al
Qaeda-linked movement, depriving it of revenue and weakening
morale, but is unlikely to mark its demise.

Aug 1, 2012

Suicide bombers strike as Somali constitution agreed

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers attacked a conference in Somalia on Wednesday but failed to stop delegates agreeing a new draft constitution that is meant to help the violence-torn East African country return to stability.

One bomber killed six security officers, while the other was shot and killed before he could detonate his bomb, police said.

May 30, 2012

Somali rebels say repel Kenyan attack on Afmadow

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Kenya’s military said it captured the Somali rebel redoubt of Afmadow on Wednesday, but the al Shabaab militant group said it had repulsed a Kenyan attack and still controlled the strategic town in southern Somalia.

A spokesman for Somali government forces fighting alongside the Kenyans said they had advanced to the outskirts of Afmadow but had not captured the town, as Kenya’s military spokesman, Major Emmanuel Chirchir, had stated earlier.

May 29, 2012

Somali President escapes rebel ambush on convoy

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab rebels ambushed an armored convoy carrying the country’s president during a rare overland trip outside the capital on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said.

President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed was unharmed in the attack which occurred on the outskirts of Elasha town, located between Mogadishu and the former rebel stronghold of Afgoye, about 30 km (18 miles) northwest of the city.

May 23, 2012

AU forces intensify attack on Somali rebels

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – African Union and Somali government troops stepped up their assault on al Shabaab militants in the capital’s northern outskirts on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of families to flee their makeshift homes and head for the city centre.

The AU force, which already controls most of the capital, is trying to advance through the Afgoye corridor, once a rural area northwest of Mogadishu but now home to hundreds of thousands of Somalis uprooted from their homes.

May 22, 2012

AU troops battle Somali rebels for control of IDP corridor

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Fighting erupted outside Somalia’s capital as African Union and government troops launched attacks against al Shabaab insurgents in a push to seize further ground from the rebels, AU officials said on Tuesday.

Already in control of most of the capital, the AU force wants to advance through the Afgoye corridor – once a rural area to the north of Mogadishu but now home to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people.

May 10, 2012

Ethiopian troops battle Somali rebels blocking supplies

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Ethiopian troops and Somali government forces killed 17 al Shabaab rebels on Thursday after the Islamist militants blocked a road in southern Somalia and stole goods, a regional official said.

Mohamed Abdi Mayow, the governor of Bakool region, said the al Qaeda-linked militants had been blocking trucks carrying supplies to Hudur for seven weeks and had unloaded goods from at least five lorries.

May 8, 2012

Somali rebels shell peacekeepers, at least 9 dead

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist rebels armed with mortars and machine guns attacked African Union forces in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu overnight, sparking a battle that killed at least nine people, officials and residents said on Tuesday.

The al Shabaab militants, who are allied to al Qaeda, were forced out of most of the city last year but have kept up sporadic bomb and suicide attacks.

    • About Feisal

      "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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