Ethiopian troop withdrawal from Somalia exposes peacekeeping problems

Ethiopian troop withdrawal from Somalia exposes peacekeeping problems

Since October, Ethiopia has been withdrawing troops from Somalia. The redeployment highlights problems with the international community’s funding of military operations in Africa. The Ethiopian troops had been assisting the internationally funded African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The draw-down could imperil Somalia’s chances of becoming a viable nation state. Many assumed this redeployment was […]

Al Shabaab launch three attacks in Kenya, Somalia

Al Shabaab launch three attacks in Kenya, Somalia

Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group rammed a military base with a suicide truck bomb, shot dead an intelligence officer and killed 12 people in a Kenyan border town in a series of strikes over 24 hours, the militants said on Tuesday. The group, which once ruled much of Somalia, wants to topple the Western-backed government […]

Crisis looms as Kenya forces refugees to return to war-torn Somalia

Crisis looms as Kenya forces refugees to return to war-torn Somalia

With the closure of the world’s largest migrant camp in Kenya, thousands of Somali refugees could be forced to return to their war-ravaged homeland. The move has been branded a violation of international law. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Monday that what was supposed to be a voluntary returns process, involving mostly Somalis, did […]

Al Shabaab claims deadly suicide bombing in Somalia

Al Shabaab claims deadly suicide bombing in Somalia

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a local government headquarters in Somalia while another bomber targeted a nearby marketplace, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 30 others, police said Sunday. Abdisalam Yusuf said one bomber rammed the car into a checkpoint in Galkayo town Sunday morning after […]