U.S. Welcomes Joint AMISOM-Somali National Army Efforts Against al-Shabaab

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 12, 2014 The AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops working jointly with the Somali National Army have liberated several towns from al-Shabaab in Western Somalia. These efforts will help spread … [Read more...]

Ghana – 2 Chinese arrested in Ghana for human trafficking

ACCRA, March 6 -- Two Chinese nationals are set to go on trial here for allegedly trafficking seven Vietnamese into Ghana, local reports said here on Wednesday. According to local Joy f, radio station, the two were said to have been arrested after surveillance mounted on their activities since … [Read more...]

Eritrea in Secret Talks with UN

Waagacusub.net- Two years ago it would have been unthinkable that Eritrea would countenance a meeting with the much derided UN monitors on Somalia and Eritrea. However, it now appears there's a cooling of relations between the two. Waagacusub can reveal that the Monitoring Group has been holding … [Read more...]

Militants Attack Somali president’s compound

Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed when Islamist militants attacked the Somali presidential compound on Friday, blasting through a gate with a car bomb and fighting a gunbattle with guards. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was unharmed in the assault on the heavily-fortified compound … [Read more...]

Egypt militants warn tourists to leave or face attack

(Reuters) - A militant Islamist group has warned tourists to leave Egypt and threatened to attack any who stay in the country after February 20, raising the prospect of a new front in a fast-growing insurgency. The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which claimed responsibility for a suicide … [Read more...]

Egypt, Russia Seal $2B Arms Deal

Egypt has concluded an arms deal with Russia worth $2 billion, a senior official source told Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, noting that the Egyptian and Russian sides reached agreement on all details of the agreement over the past few weeks. The source, who asked not to be named, said … [Read more...]

US forces launch missile strike against Shebab leader in Somalia

Washington (AFP) - The US military launched a missile strike in Somalia on Sunday targeting a suspected Shebab militant leader, defense officials said. One of the officials said an unmanned drone launched the missile in the late evening hours, but declined to confirm the suspect's identity or … [Read more...]

Grabbing the Ethiopian lion by the tail with help of Bollore

By Geleh Ali Marshall Somaliland is cleverly inducing a third party –Bollore Africa Logistics to facilitate and bring into fruition the elusive Berbera Corridor that holds so much economic promise for this young nation irrespective to its inability to partake in or to become a party to an … [Read more...]

South Sudan Rebels Seize Oil-Rich State’s Capital Amid Talks

Bloomberg.com - South Sudanese rebels said they captured Malakal, the capital of oil-rich Upper Nile state, as talks aimed at securing a cease-fire in the nation’s four-week-old conflict continued for a second day. Opposition forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar seized Malakal today … [Read more...]

China urges S. Sudan ceasefire as peace talks stutter

ADDIS ABABA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) - China, the biggest investor in South Sudan's oil industry, called on Monday for an immediate ceasefire in the world's newest state, as rebel and government negotiators haggled over the scope of peace talks meant to end three weeks of fighting. Chinese Foreign … [Read more...]