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Tuareg Rebels, Islamist Militants Clash in Northern Mali

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in a restive northern Mali town say fighting has broken out between Taureg rebels and Islamist militants. Residents say gunfire erupted in the center of Gao on Wednesday between the Tuareg separatist MNLA and the MUJAO militant group. A VOA reporter says residents took shelter in their homes as the two sides fire heavy […]

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Casualties Reported After Suicide Bombing of Somali Military Base

Posted June 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Casualties are reported after a suicide bomber in Somalia attacked a military base housing African Union soldiers and Somali security forces. Somali officials say a car laden with explosives blew up Saturday outside the military base in the town of Afgoye, about 30 kilometers west of the capital, Mogadishu. Officials are investigating further details of […]

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Mali Rebels, Militants Clash in North

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants have clashed in northern Mali, just days after breaking off a brief alliance against the government. A local official in the city of Timbuktu told VOA the two sides exchanged gunfire at a checkpoint on Wednesday, injuring at least two people. Parliament member Baba Haidara said the fighting began after […]

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DRC Says Close to Crushing Ntaganda Rebellion

Posted June 6th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government says it is close to ending a rebellion by soldiers loyal to Bosco Ntaganda, a militia leader wanted by the International Criminal Court. Information minister Lambert Mende told VOA Wednesday that the army had made significant advances and may soon crush the rebellion. “The army is advancing and they […]

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Kenyan, Somali Forces Seize Key Town from Al-Shabab

Posted May 31st, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Somali government and Kenyan troops have seized the town of Afmadow from al-Shabab militants, pushing the battle line closer to the rebels’ biggest remaining stronghold in southern Somalia. Somali military spokesman Mohamed Farah told VOA that forces surrounded the town for days before capturing it on Thursday. “Today we shelled some identified areas of the […]

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Kenyan Warships Shell on Al-Shabab Stronghold in Somalia

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s military says its warships have shelled the port of Kismayo in Somalia, the largest town still held by al-Shabab militants. Witnesses told VOA that two warships began firing at Kismayo overnight Tuesday. The attack continued after sunrise, with one shell hitting a house and wounding a child. Kenyan military spokesman Cyrus Oguna told VOA […]

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Witnesses: Warships Fire on Al-Shabab Stronghold in Somalia

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in Somalia say warships have fired on a key port town controlled by the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. The witnesses told VOA the two warships, believed to be Kenyan, began firing at the coastal town of Kismayo early Tuesday. The attack continued after sunrise, with one shell hitting a house and wounding a child. […]

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AU, Somali Troops Make ‘Strong Progress’ Against al-Shabab

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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African Union and Somali officials say their troops have made “strong progress” in a fast-moving offensive to capture a key al-Shabab rebel stronghold northwest of the capital, Mogadishu. A statement issued Wednesday said troops were advancing to the area of Elasha in the strategic Afgoye corridor between Mogadishu and the regional capital, Baidoa, and that […]

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AU, Somali Troops Battle al-Shabab in Major Offensive

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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African Union and Somali officials say troops are locked in heavy fighting with al-Shabab fighters outside the capital, Mogadishu, in a fast-moving offensive to capture a key militant stronghold. A commander on the ground told VOA troops were advancing to the area of Elasha, the center of a sprawling camp with an estimated 400,000 refugees. […]

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AU, Somali Troops Battle al-Shabab in Major Offensive

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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African Union and Somali officials say troops are locked in heavy fighting with al-Shabab fighters outside the capital, Mogadishu, in a fast-moving offensive to capture a key militant stronghold. A commander on the ground told VOA troops were advancing to the area of Elasha, the center of a sprawling camp with an estimated 400,000 refugees. […]

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