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Kenya Reports First Direct Clash With al-Shabab in Somalia

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenya says its troops in Somalia have exchanged fire with al-Shabab militants in the first direct clash between the sides. A Kenyan military statement says Kenyan troops were attacked by about 45 al-Shabab fighters Thursday as the troops moved toward the southern Somali town of Qoqani to reinforce forward positions. The statement says Kenyan forces […]

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Kenya Reports First Direct Clash With al-Shabab in Somalia

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya says its troops in Somalia have exchanged fire with al-Shabab militants in the first direct clash between the sides. A Kenyan military statement says Kenyan troops were attacked by about 45 al-Shabab fighters Thursday as the troops moved toward the southern Somali town of Qoqani to reinforce forward positions. The statement says Kenyan forces […]

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Four Killed in Attack on Vehicle in Northeastern Kenya

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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At least four Kenyan government workers are dead after their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in northeastern Kenya. Police say the vehicle was carrying eight education and security officials when it was attacked Thursday in the El Wak area, not far from the Kenyan-Somali border. It was not immediately clear who was behind […]

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Four Killed in Attack on Vehicle in Northeastern Kenya

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Local media reports and eyewitnesses say gunmen have attacked a vehicle in northeastern Kenya, killing at least four people. The reports say the attack happened in the sparsely populated northeastern district of Mandera, near the Somali-Kenya border. It is not immediately clear who is responsible for the attack, or who was being targeted. The incident […]

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Kenya Suspect in Grenade Attack Says He is Al-Shabab Member

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A Kenyan man has pleaded guilty to one of two grenade attacks in Nairobi this week and attested in court that he is a member of the Somali-based militant group al-Shabab. Elgiva Bwire Oliacha pleaded guilty Wednesday to causing grievous bodily harm and other charges in connection with a grenade attack at a crowded bus […]

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Kenya Arrests Terror Suspect Following Nairobi Attacks

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan police have arrested a man suspected of belonging to a terrorist group thought to be responsible for a series of attacks in the country, one day after two explosions in the capital Nairobi killed one person and left more than 20 wounded. Police said late Tuesday they detained a Kenyan man, along with a […]

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US Says No Participation in Kenya’s Somalia Operation

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has denied taking part in Kenya’s operation against al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia. A U.S. State Department release said Tuesday that the U.S. has helped Kenya build its border defense capacity for years, but added, “The United States is not participating in Kenya’s current operation in Somalia.” A Kenyan army spokesman said […]

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Kenyan Lawmaker Denounces Somali President’s Comments

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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A top Kenyan lawmaker is denouncing Somalia’s president for his opposition to Kenya’s incursion into Somalia. In an interview Tuesday with VOA , Deputy Speaker of Parliament Farah Moallim says the comments of Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed do not reflect the interest of the Somali people. Kenya sent troops into southern Somalia a […]

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Somali President Opposes Kenya Incursion

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s president says his government opposes Kenya’s military incursion to chase down al-Shabab militants. Speaking to reporters in Mogadishu, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said only African Union troops can legally operate in Somalia. The president said Somali government troops do need support from Kenya’s military, but, he added, “not more than that.” Mr. Sharif […]

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France Refutes Reports it Carried out Somalia Airstrikes

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The French embassy in Kenya is refuting media reports that France carried out airstrikes in the Somali city of Kismayo. In a statement Monday, the embassy asked that Kenyan newspapers correct what it described as “the false impression” created by the reports. On Sunday, Kenyan army spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir indicated foreign forces had joined his […]

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