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Kenyan Troops Approach Key Rebel-Held City

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan troops are advancing on a strategic rebel stronghold in southern Somalia as part of a cross-border military operation against al-Shabab militants in Somali territory. Kenyan ground forces, backed by heavy air strikes, approached the rebel-held town of Afmadow on Tuesday, as al-Shabab rushed in reinforcements to the city. On Sunday, Kenya declared war on […]

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Al-Shabab Threatens to Retaliate for Kenya Incursion

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Somali militant group al-Shabab is threatening attacks against Kenya unless the Kenyan government pulls its troops from Somali territory. Kenyan soldiers and armored vehicles entered southern Somalia over the weekend in what the government called a “pursuit” operation against al-Shabab, which Kenya blames for a series of kidnappings near the Kenya-Somali border. Speaking to reporters […]

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Kenyan Troops Push into Southern Somalia

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan troops have pushed further into southern Somalia, after crossing the border to fight the militant group al-Shabab. Residents of the area said Monday that Kenyan troops, backed by armored vehicles, were near the village of Qoqani, which al-Shabab abandoned on Saturday. Al-Shabab has vowed to fight back against the Kenyans, calling on all Somalis […]

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Kenyan Troops Push into Southern Somalia

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Residents in Somalia say Kenyan troops have pushed farther into the southern part of the country, after crossing the border to fight against the militant group al-Shabab. The residents said Monday the troops backed by armored vehicles were near the town of Qoqani. An official with Ras Kamboni – a militia allied with the Somali […]

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Kenyan Troops Enter Southern Somalia

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports from southern Somalia say Kenyan troops have entered the area to fight against the militant group al-Shabab, though Kenya’s defense minister denies the claim. An official with Ras Kamboni, a militia allied with the Somali government, tells VOA that about 400 Kenyan soldiers crossed the border on Friday and were in the Lower Jubba […]

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Kenyan Troops Enter Southern Somalia

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports from southern Somalia say Kenyan troops have entered the area, though Kenya’s defense minister denies the claim. An official with Ras Kamboni, a militia group allied with the Somali government, tells VOA that about 400 Kenyan soldiers crossed the border on Friday and were in the Lower Jubba region as of Sunday, assisting Somali […]

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Defense Minister Denies Kenyan Troops in Somalia

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s defense minister is denying reports the country has sent troops into Somalia to chase the militant group al-Shabab. The French news agency and a Kenyan newspaper, The Standard, reported Sunday that Kenyan forces have crossed the Somali border. But in an interview with VOA , Kenyan Defense Minister Yusuf Haji dismissed the reports as […]

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Officials: Kenyan Forces to Pursue Somali Militants

Posted October 15th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenyan security officials say their forces will pursue Somali militants across the Kenya-Somali border, following the kidnapping of four Europeans in recent weeks. Internal Security Minister George Saitoti says Kenya is being threatened with a serious level of terrorism. Defense Minister Yusuf Haji says Kenyan forces have a right to pursue the militants if Kenya […]

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Bangladesh Arrests Head of Banned Militant Group

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Security forces in Bangladesh say they have detained the head of the banned militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami. Military officials say Maulana Mohammad Yahia and two of his associates were arrested early Thursday in the Kishoreganj district. Yahia is accused of involvement in a deadly bomb blast during a New Year’s celebration in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka in […]

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Al-Shabab Militants Retreat from Somali Capital

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The African Union-backed government in Somalia has hailed the withdrawal of al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants from almost all their bases in the country’s famine-struck capital, Mogadishu. In a statement Saturday, Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said it is a “tremendous step forward” towards a more stable Somalia. He said the al-Shabab retreat is the result of […]

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