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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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Kenya Says Foreign Forces Join Fight Against Somali Militants

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya says other foreign military forces have joined an offensive against al-Shabaab militants in Somalia. Military spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir said Sunday that a French naval ship bombed the southern Somali town of Kuday near the rebel stronghold Kismayo. Warplanes have also carried out airstrikes in recent days in Kismayo, but it is not clear who […]

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Kenya Says Somali Militants on the Run

Posted October 22nd, 2011 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenya says Somalia’s al-Shabab militants were on the run after it deployed more ground troops and launched airstrikes against rebel targets to secure its border against Somali insurgents. Kenya’s army reported Saturday that its air and ground forces had pushed further across southern Somalia in its pursuit of al-Shabab. The government said forces had moved […]

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Kenya Says Somali Militants on the Run

Posted October 22nd, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenya says Somalia’s al-Shabab militants were on the run after it deployed more ground troops and launched airstrikes against rebel targets to secure its border against Somali insurgents. Kenya’s army reported Saturday that its air and ground forces had pushed further across southern Somalia in its pursuit of al-Shabab. The government said forces had moved […]

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Reports: Al-Shabab Strikes Back in Mogadishu District

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in Somalia say al-Shabab militants have recaptured most of an important district of Mogadishu from African Union troops. Journalists and witnesses tell VOA the al-Qaida-linked group retook the Daynile district Thursday, not long after Somali officials said pro-government forces and AU troops were in control. Witnesses also say they saw the bodies of at […]

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Reports: Al-Shabab Strikes Back in Mogadishu District

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in Somalia say al-Shabab militants have recaptured most of an important Mogadishu district, after launching a fierce counterattack that killed dozens of African Union troops. Journalists and witnesses told VOA the al-Qaida-linked group retook the Daynile district Thursday afternoon, and they said sporadic gunfire continued into the evening. Witnesses also told VOA they had […]

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Al-Shabab Loses Last Mogadishu District

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab has been driven from its last stronghold in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Officials say Somali government and African Union forces seized control of Mogadishu’s Daynile district in a joint military operation early Thursday. A government statement calls Daynile a “strategic corridor” that connects Mogadishu to Somalia’s Middle and Lower Shabelle regions. […]

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Al-Shabab Loses Last Mogadishu District

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses say Somali government forces are in control of Daynile, the last part of the Somali capital that was controlled by al-Shabab militants. A local journalist confirmed the takeover to VOA Thursday. Somali government troops and African Union forces attacked the district in northern Mogadishu at dawn and seized control of the area after brief […]

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