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Somali Forces Clash with al-Shabab Militants in Mogadishu

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Heavy fighting has broken out between Somali government forces and al-Shabab rebels in the capital of Mogadishu, as Kenyan forces continue to advance across southern Somalia in an effort to hunt down members of the Somali insurgent group. Officials and witnesses said African Union-backed Somali forces launched an assault Thursday in Mogadishu’s Daynile district, one […]

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Somali Forces Attack al-Shabab Militants in Mogadishu

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Heavy fighting has broken out between Somali government forces and al-Shabab rebels in the capital of Mogadishu, as Kenyan forces continue to advance across southern Somalia in an effort to hunt down members of the Somali insurgent group. Officials and witnesses said African Union-backed Somali forces launched an assault Thursday in Mogadishu’s Daynile district, one […]

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Kenya Says Forces Kill 73 al-Shabab Fighters

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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The Kenyan army says it has killed dozens of al-Shabab militants since launching an incursion into Somalia several days ago. Army spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir told reporters Wednesday that 73 al-Shabab fighters have died in clashes with Kenyan forces. He said there have been no casualties on the Kenyan side. There is no independent confirmation of […]

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Frenchwoman Kidnapped in Kenya is Dead

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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France’s foreign ministry says an elderly French woman kidnapped by suspected Somali militants in Kenya earlier this month has died. French officials who had been negotiating for the release of Marie Dedieu said Wednesday that unspecified contacts informed them of her death. Officials say Dedieu probably died because she was not given her medication, which […]

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Frenchwoman Kidnapped in Somalia is Dead

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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France’s foreign ministry says an elderly French woman kidnapped by suspected Somali militants in Kenya earlier this month has died. French officials who had been negotiating for the release of Marie Dedieu said Wednesday that unspecified contacts informed them of her death. Officials say Dedieu probably died because she was not given her medication, which […]

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France: Hostage Dead in Kenya

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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France’s foreign ministry says an elderly French woman kidnapped in Kenya earlier this month has died. French officials who had been negotiating for the release of Marie Dedieu announced her death on Wednesday, although they did not give the circumstances or date of her death. Unidentified gunmen kidnapped Dedieu on October 1 from her beach […]

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Kenyan Troops Advance in Southern Somalia, Car Bomb Rocks Mogadishu

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan military forces are facing heavy rains and muddy terrain as they advance into at least two areas of neighboring Somalia in an effort to hunt down members of the militant Islamist group al-Shabab. Kenyan troops are reported to be near the al-Shabab-controlled town Afmadow in Somalia’s Jubba region, where residents are said to have […]

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Kenyan Troops Advance in Somalia, Pursuing Al-Shabab

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenyan forces have entered a second part of southern Somalia as part of operations against militant group al-Shabab. Officials and witnesses confirmed to VOA Tuesday that Kenyan troops, backed by helicopters, moved through the border town of El-Waq on Monday and are now in Somalia’s Gedo region. Kenyan troops have also been seen near the […]

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Kenyan Troops Approach Rebel-Held Somali Town

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Heavy rain is slowing Kenyan forces trying to advance on a town in southern Somalia held by militant group al-Shabab. Kenyan troops were positioned near the rebel-held town of Afmadow on Tuesday, as al-Shabab rushed reinforcements to the city. A Somali journalist tells VOA that the rain has prevented the troops from moving forward. Meanwhile, […]

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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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