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UN Report Paints Grim Picture for Youth in Somalia

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A new United Nations report is painting a bleak picture of life for youth in Somalia, especially women, and says a “powerful new vision” is needed to transform the country. The 2012 Somalia Human Development Report says the unemployment rate for Somalis age 30 and under is 67 percent – one of the highest rates […]

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Somali Troops Enter al-Shabab’s Final Stronghold

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Somali government forces have entered Kismayo, two days after militant group al-Shabab abandoned the strategic coastal city. Witnesses confirm to VOA that government troops entered Kismayo on Monday and are taking control of former al-Shabab bases. Residents appeared to welcome the troops, and no fighting was reported. Analyst Roland Marchal of France’s National Centre for […]

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Somali Troops Enter al-Shabab’s Final Stronghold

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Somali government forces have entered Kismayo, two days after militant group al-Shabab abandoned the strategic coastal city. Witnesses confirm to VOA that government troops entered Kismayo on Monday and are taking control of former al-Shabab bases. Residents appeared to welcome the troops. Some looting was reported after al-Shabab pulled out its remaining fighters on Saturday. […]

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Al-Shabab Withdraws From Kismayo, Its Last Somali Stronghold

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s militant group al-Shabab says it has withdrawn from Kismayo, its last stronghold in the country, following a military strike by Kenyan forces. The group said Saturday it had abandoned the Somali port city. On Friday, Kenyan forces attacked Kismayo in an operation designed to drive out the militant group. Al-Shabab vowed to strike back […]

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Al-Shabab Withdraws From Kismayo, Its Last Somali Stronghold

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s militant group al-Shabab says it has withdrawn from Kismayo, its last stronghold in the country, following a military strike by Kenyan forces. The group said Saturday it had abandoned the Somali port city. On Friday, Kenyan forces attacked Kismayo in an operation designed to drive out the militant group. Al-Shabab vowed to strike back […]

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Al-Shabab Withdraws From Kismayo, Its Last Somali Stronghold

Posted September 29th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Somlia’s militant group al-Shabab says it has withdrawn from its last stronghold in the country. The group said Saturday it has abandoned the Somali port city of Kismayo, a day after Kenyan forces attacked the port city in an operation designed to drive out the militant group. Al-Shabab vowed to strike back. The Kenyan military […]

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Two More Journalists Killed in Somalia

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Two more journalists have been killed in Somalia, which has become one of the most dangerous places for media professionals in the world. Residents and witnesses say the beheaded body of online sportswriter Abdirahman Mohamed Ali was found dumped near a restaurant north of Mogadishu on Thursday. On Friday, local reporters told VOA that another […]

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Kenya Military Attacks Somali Rebel Stronghold

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan forces have attacked the Somali port city of Kismayo, trying to drive militant group al-Shabab from its last major stronghold. The Kenyan military says Friday’s attack involved land, sea and air forces and was done in coordination with African Union and Somali government troops. VOA’s Somali Service reports Kenyan and Somali government troops control […]

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Kenya Military Attacks Somali Rebel Stronghold

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan forces have attacked the Somali port city of Kismayo, in an effort to drive out al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab. Kenyan military spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna said Friday’s early morning attack included both maritime and air forces in coordination with African Union and Somali government troops. Oguna said Kenyan forces took control of the city […]

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Kenya Military Attacks Somali Rebel Stronghold

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s military says its forces have entered the Somali port city of Kismayo in an offensive aimed at recapturing it from al-Qaida linked militants. Kenyan military spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna says Friday’s early morning attack included both maritime and air forces in coordination with African Union and Somali government troops. Oguna said the city fell […]

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