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Fierce Clashes Erupt in Bulo Haji Between al-Shabaab and Somali Government Forces

Local sources described fierce, yet fleeting clashes with both factions deploying a range of heavy and light weaponry. The exact number of casualties is not confirmed since neither the military hierarchy nor Jubbaland's high command has divulged any data on the losses. The skirmish aligned with an official visit from Jubbaland dignitaries, led by Second Vice President Abdiqadir Haji Mohamud, who touched down in Bulo Haji a day earlier. They pressed the armed forces to persist in their mission against Al-Shabaab.

Asal Consulting Names Ex-Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak as Dynamic New CEO

Mohamed Abdirizak totes over 23 years of diggin' in the trenches of development work, fiercely committed to kickstartin' positive change. He's racked up roles in various international orgs and government gigs, including as Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Rahma Ahmed, the head honcho and outgoing CEO, has a gut feeling: "Mohamed’s appointment heralds a fresh era for Asal. His truckload of experience and human-centered drive to beef up systems dovetails with Asal’s mission perfectly."…

Tranquility Returns Amidst Fierce Inter-Clan Clashes Claiming 60 Lives in Central Somalia

Abshir Abdi Shikhow, Galmudug’s info honcho, ascribed the tussle between rival militias to a wrangle over grazing turf and water resources. Shikhow mentioned the fierce scuffle between the Dir and Marihan clans, kicking off Saturday, has resulted in over 70 casualties. “As the Galmudug authorities, we've wrangled the violence to a halt and dispersed the militias," Shikhow told Xinhua over a call. He added, "Security's now tight in the conflict zone." He shared that the gravely wounded have been airlifted to Mogadishu,…

UN Financial Support for AU Peace Missions: Somalia’s Crucial Test

The transition of the AU Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), scheduled to conclude in December, might serve as an experimental ground. The African Union is contemplating soliciting funds for a successor mission under Resolution 2719. Insiders from the Institute for Security Studies hint that this new mission could widen the spectrum and reach of troop-contributing nations, possibly bringing in forces from East and Southern Africa.Can Resolution 2719 be tapped to bankroll a post-ATMIS operation? Is that the wisest use of the…

UN Appeals for Increased Aid Following Easing of Devastating Rains in Somalia

The United Nations' humanitarian wing issued an urgent plea Monday for extra funds to address the fallout from the Gu rains (April-June) in Somalia as dry spells are forecasted soon. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that 10 people lost their lives and 268,359 others were impacted by the rains, which also ravaged crops, public amenities, and other sources of livelihood. “Rapid needs assessments have been deployed in Hirshabelle, Jubaland, and Northeastern State States,"…

Somalia Ramps Up Anti-Insurgency Efforts Amid Al-Shabaab’s Resurgence

In Mogadishu, the Somali authorities have instigated a fresh sortie against al-Shabaab, marking the third phase of their anti-militant endeavors in Galmudug and Hirshabelle. Between April 20 and May 24, the surge in political strife led to 432 fatalities across 207 separate episodes. The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) reported that Lower Shabelle saw the densest outbreak of violence. The Mudug and Middle Juba areas witnessed the highest devastation, tallying 105 and 70 casualties respectively.…

Fatal Minneapolis Mass Shooting: Gunman Mustafa Mohamed Identified in Tragic Incident that Claimed Lives of Officer and Civilian

Minneapolis (AX) — The suspect in Thursday's horrifying south Minneapolis mass shooting that took the life of Officer Jamal Mitchell has been named as Mustafa Ahmed Mohamed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office. Mohamed, with a history of violent crimes and wanted on multiple warrants, was killed in a shootout with the police after the ambush. Also killed in the incident was Osman Said Jimale, 32, of Minneapolis, found with several gunshot wounds in Apartment 18 at 2221 Blaisdell Avenue, according to the Hennepin…

Israeli Forces Launch Aggressive Assault on Gaza, Advance into Central Rafah

On Friday, Israeli forces bombarded Gaza, focusing on Rafah, a city in the south, in the ongoing war. The military entered Rafah in May despite objections over civilian safety on Gaza's border with Egypt. A recent airstrike in a displacement camp caused outrage after sparking a fire that killed many. Witnesses reported Israeli strikes in Rafah, Nuseirat in central Gaza, and intense bombing in the north. Two separate strikes killed a total of 11 people overnight, according to medical sources. The military said they found…

Schools in Somalia Devastated by Floods, Causing Education Disruption

A multitude of students in the central Hiran region of Somalia are unable to attend school due to flooding caused by heavy rains. Over 37,000 students in central Somalia have been affected by recent floods, damaging school facilities and learning materials. Parents are concerned about how this interruption in education will impact their children's performance on upcoming exams. Local teachers are also worried about the long-term consequences of the floods on education. Elmi Hashi Dhalin, a teacher in Somalia, stated that…

‘Review: A Gripping Tale of Somali Family Struggling in the Shadow of War in the Village Next to Paradise’

Cannes-history-breaking movie by the talented filmmaker Mo Harawe showcases the tale of a determined family facing the looming threat of drone attacks and death.'The Village Next to Paradise' CANNES FILM FESTIVAL In his debut feature, "The Village Next to Paradise," Mo Harawe delivers a captivating story that made history at Cannes. This first-ever Somali film to grace the Croisette unfolds the survival journey of a family in a quiet Somali town, set against a harrowing backdrop. Every scene in Harawe's film is underscored…

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