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Al-Shabab Strikes Ethiopian Military Base in Hudur with Devastating Mortar Assault

Baidoa (AX) - On Thursday night, alleged al-Shabab fighters bombarded an Ethiopian military outpost in Hudur district, Bakool region, with a flurry of mortar shells. Residents reported that Ethiopian soldiers fired back with heavy artillery, but the toll remains uncertain. Neither the African Union peacekeeping mission (ATMIS), the Southwest regional state administration, nor the federal government has provided statements regarding the strike on the army base. The attack occurred shortly after the Southwest regional…

Somalia’s President Overhauls Military Structure, Establishes Four New Commands to Battle al-Shabaab

Mogadishu (AX) — Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has revamped the Somali National Army (SNA) by instituting four brand-new specialized commands for turbocharged military prowess. The Ministry of Defense has touted this overhaul as a cornerstone of an extensive game plan to reform Somalia's defense framework and boost the expertise of its troops. This shake-up rolls out sharpened units to streamline operations and target precise military objectives. Brigadier General Ahmed Abdullahi Sheikh steps up to steer the SNA…

US Military Denies Al-Shabaab’s Claims of Airstrike Killing Cuban Doctors

US Military Denies Killing Cuban Medics WASHINGTON – US Africa Command has vigorously denied allegations that their airstrike resulted in the deaths of two Cuban doctors who were abducted by Al-Shabaab from Mandera, Kenya approximately five years ago. The operation took place in Jilib town this February. In its latest quarterly briefing, US Africa Command acknowledged launching an airstrike on February 15 in Jilib, located in southern Somalia, but firmly refuted claims that the Cuban doctors were…

16 Dead as Somali Forces Thwart al-Shabab Assault on Military Base

DhusaMareeb (AX) - A bunch of about 16 al-Shabab militants met their doom when they botched a brazen assault on a Somali military encampment in El-Dher district, nestled in Galgadud, this crack-of-dawn Saturday.The ruckus kicked off with booms, swiftly turning into an intense gunfight between the insurgents and soldiers.According to Somali authorities, the army, with a little help from local clan warriors, fended off the raid, thanks to an early heads-up from the good folks of the district."We chalked up sixteen militant…

Somali Military Court Executes Trio for Brothers’ Brutal Dhusamareb Murder

Dhusamareb (AX) - In a public fray in Dhusamareb town on Thursday, three men faced execution by a Somali military tribunal in Galmudug State for the slaying of two siblings in December 2023. Sentenced to death on February 27, the trio - Nur Abdi Mohamed, Shucaib Mohamed Farah, and Bile Abdullahi Hassan - were adjudged culpable for the crime. The court in Galgadud laid down the verdict that the men had cold-bloodedly murdered Dr. Ahmed Hassan Osman and his younger brother, Quran instructor Liban Hassan Osman, in the Ilix…

Somali Military Crushes al-Shabab’s Child Recruitment Camps in Massive Raids

In a recent update, the Somali Ministry of Defense revealed that military troops have successfully neutralized al-Shabab bases involved in recruiting minors. This achievement comes after an extensive week-long mission in the regions of Southwest, Hirshabelle, and Galmudug. Abukar Mohamed Hassan, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense, reported that operations took place in various areas such as Middle Shabelle, Hiraan, Galgadud, Bay, and Bakool. Throughout these endeavors, government forces dealt significant blows to…

Turkish Ambassador Emphasizes Vital Role of Turkey’s Military and Technical Aid in Securing Stability in Somalia

ANKARA, Türkiye (AX)—Fathudin Ali Mohamed, Somalia's new ambassador to Türkiye, emphasized in an interview with Turkish national public broadcaster TRT the crucial role of Türkiye's military and civil technological aid in fostering Somalia's stability and economic prosperity. According to Mohamed, this support not only benefits Somalia but also enhances security and prosperity throughout the region. Military collaboration stands at the core of the Türkiye-Somalia relationship. Camp TURKSOM, a Turkish military training…

Boosting Military Cooperation: Somali and Turkish Defense Ministers Forge Stronger Bonds at EFES-2024 in Izmir

Somali Defense Minister Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur met with Turkish Defense Minister Yaşar Güler during the EFES-2024 Exercise's Distinguished Observer Day in Izmir. The ministers discussed enhancing defense relations between their nations. "Our Turkish comrades play a crucial role in strengthening our military, advancing it, and combatting the Khawarij," stated the Somali Defense Minister. The Defense Industry Products Exhibition on May 29-30 will exhibit products from 47 defense firms. The exercise will allow participating…

Breaking News: US Military Affirms Zero Drone Strikes in Northeastern State Region

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The US military clarified that it was not involved in drone operations in Northeastern State, the most stable region in Somalia. While the Somali government claimed over 20 militants were killed in an airstrike in Northeastern State, the US Africa Command denied any participation in the operation. The statement by AFRICOM contradicted reports by the Somali government, which claimed international partners were involved in the airstrike that allegedly killed key Al-Shabaab leaders. However, Northeastern…

Israel Ordered by Global Court to Cease Immediate Military Action in Rafah

The International Court of Justice remains skeptical of Israeli attempts to ease the suffering in Rafah. The situation there is described as "exceptionally grave."ICJ President Nawaf Salam highlighted the severity of the humanitarian crisis in Rafah. There is no police force to enforce the court's orders, as seen in Russia's defiance of a similar ruling.In response to the court's decision, Palestinians expressed mixed reactions. Some welcomed it, while others doubted immediate change. The court was commended as an…

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