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Turkey Okays Extended Force Deployment

[Shabelle] Turkey's parliament on Wednesday okayed the extension of Turkish forces serving in the Gulf of Aden, Somalia, and the Arabian Sea. Parliament ratified a motion extending the authorization of the deployment through Feb. 10, 2019. (AllAfrica)

Al-Shabaab Militants in Jilib Train Elders to Shoot

[Shabelle] Al-Shabab militants have been training clan elders in southern Somalia on how to use guns to shoot accurately, in the latest attempt by the jihadists to win the hearts of residents, media outlets affiliated by the group have reported. (AllAfrica)

Outgoing AMISOM Force Commander Honoured By the Somali Govt

[Shabelle] The outgoing Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh was today feted by the Federal Government of Somalia for his valuable contribution in the ongoing stabilization process in the Horn of Africa country. (AllAfrica)

Al-Qaeda Greater Threat Than Isil in Some Places, Including Somalia

[Shabelle] U.N. experts say al-Qaida's global network remains "remarkably resilient" and poses a greater threat than the Islamic State extremist group in several regions, including Yemen and Somalia. (AllAfrica)

Somali-Registered 'Thai' Fishing Boat Caught With Double the Permissible Catch

[Shabelle] A fishing boat with a permit issued by the breakaway Somali state of Puntland, bearing the Thai name of Chotechai Navy 35, was recently intercepted in Samut Sakhon on suspicion of illegal fishing and human trafficking, police announced on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

President Kenyatta Lauds KDF Efforts in the Fight Against Al Shabaab

[Shabelle] President Uhuru Kenyatta has lauded efforts by the Kenya Defence Forces in the fight against terrorism both in Somalia and closer home. (AllAfrica)

Two Soldiers Killed in IED Explosion Afgoye District

[Shabelle] At least two Somali soldiers were reported to have been killed, and several wounded in a landmine blast in Afgoye district in Lower Shabelle region on Thursday, witnesses said. (AllAfrica)

Political Leaders to Wrap up Key Forum in Mogadishu

[Shabelle] The leaders of Somalia's Federal government and regional states are expected to wrap up a two-day high-level conference in Mogadishu, with focus on national security. The meeting which was attended by the Presidents of Jubbaland, Puntland, Southwest, Galmudug, and HirShabelle, as well as Ministers, security chiefs, and President's aides. (AllAfrica)

EU Navfor Promoting Indian Ocean Cooperation

[EU Navfor] Rear Admiral Alfonso Nanclares, EU NAVFOR Deputy Commander, extended Operation Atalanta's commitment support to the Regional Centre for Operational Coordination (RCOC) in the Seychelles. (AllAfrica)

Somaliland Issues Fatwa Banning Female Genital Mutilation

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New Delhi -The Horn of Africa nation has the world's highest rate of FGM, according to the United Nations (AllAfrica)

Somali Gets Death Sentence for Deadly October Truck Bombing

[VOA] A Somali military court has given the death penalty to a man convicted of leading the unit behind an October truck bombing that officials say killed at least 500 people. (AllAfrica)

Somali Judge Elected President of International Court of Justice

[Shabelle] Congratulatory messages from Somali and other parts of the world are being shared on social media following the election of Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf as president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). (AllAfrica)

Al Shabaab Attacks Main Police Station in Bosaso, 5 Injured

[Shabelle] Al Shabaab said it has launched a large overnight attack on the main Police Station in the northeastern port city of Bosaso, the regional capital of Bari province under Puntland state. (AllAfrica)

Military Official Shot Dead in Mogadishu

[Shabelle] A senior Somal military officer was assassinated in Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Wednesday morning, the fourth killing in the city in less than 24 hours. (AllAfrica)

Justice Eludes Rape Victims in Puntland - Campaigners

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi/Bossaso -"Puntland is against rape. Any soldier who rapes is jailed and tough measures are taken against him" (AllAfrica)

Gunmen Kill 3 People, Including Soldiers in Somali Capital

[Shabelle] Unknown gunmen have killed at least three people, among them government soldiers in Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Tuesday evening. (AllAfrica)

Forces Clash With Al-Shabaab Militants in Central Somalia

[Shabelle] At least two people were killed on Tuesday in clashes between the Somalia National Army (SNA) and suspected al-Shabaab militants in Jalalaqsi town in Hiiraan region of central Somalia, officials said. (AllAfrica)

President Opens Security Meeting in Mogadishu

[Shabelle] Somali President Mohamed Abdullahii Farmajo has on Tuesday opened a national security forum in Mogadishu, the capital of the Horn of Africa. (AllAfrica)

Somaliland Fatwa Forbids FGM

[VOA] Authorities in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have issued a religious fatwa banning the practice of female genital mutilation and vowed to punish violators. (AllAfrica)

Al Shabaab Earns Money From Charcoal Export Business, Says Official

[Shabelle] Colonel Aden Rufle, a senior Somali military commander said the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab is earning considerable money from the charcoal industry. (AllAfrica)

Justice Eludes Rape Victims in Somalia's Puntland - Campaigners

[Shabelle] Women and girls in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland who accuse police, army and marines of raping them are not receiving justice, campaigners said on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Parents Urge Govt to Prevent Children From Joining Al-Shabaab

[Shabelle] Parents in Marsabit have asked the government to step up its anti-radicalization campaign to prevent their children from being recruited to al Shabaab. They said many youths have disappeared without a trace. It is suspected that they have joined the terror group. (AllAfrica)

Somali Military Court Sentences Al-Shabab Members for Role in Deadly Blast

[Shabelle] A military court in Mogadishu on Tuesday sentenced Al-Shabab member to a death penalty for Mogadishu truck bomb, the court chairman Hassan Nuur Shuute announced. (AllAfrica)

Bodies of 16 Migrants Recovered Off Morocco Coast

[Shabelle] Moroccan rescue services have recovered the bodies of 16 migrants off the coast of Spain's enclave of Melilla, Moroccan and Spanish officials said Sunday. Three women were among the dead taken to a morgue in the Moroccan city of Nador, a medical official there told AFP. (AllAfrica)

A Merchant Boat Sinks Off Bosaso Coast

[Shabelle] A merchant vessel carrying some 1,500 tons of shipment is likely to sink off Bosaso's Red Sea after officials of Bosaso port refused to dock at the port, residents said. (AllAfrica)

Police Deny Islamic State Presence Near Mogadishu

[VOA] Security officials in the Somali town of Afgoye say they are not aware of the presence of pro-Islamic State militants in the town, despite a series of social media posts by the group claiming responsibility for attacks in the area. (AllAfrica)

U.S. Drone Strikes Rise By 80 Percent Worldwide, Including Somalia

[Shabelle] The US military in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, a Taliban stronghold, are using high-tech Predator drones against their enemy. They have approximately 8 there. The Predator has no pilot, and is controlled for his highly secret mission from Las Vegas. The team in Kandahar is in charge of their take off and landings. The drones have a highly powerful camera with infrared, as well as a still camera and two missiles. (Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images) (AllAfrica)

Turkey's Foray Into Somalia is a Huge Success, but There Are Risks

[The Conversation Africa] Turkey's engagement with Somalia is striking for its brevity and ostensible success. Turkey has been involved in Somalia since just 2011, yet Ankara can point to a string of reported accomplishments and an arguably outsized presence in an often violent country regularly described as a failed state. (AllAfrica)

What Spurred Six Countries to Join the AU's Mission in Somalia

[The Conversation Africa] To understand why states provide peacekeepers to multilateral operations I recently analysed what motivated states to join the African Union Mission in Somalia. The mission was deployed to Mogadishu in March 2007 and has been fighting al-Shabaab militants for more than 10 years. It has become the African Union's longest running, largest, most costly, and most deadly operation. (AllAfrica)

Kuwaiti FM Receives Somalia's Outgoing Ambassador

[Shabelle] Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah received Sunday outgoing Ambassador of Somalia to Kuwait Abdulqadir Amin Abu Baker. (AllAfrica)

Somalia to Probe Evictions of Thousands of Displaced Families

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -The Somali government responded to widespread criticism by aid agencies on Wednesday, promising to investigate reports that thousands of families fleeing drought and conflict were forcefully evicted from more than 20 informal camps. (AllAfrica)