Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia are extorting huge sums from starving communities and forcibly recruiting hundreds of children as soldiers and suicide bombers as the terror group endures financial pressures and an apparent crisis of morale.
Djibouti (HOL) - The Somali Maritime Police force honed their skills in Djibouti earlier this month with other maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United during the seventh annual Cutlass Express maritime exercise. The event marked the first time that Somalia has participated in a multinational security exercise outside its borders in nearly 30 years.
Mogadishu (HOL) - The Somalia government has launched a major security shake-up on Monday after an emergency meeting held by cabinet ministers in Villa Somalia.
Mogadishu (HOL) - Businesses in Somalia's largest open-air market, Bakara have boycotted trade over the introduction of a 5% sales tax on all goods sold and services rendered. The traders have vowed to keep the market closed until the government eliminates the tax altogether.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt.
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister quit on Thursday, saying he wanted to smooth the route to further political reforms. The government is dominated by the EPRDF coalition led by ethnic Tigrayans.
Mogadishu (HOL) - Somalia's Foreign Minister Ahmed Isse Awad has said that his government supports open borders in the IGAD region, despite government officials voting down a measure that would seek to achieve those goals on Monday.