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Somalia’s first female mechanic confident despite challenges

When Nasra Haji Hussein left home two years ago in search of a job in Mogadishu, working as a mechanic was not among the options she had in mind. The 18-year-old comes from Hiran, about 300 kilometers from Somalia’s capital. After a ten-day journey Nasra arrived in Mogadishu to stay …

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Three U.S. airstrikes kill seven al-Shabaab militants in Somalia

Three U.S. air strikes killed seven al Shabaab fighters in Somalia, the U.S. Africa Command said on Thursday. The strikes hit targets 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Mogadishu on Wednesday and Thursday in an operation conducted in cooperation with Somali forces, it said in a statement. Islamist militant group …

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Somalia under pressure to side with Saudi Arabia, UAE against Qatar

Somalia’s neutrality in the ongoing Gulf region crisis has generated a lot of pressure for the Horn of Africa country to join the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates faction against Qatar. The latest call is from the autonomous Somali state of Puntland which on Wednesday called on the federal …

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Renegade al-Shabaab leader defects to government

A renegade leader of Somalia’s Islamic extremist insurgents, al-Shabaab, has surrendered to the government. Ahmed Mohamed, a senior government security official, said that Mukhtar Robow arrived Sunday in the government-controlled town of Hudur in southwestern Somalia. He said Robow was airlifted from the Bakool jungle area where he and hundreds …

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Suicide bomber kills soldier in Somalia

 A suicide bomber blew up himself in front of a mosque in the center of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing a soldier, police said. “A suicide bomber blew up himself in front of the mosque … So far, the bomber and a soldier have died,” Police Maj. Mohamed Hussein …

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US confirms airstrike killed al-Shabab commander in Somalia

The U.S. military on Friday confirmed it killed a high-level commander of the al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike in Somalia over the weekend, targeting a man blamed for planning deadly attacks in the capital of the Horn of Africa nation. President Donald Trump earlier this year approved expanded military …

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