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Spiritual leader of Somali-based Al-Shabaab pledges allegiance to ISIL

Abdul Qadir Mumin

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) reach in Africa has expanded as the spiritual leader of Al-Shabaab, in a video message, pledged his loyalty to the terror organization. In the video, Abdul Qadir Mumin, who ranks […]

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Kuwait foils attack on large oil tanker by Somali pirates


Special to ABU DHABI — Kuwait has foiled a pirate attack against a huge oil tanker in the Gulf. Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. said one of its vessels came under attack from pirates during a voyage to Djibouti. The […]

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U.S. drone fired Hellfire missile at Shabab leader in Somalia

Shabab rally near Mogadishu, Somalia in February 2012. / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has again targeted an Al Qaida-aligned leader in Somalia. The Defense Department said the U.S. military launched an air strike against a senior commander of Shabab in Somali. The Pentagon said the […]

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U.S. drone strike kills top Shabab fighter in Somalia

An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has killed a leading fighter of Al Qaida’s Al Shabab in Somalia. The Defense Department said a U.S. air strike killed Tahlil Abdul Shakour in Somalia on Dec. 29. The Pentagon said […]

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U.S. confirms air strike took aim at Shabab leader in Somalia

Shabab fighters in Somalia.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has targeted the commander of Al Qaida’s Shabab movement in Somalia. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community tracked Shabab chief Ahmed Abdul Mohammed to a camp south of the Somali capital of […]

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U.S. bans flights to 6 countries that pose threats to passenger jets

American Airlines Boeing 777.

Special to By Miles Yu, The U.S. government has issued a sweeping ban on international passenger jets in the skies of 6 countries that pose danger to the safety of the flights. The six countries are Ukraine, Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, […]

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U.S. State Deptartment reports steep decline in Somali piracy operations

Sept. 23, 2012, masked Somali pirate Abdi Ali walks past a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew.  /AP

Special to WASHINGTON — Somali-based piracy has continued its decline. The United States and European Union have reported a drop in piracy operations both in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea in 2013. Officials said pirates, who still hold […]

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U.S. drone strike said to have killed senior Al Qaida leader in Somalia

Shebab members in Somalia.  /Feisal Omar/Reuters

Special to CAIRO — The United States has renewed unmanned aerial vehicle strikes against Al Qaida in Somalia. Officials said a senior Al Qaida operative was killed in a U.S. unmanned aerial strike in southern Somalia. The officials said […]

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Al Qaida network Shebab in Somalia kills its own leaders

Shebab fighters train near Mogadishu.  /AP

Special to CAIRO — The Al Qaida network in Somalia has killed its commanders. The Shebab movement said it killed two commanders. One of the commanders was identified as Ibrahim Mead, the founder of Shebab, linked to Al Qaida. […]

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Somali pirates upgrade operations with satellite communications, extend range

"are flexible and can quickly adapt to new strategies."

Special to MOSCOW — Somali pirates are said to have enhanced their combat skills in attacks in the Arabian and Red Seas. A leading Russian commander said Somali pirates have been equipped with modern weapons and communications to sustain […]

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