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US conducts six airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

The US military says it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabaab extremist rebels.
The US military has said it killed 62 al-Shabab fighters in six air raids on Saturday and Sunday in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia's south-central Banaadir province.

US army says 62 al-Shabab fighters killed in Somalia air strikes

The US military has said it killed 62 al-Shabab fighters in six air raids on Saturday and Sunday in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia's south-central Banaadir province.
An Ethiopian tank under Amisom on a mission in south western regions of Somalia.

AU force in Somalia says not involved in ex-al-Shabaab arrest

The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia says it had no part in the arrest of the former No 2 leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency.

US opens diplomatic mission in Somalia after 28 years

The U.S. has renewed a “permanent diplomatic presence” in Somalia, the State Department said, 28 years after the U.S. embassy was closed as a civil war raged in the country.

Al-Shabab frees two Kenyans after five days in captivity

Somali militant group al-Shabab on Wednesday released two Kenyans whom they had kidnapped on Nov. 22 from a village in Wajir county in the northeast region.
A woman breathes through an oxygen mask after what Syrian state media said was a suspected gas attack in Aleppo [Sana-Reuters]

Syrian opposition denies launching poison gas attack on Aleppo

A leader in the National Liberation Front (NLF), an umbrella organisation of Turkey-backed rebels that includes the Free Syrian Army, has dismissed accusations they used poisonous gas to attack government-held Aleppo city.

IS claims deadly attack on tribal region in Pakistan

The Islamic State (IS) group Saturday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that ripped through a marketplace in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region, as the death toll climbed to 33.
French servicemen, engaged in the Operation Barkhane in Africa's Sahel region, have neutralized around 30 terrorists in Mali, the French Armed Forces Ministry said.

French forces kill at least 30 extremists in central Mali

France's ministry for the armed forces says its anti-terrorism forces in Mali have killed at least 30 al-Qaeda-linked extremists in central Mali.

Suicide blast kills at least 31 in Pakistan market

At least 31 people were killed and 50 wounded when a suicide blast ripped through a crowded marketplace in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region on Friday, officials said.

Police arrest 20 over kidnapping of Italian woman in Kenya

Twenty people have been detained over the abduction of an Italian woman from a village in southeast Kenya, the east African country’s police chief said on Friday.
Kilifi is a coastal region in the southeast of Kenya. File pic

Gunmen kidnap Italian volunteer during attack in Kenya

Gunmen have kidnapped a volunteer and injured five other people during an attack in southeast Kenya.

Somalia holds first boxing competition since civil war

Somalia has held its first boxing competition in more than three decades, with young fighters in the conflict-torn nation dreaming of a career in international rings.
Philippine military

Islamist gunmen ambush, kill five soldiers

Militants have killed five Filipino soldiers and wounded 23 others in a major ambush by members of a notorious Islamist kidnap-for-ransom group, the Philippine military said on Saturday.

Three killed in attack on UN contractor in Mali

At least three Malian civilians were killed and four foreigners working for a UN-contracted mine-clearing operation wounded in a suicide attack Monday in the country’s violence-hit north, the security ministry and other official sources said.
somalia

Death toll from Somalia hotel attack rises to 39

The number of people killed when suicide bombers and gunmen struck a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital has risen to 39 from the initial 22, police said on Saturday.
Syria troops

Jihadists kill 8 Syria troops near truce zone: monitor

Jihadists have killed at least eight Syrian government troops near a planned buffer zone around the country's last major rebel bastion, a monitor said on Saturday.
According to the UN, at least 10,000 people have been killed since the coalition entered the conflict [AP photo]

US ends Saudi-UAE mid-air refuelling support in Yemen war

The Saudi-UAE-led coalition said it has "requested a cessation of inflight refuelling support" by the United States, bringing a key element of Washington's involvement in the Yemen conflict to a halt.

At least 10 killed in Mogadishu blasts

At least 10 people were killed Friday in blasts that occurred near a popular hotel and the police headquarters in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said.

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