Archived posts with tag ‘Somalia’

Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Democratic Republic of Congo
Monday saw the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Stakes were high in the single-round elections, with eight presidential and 18,000 parliamentary candidates on the ballots. The run-up towards election day was tense, with frequent clashes between security forces and supporters of UDPS candidate Étienne Tshisekedi in urban centers. On the final campaign weekend alone, up to 10 people died in the capital of Kinshasa.

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Danger Room: U.S. Used Destroyers, Gunships and Spy Planes in Somali Hunt

For the small team of U.S. Navy and Air Force commandos in northern Somalia on June 1, 2007, it must have seemed like history repeating itself. While hunting Islamic terrorists in the town of Bargal, the commandos had been pinned down by gunfire. Fourteen years earlier, a similar situation had resulted in the deaths of 18 U.S. servicemembers in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital — a tragedy that’s the subject of the book and movie Black Hawk Down.

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Danger Room: Empty Threat of Drones Saved the CIA in Somalia

The threat of drone attacks was all that protected CIA agents in the early years of the Agency’s continuing efforts to take out al-Qaeda operatives in Somalia. The thing is, the threat was a hollow one. The drones weren’t there.

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Pete’s Africa Round-Up

Democratic Republic of Congo
The DRC will hold presidential elections in December and tensions run high in the country that is still in the process of emerging from decades of violence and civil war. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces with injured and dead happen on a regular basis in many parts of the country. The volatile east of the country, where the government still has only little control outside the larger cities, has experienced an escalation of violence, partly caused by a hasty relocation of newly trained army units into areas currently controlled by competing rebel factions. And as security in neighboring Burundi deteriorates, Burundian opposition forces based in the DRC have committed several brutal attacks against perceived supporters of the Burundian government.


Danger Room: Kenyan Air Force Tweets Somalis: We’re About to Bomb You #Duck

Two weeks into Kenya’s risky attack on Somali extremists, the Kenyan military is warning civilians to expect air raids in the vicinity of 10 Somali towns. The heads-up itself is not unusual. What is unusual is the medium: Twitter, the short messaging service.

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01.11.11 Kenyan Jets Spearhead Somalia Operation

Second-hand F-5 jet fighters belonging to the tiny, untested Kenyan air force are spearheading a risky Kenyan invasion of southern Somalia aimed at destroying a Somali terror group.

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Danger Room: Somali Abduction Squad Takes American; How Will the U.S. Respond?

A campaign of kidnapping that began at sea with Somali pirates has expanded onto land and across Somalia’s borders. Pirates and their allies in the Somali terror group al-Shabab have begun targeting tourists and aid workers in Kenya and Puntland, a mostly self-governing region in northern Somalia.

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Danger Room: New Somalia Attack Could Jeopardize U.S. Shadow War

Five years after the U.S. backed a disastrous Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, Washington is considering supporting another ill-conceived incursion into the war-torn East African nation — this one by neighboring Kenya. Meanwhile, the U.S. has escalated its drone campaign against Somali insurgents, apparently coordinating the aerial strikes to take advantage of the Kenyan advance.

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Danger Room: Pirate-Fighting Mercs Arrested in Africa for Carrying Guns

In two years of operations, a Virginia-based maritime security company has escorted commercial vessels through pirate-infested East African waters 300 times without incident. Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria’s impressive record is the latest evidence of a surprising turn in the five-year-old international war on Somali pirates. More and more, for-profit security guards are taking over from the world’s navies on the maritime front lines.

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Danger Room: U.S. Establishes New Drone Bases for African Shadow Wars

Washington is quietly establishing at least two new East African drone bases, plus one on the Arabian Peninsula, to support the expanding U.S. shadow war against Islamic militants in Somalia and Yemen. An apparently new facility has been built in Ethiopia. In the island nation of Seychelles, a defunct airfield is being reactivated. A third base is being set up in or near Yemen.

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Danger Room: New American Ally in Somalia: ‘Butcher’ Warlord

If you thought it was bad that Washington is paying a shady French mercenary to do its dirty work in Somalia, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Just wait to you see our latest ally: an admirer of Osama bin Laden with a gory past.

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The Diplomat: America’s Somalia Experiment

The tide seemed to turn in an instant. After six months of fighting and thousands of NATO air sorties, the Libyan civil war rapidly reached its endgame late last month, as internationally-backed rebel fighters stormed Tripoli.

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