Somali Civil War http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25569/all en Somali officials say French soldiers try to rescue hostage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/somali-officials-say-french-soldiers-try-rescue-hostage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOGADISHU, Jan 12 (Reuters) - At least two civilians were killed when helicopters believed to belong to the French military attacked a base belonging to al Shabaab insurgents in a southern Somalia village to rescue a French hostage, a Somali government official and rebels said.</p> <p>French officials were not immediately available to confirm the raid.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/somali-officials-say-french-soldiers-try-rescue-hostage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Islam Somali Civil War Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:30:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733521 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Somali rebels say France attacks to rescue secret agent http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/update-1-somali-rebels-say-france-attacks-rescue-secret-agent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* French officials not available to comment</p> <p>* Somali government official says two civilians killed</p> <p>* Hostage seized in 2009</p> <p>By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar</p> <p>MOGADISHU, Jan 12 (Reuters) - French military helicopters attacked a base belonging to al Shabaab insurgents in southern Somalia to rescue a French secret agent held hostage since 2009, a rebel spokesman said on Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/update-1-somali-rebels-say-france-attacks-rescue-secret-agent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Islam Somali Civil War Technology War Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:00:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733530 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-France believes hostage killed in Somalia rescue bid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/update-4-france-believes-hostage-killed-somalia-rescue-bid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* French say captors kill hostage, rebels say he alive</p> <p>* France says 17 Somalis, at least 1 French soldier killed</p> <p>* Intelligence officer Denis Allex captured in July 2009</p> <p>By John Irish and Abdi Sheikh</p> <p>PARIS/MOGADISHU, Jan 12 (Reuters) - France sent special forces into Somalia to rescue a secret agent but insurgents apparently killed their hostage during the raid along with a commando, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/update-4-france-believes-hostage-killed-somalia-rescue-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Islam Politics Social Issues Somali Civil War Technology War Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:30:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733537 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. forces helped France during Somalia rescue attempt, Obama says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/us-forces-helped-france-during-somalia-rescue-attempt-obama-say <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - The United States helped France last week during an attempted rescue of a secret agent captured by insurgents in Somalia, President Barack Obama confirmed on Sunday in a letter to Congress.</p> <p>The French team was trying to free Denis Allex, held since 2009 by al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, but insurgents apparently killed their hostage during the raid, along with a commando.</p> <p>The French defense ministry said that 17 Somali fighters also died in the fight.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/us-forces-helped-france-during-somalia-rescue-attempt-obama-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Barack Obama Political geography Somali Civil War War Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 01:15:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733955 at http://www.globalpost.com Second French commando dies after failed rescue bid -Somali rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/second-french-commando-dies-after-failed-rescue-bid-somali-rebe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOGADISHU, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A second French soldier has died from gunshot wounds after an attempt to rescue a French agent failed on Saturday, Somalia's al Shabaab rebel group said on Monday.</p> <p>"The second commando died from his bullet wounds. We shall display the bodies of the two French men," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for al Shabaab's military operations, told Reuters by telephone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/second-french-commando-dies-after-failed-rescue-bid-somali-rebe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Islam Somali Civil War War Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:15:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734030 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Second French commando dies of wounds -Somali rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-4-second-french-commando-dies-wounds-somali-rebels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* France believes hostage Allex killed, rebels say alive</p> <p>* Intelligence officer Allex was captured in 2009</p> <p>* France says rescue raid not linked to Mali operation</p> <p>By Feisal Omar</p> <p>MOGADISHU, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A second French commando has died from wounds suffered during a failed attempt to rescue a French agent in Somalia held hostage by al Shabaab since 2009, the al Qaeda-affiliated militant group said on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-4-second-french-commando-dies-wounds-somali-rebels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irregular military Islam Social Issues Somali Civil War Technology War Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:45:11 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734036 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-U.S. to recognize Somali government, opening door to new aid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-1-us-recognize-somali-government-opening-door-new-aid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Clinton to announce step in meeting with Somali leader</p> <p>* US says Somalia has progressed since 'Black Hawk Down'</p> <p>* Move could ease new assistance from World Bank, IMF</p> <p>By Andrew Quinn</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-1-us-recognize-somali-government-opening-door-new-aid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Entertainment Politics Somali Civil War Somalia Technology War Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:04:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735281 at http://www.globalpost.com Somali militants say have executed French hostage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/blank-headline-received <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOGADISHU, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Somali militants linked to al al Qaeda said on Thursday they had executed a French agent who French armed forces had tried to rescue at the weekend.</p> <p>The al Shabaab rebel group said on its Twitter account that Denis Allex, held hostage since 2009, had been killed at 16:30 GMT on Wednesday.</p> <p>France has consistently said it believed Allex was killed in Saturday's failed rescue mission.</p> Irregular military Islam Islamic terrorism Somali Civil War War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 08:30:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735473 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Somali Islamist rebels say have executed French hostage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-somali-militants-say-have-executed-french-hostage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* France tried to rescue hostage on Saturday</p> <p>* Rebels say killing was to avenge Mali offensive</p> <p>* Execution carried out on Jan. 16, rebels say</p> <p>By Feisal Omar</p> <p>MOGADISHU, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Somali militants linked to al Qaeda said on Thursday they had executed a French agent who French commandos had tried but failed to rescue at the weekend.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-1-somali-militants-say-have-executed-french-hostage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Islam Islamic terrorism Politics Somali Civil War War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:30:54 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735489 at http://www.globalpost.com Peacekeepers kill 5 children in Somali town - residents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/peacekeepers-kill-5-children-somali-town-residents <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOGADISHU, Jan 17 (Reuters) - African Union peacekeepers trying to dislodge Islamist rebels from Somalia's Lower Shabelle region shot dead at least seven civilians in a remote town, including five children who were studying the Koran, residents said on Thursday.</p> <p>The peacekeeping force said it was investigating an incident in which civilians may have been caught in crossfire as its troops repelled a rebel attack on a defensive position in the town of Leggo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/peacekeepers-kill-5-children-somali-town-residents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Education Politics Somali Civil War Somalia War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:30:55 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735682 at http://www.globalpost.com Somali al Shabaab rebels threaten to kill Kenyan hostages http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/somali-al-shabaab-rebels-threaten-kill-kenyan-hostages <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOGADISHU, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Somali insurgents linked to al Qaeda have demanded that Kenya release all Muslims held on terror charges within three weeks, failing which they said they would kill their Kenyan hostages.</p> <p>Al Shabaab said it killed French hostage Denis Allex last week to avenge what it called France's growing persecution of Muslims and its military operations against Islamists, including in Mali.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/somali-al-shabaab-rebels-threaten-kill-kenyan-hostages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> al Shabaab Irregular military Islam Somali Civil War War Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:00:07 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738588 at http://www.globalpost.com Kenya: we will not bargain with al Shabaab over hostages http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/kenya-we-will-not-bargain-al-shabaab-over-hostages <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Says government "cannot negotiate with terrorists"</p> <p>* Somali Islamists demand Kenya frees Muslim prisoners</p> <p>* Nairobi says hostages are non-combatants, not POWs</p> <p>By Duncan Miriri</p> <p>NAIROBI, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Kenyan officials said on Thursday they would not negotiate with al Qaeda-allied Somali militants who have threatened to kill their Kenyan hostages unless Nairobi frees Muslims held on terrorism charges.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/kenya-we-will-not-bargain-al-shabaab-over-hostages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> al Shabaab Entertainment Irregular military Islam Somali Civil War War Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:36:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738843 at http://www.globalpost.com Somalia militants' Twitter account down after hostage threat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/somalia-militants-twitter-account-down-after-hostage-threat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NAIROBI, Jan 25 (Reuters) - A Twitter account run by Somali militant group al Shabaab was unavailable on Friday, days after the al Qaeda-aligned rebels used the social media site to boast about killing a French agent and threatened to kill several Kenyan hostages.</p> <p>Al Shabaab often used its Twitter account to claim responsibility for attacks on African Union and Somali government troops, as well as senior officials in the Horn of Africa nation and other bombings in the region.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/somalia-militants-twitter-account-down-after-hostage-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Irregular military Islam Politics Religion Somali Civil War War Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:00:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739272 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Al Shabaab says enemies closed its Twitter account http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/update-1-al-shabaab-says-enemies-closed-its-twitter-account <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* The militants threatened hostages on Twitter</p> <p>* Group blames move on its enemies (Recasts with Al Shabaab's comment)</p> <p>By Feisal Omar</p> <p>MOGADISHU, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Al Shabaab on Friday said its Christian enemies had closed its Twitter account, which the Somali militant group used to parade hostages, mock rivals and claim responsibility for bombings and assassinations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/update-1-al-shabaab-says-enemies-closed-its-twitter-account" target="_blank">read more</a></p> al Shabaab Entertainment Islam Islamic terrorism Politics Religion Somali Civil War Twitter War Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:00:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739322 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Suicide blast kills two near Somali president's palace http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-suicide-bomber-strikes-near-somali-presidential-palace <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* President was abroad at time of attack, PM safe</p> <p>* Al Shabaab claims strike, warns of more attacks</p> <p>* Bomber infiltrated govt side this month - Shabaab (Adds govt, Shabaab comments)</p> <p>By Abdi Sheikh</p> <p>MOGADISHU, Jan 29 (Reuters) - An Islamist militant persuaded Somali government officials he had defected, then walked up to the president's palace compound on Tuesday and blew himself up near the gates, killing at least two soldiers, witnesses and rebels said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-suicide-bomber-strikes-near-somali-presidential-palace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa al Shabaab Contemporary history Irregular military Islam Politics Somali Civil War Somalia War Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:30:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740895 at http://www.globalpost.com