Secretary Austin: US Strikes in Somalia Result of Mogadishu’s ‘Increased Op Tempo’ Against al-Shabab

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Saturday that U.S. airstrikes targeting al-Shabab in Somalia over the past few days were undertaken because Somali forces are intensifying their offensive against the al-Qaida-affiliated terror group.“Most recently what’s happened is our partner forces have increased their op[erational] tempo, and they have been pushing back on al-Shabab in a more significant way,” Austin told reporters traveling with him to Eielson Air Force Base…

UN Experts: Africa Became Hardest Hit by Terrorism This Year

Africa became the region hardest hit by terrorism in the first half of 2021 as the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups and their affiliates spread their influence, boasting gains in supporters and territory and inflicting the greatest casualties, U.N. experts said in a new report.The panel of experts said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Friday that this is "especially true" in parts of West and…

Leader Backs Order in South Africa, Vows to Catch Plotters

Standing before a looted mall and surrounded by soldiers, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed Friday to restore order to the country after a week of violence set off by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma.Visiting the port city of Durban in hard-hit KwaZulu-Natal province, Zuma's home area, Ramaphosa said the chaos and violence in which more than 200 people died had been "planned and coordinated" and that the…

Observers Worry Tigray Fighting is Shifting to Ethnic Conflict

The conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region appears to be escalating, with reports that Tigrayan and Amhara forces are recruiting more youths to fight in the country's north. Aid agencies are warning that a drawn-out war in Ethiopia would cost thousands more lives and worsen food insecurity. Local media reports forces from Ethiopia’s Amhara, Oromia and Sidama region are mobilizing to attack Tigrayan forces, a few weeks after Ethiopia’s government declared…

Sudan Leader Visits Juba, Urges Peace Deal Implementation

Sudan’s vice president visited South Sudan’s capital on Wednesday to reiterate Khartoum’s support for its neighbor and to urge the government and armed groups to fully implement the 2018 peace agreement. After meeting with President Salva Kiir, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, vice president of Sudan’s transitional government, said Sudan will continue to offer its support to the peace partners in South Sudan so they can carry out security arrangements and other…

South Sudan’s Liberation Struggle Supplanted by Autocracy

Ten years after gaining independence, some South Sudanese say their struggle for liberation has been supplanted by an autocratic system of government led by the nation’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).Many of them complain about a lack of freedom to exercise their rights. They accuse the SPLM and President Salva Kiir of doing very little to protect open political space. They and some analysts also blame the…

As France Plans to Shrink Sahel Force, Jihadi Threat Grows

During a grueling, weekslong mission in northern Mali, French soldiers were confronted by a familiar threat: Extremists trying to impose the same strict Islamic rule that preceded France's military intervention here more than eight years ago.Traumatized residents showed scars on their shoulders and backs from whippings they endured after failing to submit to the jihadis' authority."We were witness to the presence of the enemy trying to impose Shariah law, banning…

HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister meets with the recipients of the 5th edition of The Prime Minister’s Journalism Award

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, today received the recipients of the 5th edition of The Prime Minister's Journalism Award, at Riffa Palace. His Royal Highness recognised the integral work that journalists have undertaken to contribute to Bahrain's progress and achievements, made under the leadership of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. His Royal Highness then noted that the award…
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