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U.S. airstrikes said to kill Al Qaida militants in Somalia

Al-Shabab jihadists in Somalia.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. air strikes killed about a dozen members of Al Qaida’s affiliate in Somalia on April 11 and 12, the Pentagon said. The strikes targeted members of Al-Shabab in southern Somalia, who Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis […]

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Kenya building wall at border with Somalia to keep out Al-Shabab jihadists

Kenyan army soldiers patrol in Tabda, across the border inside Somalia.  /Ben Curtis/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Kenya, a long-time target of Al-Shabab jihadists, has begun construction on a 435-mile border wall to keep the Al Qaida affiliated terror group from infiltrating from Somalia. “Whatever it is going to cost us and whatever it […]

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

Abdul Qadir Mumin

Special to WorldTribune.com 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

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Special to WorldTribune.com 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 WorldTribune.com 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 WorldTribune.com 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 WorldTribune.com 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 WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com 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 WorldTribune.com 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 WorldTribune.com 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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