(Xinhua) -- The
United States military said Monday that its special forces
conducted an airstrike that killed 27 al-Shabab terrorists in
The U.S. Africa Command (Africom)
that oversees American troops on the African continent said the
Saturday strike was conducted in cooperation with Somali
government southwest of Bosasso.
"We currently assess no civilians were killed in this
airstrike," Africom said in a statement.
The strike is the latest in a series of similar missions by
the U.S. forces in Somalia in collaboration with Somali and
African Union forces in the Horn of Africa country.
The strikes have largely targeted al-Shabab figureheads and
bases in southern Somalia, where the group still maintains a
strong grip in some regions.
African Union mission in
Somalia to evaluate projects in recovered area
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
An African Union mission
arrived in Mogadishu on Sunday to assess projects which are
being implemented in areas recovered from al-Shabab by the AU
The AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said the Quick Impact
Projects (QIPs) which are being funded by the Crisis Management,
Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development Division of the AU
Commission are implemented in recovered areas by AMISOM.
"What are the success stories that we can enhance, for future
implementation, design or monitoring; and what are the
challenges that have been encountered on the ground," Mike
Bugason, the leader of the delegation said in a statement issued
Bugason who is leading a six member delegation said that his
team will tour projects already implemented in the regions, to
assess whether the implementation followed laid down procedures,
in line with the AU Quick Impact and Peace Strengthening
"We want to take note of the good practices, the lessons
learnt, so that we are able to recommend how we can do it better
and more quickly in future," Bugason added.
The team is focusing on six projects implemented in 2017,
with funding from the African Union, and will assess their
benefit to targeted populations.
The delegation toured a clean water project constructed in
May 2017, for the out-patient department of the AMISOM Hospital
community in Mogadishu.
According to AMISOM, the project which benefits 76-households
with 400-people, was prioritized by the community after the
completion of two other projects - the provision of electricity
in the community and construction of a primary school. Both
projects were successfully implemented.
"We want to assist the communities in leading better lives,
but also by doing so, we want to improve the relationship
between the communities and the leadership of AMISOM and also
the operations of the military," said Bugason, while emphasizing
that the need to ensure they have the desired impact, on
communities who are benefiting from them.
Major General Tai Gituai, the Deputy Force Commander of
Operations and Plans underscored the importance of the projects,
in providing linkages between troops and local communities.
"They are very crucial to us, in winning the hearts and minds
of the local people, and therefore they create an enabling
environment for our soldiers," Gituai said.
Total 49 killed, 70 others
still missing after tropical cyclone in Somaliland
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
At least 49 people were killed while 70 others
are still missing following tropical cyclone Sagar that caused
heavy rains and flooding in Somaliland, the UN humanitarian
agency said on Sunday night.
Citing estimates from Somaliland’s disaster management
authority, NADFOR, the UN Office for Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said nearly 168,000 people were
directly affected and some 277 hectares of land have been
destroyed in the affected villages.
"Key infrastructure, including roads, fishing boats, medical
facilities, boreholes and water wells were damaged. Over 80
percent of community shelters have been destroyed and 33 schools
were affected," said OCHA in its latest humanitarian bulletin.
According to the UN, communities in the coastal areas of
Somaliland and major portions of Awdal district, as well as some
coastal communities in Puntland are still reeling from the
impact of tropical cyclone Sagar.
The cyclone, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in
Somalia, left an entire year’s worth of rain in a matter of
hours, according to SWALIM.
"It left in its trail death, floods and strong winds, as well
as the destruction of farmland and infrastructure. Thousands of
livestock were killed and civilians displaced. The impact of the
cyclone has affected communities that were still recovering from
prolonged drought," said the UN relief agency.
In Puntland, said the UN, flash floods in Bari left three
people dead and damaged the road linking the town of Bossaso to
areas in the south.
"Humanitarians have reported that 3,600 families were
"The worst-affected areas include the coastal towns of
Bareeda, Caluula, Gumbax, Murcanyo, Xaabo and some parts of
Qandala," says the report, noting that houses and fishing boats
were washed away. Agricultural land was also swamped.
Cyclone Sagar which formed in the Gulf of Aden hit
Somaliland, northern Somalia on May 19. It also affected the
neighboring country Ethiopia, where 188,000 people were
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