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U.S. air strike killing 27 al-Shabab militants in Somalia - Africom

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The United States military said Monday that its special forces conducted an airstrike that killed 27 al-Shabab terrorists in northern Somalia.

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 troops.

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 in Mogadishu.

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 Projects (QIPS/PSPs).

"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 affected.

"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 reportedly displaced.


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