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National dialogues are key to peace in the Horn

Facing a new phase of instability, the region needs genuine, inclusive efforts driven by national and local players. By Dawit Yohannes and Meressa Dessu The countries in the Horn of Africa have entered a new phase of domestic instability. Political protests in Ethiopia and Sudan and armed insurrections in South Sudan and Somalia have dredged

Ethiopian Air Force kills two Al-Shabaab in Somalia

The Ethiopian National Defence Force, ENDF, says its Air Force has bombarded bases of militant group Al-Shabaab in Somalia killing two leaders of the group in the process. A statement from the Ministry of Defense sent to the state broadcaster, EBC, confirmed the attacks that lasted about 45 minutes were

Human suffering underlines the urgency to do more in 2019

In 2019 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) is likely to see crises in places such as South Sudan, Somalia, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Sahel remain on its agenda. Other burning issues such as Cameroon could spiral out of control if not handled by the continental body. The

Top 10 humanitarian crises and trends to watch in 2019–Report

Editor's note: These 10 crises and trends will help shape IRIN's coverage in 2019. Here’s why they have our attention and should demand yours. 1. Climate displacement: Tomorrow’s emergencies today Stephen Dupont/DFAT From rising sea levels to withering drought and unpredictable weather: projections for what the world can expect if climate change remains unchecked are

Somalia orders UN envoy to leave country

Somalia's government has ordered the top United Nations official in the country, Nicholas Haysom to leave, accusing him of interfering with national sovereignty The order came days after he raised concerns about the actions of UN-supported Somali security forces. “The UN special envoy to Somalia is not wanted here and he will no longer

Somalia Military Executes six Al Shabaab Militants Without Trial

The Somali military has executed six al-Shabab militants without a trial, according to officials and rights activists. "The men have been in prison for the last five months. They were part of an assassination unit. One of them was caught red-handed as he killed a government soldier, and his arrest led

Al Shabaab bomber executed in Somalia

The mastermind of militant car bombs that killed 26 people and injured nearly 40 others in Mogadishu in 2017 was executed in Somalia on Monday, the prosecutor of the military court said. Abdulle Bule said al Shabaab member Abdikadir Abukar was convicted of being behind a hotel bombing that killed 10,

Somalia: Al-shabaab declares war on IS militants

Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have announced a military offensive against Islamic State-affiliated forces in Somalia. A statement read Friday by al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage on Radio Andalus said the offensive, code named Disease Eradication, is aimed at getting rid of IS-related militants in Somalia. "A so-called Islamic State has emerged

Somalia: U.S Army kills 62 Al Shabaab fighters in air strikes

The U.S military said it killed 62 al-Shabab fighters in six air raids last weekend in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia's south-central Banaadir province. The military's Africa Command (Africom) said on Monday that four attacks were carried out on Saturday, killing 34 fighters, and two more on Sunday, which killed 28. "Africa Command