Trump’s New Targeting Rules Pave the Way for Escalating the US War in Somalia 

The rate of US drone strikes in Somalia have doubled since Trump enacted new rules reversing targeting procedures introduced by Obama in response to concerns about civilian casualties.

People walk through rubble after a U.S. missile killed al-Shabaab leader Aden Hashen Ayrow and as many as 30 other people on May 1, 2008, in Somalia. (Abdi Guled/Reuters)

Last week's US air operation in Somalia took the total number of strikes carried out in 2017 to a record 29, raising the possibility of an expansion in military operations outside of conventional battlefields under President Donald Trump. Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had already escalated strikes in Somalia to 14 a year, reflecting the

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Blowback? Somalia Bombing Was ‘Revenge’ For Children Killed In US Raid

Suggesting blowback, investigators say bomber may have had very personal reason for attack: the killing of civilians by U.S. forces earlier this year

Zakariye Abdirisaq, left, who lost both his father and aunt in the bombing, is comforted by his cousin as they stand next to his father's grave, at a cemetery in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Anguished families gathered across Somalia's capital on Tuesday as funerals continued for the more than 300 people killed in one of the world's deadliest attacks in years, while others waited anxiously for any word of the scores of people still said to be missing. (AP/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

New details emerged Tuesday about the possible motivations behind a bomb attack that killed more than 300 people in the Somalia capital of Mogadishu over the weekend—the deadliest such violence in the nation's history—with the information suggesting the bombing may been in direct retaliation for a raid by U.S. soldiers this summer that left 10

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US Sending Troops To Somalia For The First Time In 24 Years

The new deployment will be the first time US ground troops are officially deployed to Somalia.

U.S. Marines load ammunition and weapons on a truck in Mogadishu, Somalia's, Bakara Market December 2006. A Marine stands holding a M60 machine gun, left, pointing it at a crowd of Somali civilians standing at the right. (Photo/Expert Infantry via Flickr)

In October 1993, during the Battle of Mogadishu (the Black Hawk Down incident), 18 US soldiers were killed and 73 wounded, with a pair of Black Hawk helicopters shot down. The US responded by ceasing military operations, and within a few months had withdrawn all troops from Somalia. Today, they are headed back. The new deployment, which US

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US Accused Of Killing 22 Somali Soldiers And Civilians

Somalia’s government has taken an unusual step of asking the US to explain what happened during the attack.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a small U.S.-made drone that the Ugandan military uses in Somalia to fight al-Qaida linked militants, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, during a demonstration and briefing at Kasenyi Military Base in Kampala, Uganda.

Somali officials have claimed that the US killed 22 local soldiers and civilians in a drone strike that hit the north-central city of Galkayo late last month. The US has confirmed it conducted a strike in the area on the same date, but claims all those killed were members of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab.p According to a press

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Somalia Extremists Use Donald Trump Video To Recruit Fighters

After the African al-Qaida affiliate al-Shabaab released a new recruitment video featuring footage of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump during a December rally saying if elected he would ban all Muslims from entering the country, the reality television star and real estate mogul again defended his comments and played down the use of his words […]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Biloxi, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

After the African al-Qaida affiliate al-Shabaab released a new recruitment video featuring footage of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump during a December rally saying if elected he would ban all Muslims from entering the country, the reality television star and real estate mogul again defended his comments and played down the use of his

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US Bombs Somalia In Drone Attack

Pentagon admits US airstrikes took place, but says details on operations will only be released to public “as and when appropriate”.

MQ-9 Reaper drone Feature photo

The Pentagon confirmed that U.S. forces bombed a location in Somalia on Monday, though spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby said the "results of the operation" were still being assessed and that additional information would only be provided to the public "as and when appropriate." Reuters reports: An air strike by U.S. military forces struck an

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