Somalia – 11 March 2016

Somalia Raid Aided by U.S. Kills Fighters From Shabab

Only days after American aircraft struck a Shabab training camp in Somalia, American Special Operations forces and Somali troops carried out a raid against Shabab fighters, officials said Wednesday, in a sign of heightened pressure against the militant group.

Somali government officials said that commandos in helicopters raided a militant base in the village of Awdhegle in the lower Shabelle region, nearly 40 miles west of Mogadishu. The commandos landed a few miles outside the village before advancing on the base, killing 19 militants in the operation, officials said.

New York Times


Australian Naval vessel seizes weapons cache bound for Somalia

A multimillion dollar cache of weapons bound for Somalia was intercepted by an Australian naval ship near the coast of Oman on Monday.

The weapons supply, which included almost 2,000 AK-47 rifles, 100 rocket-propelled grenades launchers and 49 PKM machine guns, violates a UN Security Council arms embargo against Somalia. “The weapons were seized under United Nations sanctions, which authorize interdiction on the high seas of illicit weapons destined for Somalia,” the navy said in a statement.

Deutsche Welle