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U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say

us_armyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has established a unit of fewer than five troops in Mogadishu to advise African and Somali forces as they try to take control of Somalia from the al-Qaeda-affiliated al Shabab militant group, a spokesman said on Friday.
Army Colonel Tom Davis, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command, said U.S. forces began establishing the Mogadishu Coordinating Cell in October and it became fully operational in late December.

Kenya's jets kill 30 Al-Shabaab militants, key commanders

kiiniyaiarforceKenya's military said on Friday that its fighter jets have killed over 30 Al-Shabaab militants including key commanders in an attack late Thursday in southern Somalia.
Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) spokesman Col. Cyrus Oguna said the attack which took place at around 18:00hrs at Garbarahey in Gedo region Somalia saw scores of the insurgents escape with multiples injuries.
"Yes, our forces yesterday attacked Al-Shabaab camp and killed more than 30 militants, where a meeting was being held. I will provide more information later," Oguna told Xinhua by telephone.

From Winnipeg to Borama

Interior design graduate students are helping to build a Somaliland city’s first mental health hospital.
Working with Architects without Borders (AWB) Canada, 11 University of Manitoba grad students, working in groups of two or three, have developed early concepts for the future Regional Mental Hospital,SJC-hospital-1Jan which will be constructed in Borama, Somaliland.
Jason Shields, 28, is a first-year master’s student who worked on the project with his partner, Umid Abdullaev. He said it’s great that the projects won’t be simply forgotten after submission.
"It’s almost just beginning now," said Shields, who put countless hours of work into the project. "The hard part was designing it all, but now that it’s been passed off to AWB, now we know that they will be going through all of the work."
AWB, made up of experienced volunteer architects, will go through the five projects and pick and choose elements to include in the final concept. That concept will then be provided to the Dr. Abdishakur Jowhar Foundation.

Denis Rodman in North Korean basketball training session (VIDEO)


Rodman in North Korean basketball training session (VIDEO)


With Somalia, CAR, and South Sudan, Museveni is remaking the state forever THE MONITER

musaveniSo Uganda has rushed troops to South Sudan, presumably to shore up the embattled regime of President Salva Kiir.
The current crisis in Africa’s newest independent nation broke out about three weeks ago, with an alleged attempted coup. Kiir blamed his former deputy, the rather swashbuckling Dr Riek Machar. Kiir sacked Machar and other leaders in July, in a purge against rivals inside the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

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