Friday, September 10, 2021

Somalia: Puntland troops repel al-Shabaab attack on a military base

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Somalia-based Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militants fired mortars at a military base in Puntland, in an incident that comes at the time the country is struggling with security arrangements and political crisis.

The militants confirmed that they launched a mortar shell attack in Af-Urur area at the outskirts of Bosaaso, the capital of the Bari region. This is the first time the militants were trying to run over a case in Puntland, a region in northeastern Somalia.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Ethiopia: Tigray rebels massacre 125 villagers in Amhara

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Rebels from Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray killed at least 125 residents of a village in the neighbouring Amhara region earlier this month before being driven out by pro-government forces, doctors said Wednesday.

“There were 125 dead in Chenna village… I saw the mass grave myself,” Mulugeta Melesa, head of the hospital in nearby Dabat town, told AFP.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Afghanistan: Taliban claims complete control of Afghanistan after Panjshir victory

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The Taliban have declared victory over the province of Panjshir northeast of the capital Kabul, the final pocket of territory which has remained outside their rule.

The group posted footage online of their fighters raising their flag there on Monday.

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Guinea: Coup d’Etat confirmed, special forces capture President Alpha Conde

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A coup d’Etat has been confirmed in Guinea after heavy gunfire between presidential guards and a division of the country’s special forces.

A photo went viral online showing masked members of Guinea’s special forces surrounding a dejected and dispirited President Conde on a sofa.

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Afghanistan: The Afghan resistance says reports of its defeat in Panjshir are Taliban propaganda

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A band of Afghan resistance fighters holed up in Afghanistan’s rugged Panjshir province northeast of Kabul has repelled repeated attacks by Taliban fighters in recent days, a representative for the group tells NPR.

Speaking with NPR’s All Things Considered on Friday, Ali Nazary, the National Resistance Front’s head of foreign relations, who is currently in the U.S., also denied reports that the Taliban have taken control of the province — the last major territory standing between the Islamist militia and total control over Afghanistan — calling the rumors “propaganda.”

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