Ten years ago today — the same day that Barack Obama was elected president — a group of young Somali-American men left Minneapolis intending to join the al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia. Nearly two dozen men were part of that first wave of terror recruits, but they wouldn’t be the last. And Somalia wouldn’t be their only destination.
US and Somali forces who raided the family home of a former president and detained three teenagers may have been acting on misleading intelligence, according to officials in the unstable east African country.
…One Somali intelligence officer with direct knowledge of the operation – which took place in a region known as a al-Shabaab stronghold – said “there was bad intelligence during and before the raid on the house of former president”.
“The Americans did not know the place. They relied on false intelligence gathered by local informants who are sometimes biased due to clan influence,” he said.
British Somali teenagers are being taken back to their parents’ homeland under the pretence of a holiday and then kept in detention centres before being forced into marriages.
Under the practice of dhaqan celis, loosely translated as “the rehabilitation community”, Somali children and teenagers are routinely taken to the country, where they are often sent to “rehabilitation” centres.
A 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia, the first confirmed death in years in a country where complications from the procedure are usually denied, activists claim.
According to anti-FGM campaigners familiar with the case, Deeqa Dahir Nuur was taken on 14 July to a traditional cutter in the remote village of Olol, roughly 65km from Dhusmareb, in central Galmudug state.
According to Islamic law, polyandry – a woman having more than one husband – is illegal but men are allowed to marry up to four wives.
The children – three boys aged 10, 14 and 16, and the daughter, 18, all of Somali origin – alerted authorities and are now in foster care. Police intervened after the daughter emailed Childline. The 18-year-old told authorities that the children were being “kept at home, did not attend school and were kept socially isolated.” Police then subsequently traced the email to the family’s home.
According to court documents, the children were only let out of the house once every three weeks. “The children have complained that their parents expressed support for extremist violence and have expressed anti-Semitic, anti-British, homophobic and anti-white views in the home, which the children reject,” the High Court judgment says.
US prosecutors have laid a murder charge against a policeman who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman.
Officer Mohamed Noor, 32, turned himself in over the death of Justine Damond in Minneapolis, prosecutors said. He is accused of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Ms Damond died in July last year after calling police to report a possible sexual assault outside her home.
A lawyer for Mr Noor said his client had acted in line with police training.
But in announcing the charges, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman alleged Mr Noor had “recklessly and intentionally fired his handgun”.
“There is no evidence that Officer Noor encountered a threat, appreciated a threat, investigated a threat or confirmed a threat that justified his decision to use deadly force,” Mr Freeman told reporters.
Sounds like he wanted to kill his Kuffar for Allah.
The government of Somaliland issued a fatwa (religious edict) making female genital mutilation (FGM) mandatory for all females.
Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia are extorting huge sums from starving communities and forcibly recruiting hundreds of children as soldiers and suicide bombers as the terror group endures financial pressures and an apparent crisis of morale.
Intelligence documents, transcripts of interrogations with recent defectors and interviews conducted by the Guardian with inhabitants of areas in the swath of central and southern Somalia controlled by al-Shabaab have shone a light on the severity of its harsh rule – but also revealed significant support in some areas.
Systematic human rights abuses on a par with those committed by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are being conducted by the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamist militants as the west largely looks away because most analysts do not see the group as posing a threat to Europe, the UK or the US.
Of the 11 countries included in President Trump’s refugee ban, one stands out — Somalia.
That ban expired two weeks ago and the U.S. has begun accepting refugees again from Somalia and 10 other high-risk nations.
Why take Somali “community leaders” on an exclusive airport-security tour?
Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have stoned a mother of eight to death for allegedly committing adultery.
Hundreds of residents gathered at a public square in the town of Saakow, about 400 kilometers south of Mogadishu, to watch the execution on Thursday, residents said.
In an audio posted on an al-Shabab website, an al-Shabab judge said the woman, identified as Habiba Ali Ishaq, married a second husband while already married to another man, and as a result was convicted for adultery.
The death toll from the most powreful bomb blast witnessed outside the Safari Hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has risen to 189 with more than 200 injured.
It is the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation.
Police said a truck bomb exploded outside the Safari Hotel at the K5 intersection, which is lined with government offices, restaurants and kiosks, flattening buildings and setting vehicles on fire. A separate blast struck the Medina district two hours later.
OTTAWA — Nigel Brennan, the Australian photographer abducted in Somalia with Canadian freelance reporter Amanda Lindhout, wept Friday as he told an Ontario Superior Court judge how he twice had to listen to Lindhout screaming as she was tortured or raped.
“Four of the young gunmen came in one night,” he said of the first occasion. One of them told him, “Whatever you hear, do not open your door.”
The woman has received social welfare benefits from all three countries. Not only that – immediately after she received asylum in Sweden, she returned to the country where she had sought shelter – namely to Somalia. Once upon a time, she sold a Swedish residence permit to a Somali man with three own children for SEK 120,000. The man and the children then went to Sweden and live here as her “husband” – while she continues to live in Norway.