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11/16/17

  • Zimbabwe’s president has been placed under house arrest. [Link]

11/14/17

  • Tanks of entered the capital city of Zimbabwe. Reports suggest that the military may attempt to remove the 93-year-old President Mugabe from power. [Link] The military declared they had control of the capital city but were not carrying out a coup. [Link]
  • Johnathan Marshall on the US Terror War expanding into Africa. [Link]

11/13/17

  • The US carried out three drone strikes against IS and al-Shabaab targets over the weekend. [Link]
  • The ISIS group in Somalia has grown to over 200 fighters. [Link]
  • West African jihad is starting with a desire to protect cattle. [Link]

11/6/17

  • AFRICOM announces the US carried out two airstrikes against an Islamic State Group in Somalia. The US claims to have killed several terrorists. [Link]

11/3/17

  • Niger’s Defense Minister announced the US can use armed drones in Niger. [Link]
  • Nigerien officials claim the US forces killed in Niger were on a raid hunting ISIS-linked group. [Link]

11/1/17

  • Five Malian soldiers and one civilian was killed by militants. Jihadist groups like IS and al-Qaeda operate in the area. [Link]

10/30/17

  • 23 people were killed in a suicide truck explosion in Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link]
  • Trevor Timm on the growing US mission in Niger. [Link]

10/25/17

  • Nick Turse on the expanding role of the US military in Africa. [Link]
  • The US is using Niger as a hub for military operations in West Africa. [Link]

10/23/17

  • The US has 8,000 troops deployed to Africa. [Link]
  • 54 Egyptian police were killed when they were ambushed by militants. [Link]
  • Jason Ditz explains how US soldiers were killed in Niger. [Link]
  • The US is expanding the drone war against jihadists in West Africa. [Link]
  • A senior Congressional aide blames a lack of intelligence for the death of four American soldiers in Niger. The aide said there was no overhead drone during the operation. The Pentagon denies the soldiers died because of a lack of intelligence. [Link]

10/18/17

  • The man behind the terror attack in Somalia that killed at least 300 people, may have been motivated by an operation involving US soldiers that resulted in ten Somali civilians being killed. [Link]

10/16/17

  • At least 300 people have been killed by a truck explosion in Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu. [Link]

10/10/17

  • 16 people were killed by gunmen in a remote Mozambique. [Link]

10/9/17

  • The body of a special operations soldier has been found in Niger. He is the fourth US soldier to die in last weeks ambush attack in Niger. The US now believes an Islamic State affiliate group was responsible for the attack. [Link]

10/2/17

  • Egypt is cracking down on homosexuals. Six men have been arrest for social media posts and are going to be forced to undergo an anal inspection. Another man has been sentenced to six years in jail. [Link]

9/15/17

  • A video shows South African riot police marching on protesters and firing rubber bullets. A 14-year-old was shot in the mouth at close range. [Link]

9/14/17

  • After 9/11, the US developed a surveillance centers in Ethiopia to spy on Ethiopians and others in the Horn of Africa. [Link]

9/12/17

  • The Islamic State killed 18 Egyptian police in the Sinai. [Link]

9/11/17

  • At least four people were killed by a suicide bomber in Somalia. [Link]

9/8/17

  • The US carried out an airstrike against an al-Shabaab target in Somalia. The US claims three militants were killed in the attack. [Link]

9/6/17

  • A drought in Ethiopia could lead to famine. Eight million living in the Southern part of the Ethiopia are in need of more food aid. The US pledged $97 million in aid. [Link]

9/1/17

  • Last week’s US-supported raid on a Somali village left several civilians dead. US and/or Somalian troops opened fire civilians and killed several people including children. The raid may cause a split between the Somali government and an important tribe. [Link]

8/28/17

  • Civilians have accused the US and Somalian troops of killing ten civilians in Somalia. [Link] The Somali Army had admitted the dead are civilians. [Link]
  • 1,000 people were killed in a mudslide in Sierra Leone. The mudslide occurred two weeks ago. [Link]

8/25/17

  • Al-Shabaab is killing Christians in Somalia who refuse to convert to Islam. [Link]

8/21/17

  • Residents of a Somalian town hit by US airstrikes claim the strikes killed seven civilians. The US claimed the strikes killed members of al-Shabaab. [Link]

8/18/17

  • The US carried out three airstrikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia. The US claims to have killed seven fighters. [Link]
  • Uganda has one million South Sudanese refugees living in the country. People in South Sudan are fleeing the country because of on going ethnic fighting. [Link]

8/16/17

  • Kenyan police beat a 6 month old child into a coma. Police were looking for people who protested after the recent election. [Link]

8/14/17

  • 18 people were killed when Islamists opened fire on people at a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso. [Link]

8/13/17

  • Protests erupted in Kenya after last weeks presidential elections. So far, 24 people have died in the protests. There have also been reports of police officers harassing journalist who are covering the election. [Link]

7/28/17

  • Al-Shabaab is limiting civilians access to aid in Somalia. 6.7 million Somalis are now in need of humanitarian assistance. [Link]

7/27/17

  • US Special Forces carried out a raid with Somalian forces and captured an American citizen accused of working with al-Shabaab. [Link]

7/25/17

  • Ten people have died in clashes in Darfur. The UN and African Union are planning to reduce their peacekeeping role in the region. [Link]

7/24/17

  • In January, Nigeria’s air force bombed a refugee camp and killed up to 170 civilians. The refugee camp was not marked on the map, and the gathering of people was thought to be Boko Haram. [Link]

7/21/17

  • US military personnel used a military base in Cameroon where torture occurs. There is no evidence that US military personnel participated in torture but, prisoners report seeing Americans at the base. [Link]

7/18/17

  • Two Germans were stabbed to death in Egypt. The attack is believed to be linked to extremist groups. [Link]

7/14/17

  • Somali pirates and al-Shabaab are allies in Somalia. [Link]
  • Al-Shabaab kidnapped a top Kenyan government official. The government official was freed but three were killed in the attack. [Link]

7/13/17

  • 5,000 South Sudanese civilians have fled the country as government troops approach the rebel-held city Pagak. [Link]
  • 19 people were killed by Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria. [Link]

7/11/17

  • Eight civilians were killed when an attacker threw a grenade at several people in Burundi. [Link]

7/10/17

  • The US carried out a drone strike against al-Shabaab in Somalia. [Link]

7/8/17

  • 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed when Islamists launched a blitz attack a security post in the Sinai. [Link]

7/3/17

  • In Mali, an al-Qaeda-linked terror group released a video showing six foreign hostages. The narrator in the video wanted to start negotiations for the release of the hostages. [Link]

6/23/17

  • At least seven people have been killed by an explosion in Somalia’s capital. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. [Link]
  • The UN secretary-general is calling for an end to the war is South Sudan. [Link]

6/22/17

  • The UN has passed a resolution that approves the forming of a five-country African coalition to fight Islamists. The five countries are the Sahel region of Africa. The US opposed the resolution, so a reference to chapter 7 was dropped from the resolution. [Link]

6/21/17

  • A car bomb in the Somali capital killed 10 people. [Link] Other sources put the total dead at 15. [Link]

6/20/17

  • Three civilians and one Malian soldier were killed when an al-Qaeda-linked group attacked a resort site in Mali. The resort is a popular destination for Western tourists. [Link] Portugal says one Portuguese soldier died in the attack. [Link]
  • Half of food aid sent to Nigeria’s Northeast is not arriving to the people who are facing starvation. [Link]
  • Government soldiers in South Sudan are targeting civilians. [Link]

6/15/17

  • 14 people were killed by soldiers because people started to fight over food aid in Somalia. Most of those killed were civilians. [Link]
  • 19 people have been killed in a terror attack in Somalia’s capital. One terrorist attacked a car bomb to attack a hotel. Other terrorists took hostages at a restaurant. All the gunmen were killed in a shootout with police. [Link]

6/14/17

  • Thousands of people gathered in Morocco to protest government corruption and abuse of power. [Link]

6/12/17

  • The US opposes a UN resolution that would allow a five country coalition to fight Islamists groups in the Sahel region of Africa. The US asserts the countries do not need US authority to fight the Islamist groups. [Link]
  • Food aid is running out in Ethiopia. 7.8 million people in Ethiopia are dependent on food aid. [Link]
  • The US claims to have taken out a major al-Shabaab target in Somalia. The US used the authority Trump granted the military in March to carry out the strike. [Link]

6/9/17

  • Al-Shabaab carried out a raid on a government military base. Al-Shabaab killed 66 government soldiers seized 16 vehicles in the raid. [Link]
  • Nine people were killed in four terrorist attacks in Nigeria. [Link]

6/5/17

  • The mutiny in the Ivory Coast has ended. The government has agreed to pay out the bonuses to the soldiers. [Link]

5/26/17

  • Four Egyptian security force members were killed in the Sinai. [Link]
  • An estimated 23 people were killed during an attack on an Egyptian church. [Link]

5/25/17

  • The UN reports that 400,000 children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are facing severe malnutrition. [Link]

5/24/17

  • The leader of the opposition party in Zimbabwe has demanded the president step down and leave the country. [Link]
  • In Nigeria, 1.4 million people are in an emergency food crisis and 44,000 are near starvation. [Link]

5/23/17

  • The president of South Sudan announced a unilateral ceasefire. The president is also looking at releasing political prisoners.  There is no indication if this ceasefire will be effective or not. [Link]

5/19/17

  • New documents give additional information on the secret US war being fought across Africa. [Link]
  • The first of 4,000 UN peacekeepers arrived in South Sudan today. 13,000 UN peacekeepers are already operating in the country. [Link]
  • Al-Shabaab is enforcing Islamic law in areas of Syria. Two men convicted of stealing had their right hands cut off. [Link]

5/18/17

  • Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for a car bomb that killed three Somali soldiers in the country’s capital. [Link]

5/17/17

  • Ugandan soldiers on the hunt for Joseph Kony raped and sexually assaulted women. US special operations soldiers provided advise and assist support to the Ugandan soldiers. [Link]
  • 8.600 Ivory Coast soldiers rebelling against the government reject a peace deal offered by the government. The rebelling soldiers are asking for a bonus to be paid. The government claims it does not have the money to pay the bonus. [Link]

5/16/17

  • Soldiers rebelling against the Ivory Coast government block a road connecting Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. [Link]
  • Six were wounded and one was killed when civilians marched against the rebelling Ivory Coast soldiers. Soldiers loyal to the Ivory Coast government are marching toward the city the rebelling soldiers are in. [Link]
  • Three people have died of ebola in a remote region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. [Link]
  • Zambia’s democracy is slipping into a dictatorship. [Link]

5/15/17

  • The government of the Ivory Coast’s inability to pay a bonus to its military has led to some members of the military to rebel. [Link]

5/13/17

  • The president of Somalia is asking the UN to lift a 25-year embargo against Somalia. The embargo prevents weapons from being sold to Somalia. [Link]
  • The civilian death toll in Mali has reached 150 in 2017. [Link]

5/12/17

  • The US will provide financial, intelligence, and logistical support to the five country West Africa coalition. The coalition is also backed by the French government and is fighting the Islamist movement in the region. [Link]

5/11/17

  • The UN Secretary General warns the attack that killed four UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic may constitute war crimes. [Link]

5/10/17

  • This article looks at the Islamist movement in West Africa and what is being done to prevent it. [Link]
  • The US soldier who was killed in Somalia died fighting on the front lines with Somalian troops. Typically US troops in an advise and assist role operate behind the front lines. [Link]
  • Four UN Peacekeepers were in the Central African Republic fighting a Christian rebel group. [Link]

5/9/17

  • The Egyptian government destroyed 15 trucks traveling from Libya to Egypt with air strikes. The Egyptian government claims the trucks were smuggling weapons into Egypt. [Link]
  • At least 15 Malian soldiers have been killed by militants in the past week. [Link]

5/8/17

  • The Nigerian government makes a deal with Boko Haram to exchange five Boko Haram leaders for 82 women kidnapped by Boko Haram in April of 2014. [Link]

5/6/17

  • One US service member was killed and two other were injured in Somalia. The US troops were assisting Somali troops in their fight against the al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabaab. [Link]
  • Helicopters attack near the area where the US troop in Somalia was killed. [Link]
  • At least five West Africa countries are forming a coalition to fight Islamists in the region. [Link]

5/1/17

  • Mali expands the country’s state of emergency for an additional six months. The Mali government continues to fight against Islamist militias. [Link]
  • A report revealed through FOIA shows the US has 36 outposts in 24 African countries. [Link]

4/23/17

  • The Kenyan government cancels primary elections because too many people turned out to vote. The government decided to cancel the election because it felt it didn’t have the adequate voting material and didn’t want to subvert the democratic will of the people. Some protests followed the announcement. [Link]
  • US military action in Somalia could plunge the country into famine. The UN reports that the country is near famine already, with the worst areas being the areas controlled by the terrorist group al-Shabaab. Trump has declared these areas of Somalia as zones of active hostility, allowing the military to carry out attacks in these areas. [Link]

4/21/17

  • The head of US forces in Africa says the hunt for Joesph Kony is over. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Egypt’s military claims to have killed 19 ISIS fighters inside of Egypt. [Link]

4/11/17

  • Jihadists are spreading through North and West Africa. [Link]

4/10/17

  • ISIS kills 44 Egyptians in two terrorist attacks on Palm Sunday. ISIS targeted Christians in the attacks. [Link]

3/14/17

  • The Islamic State has set up checkpoints in the city of Al-Arish. That city is located in Egypt’s North Sinai. [Link]
  • Russia appears to have deployed special forces troops to an airbase in West Egypt. It is being suggested those troops may be used in Libya. [Link]

3/13/17

  • At least 35 people have been killed by a landslide that swept through a garbage dump in Ethiopia. [Link]

3/8/17

  • Protests in Egypt break out after Egypt announced limits on bread supplies and cancellation of subsidies for bread. [Link]

3/4/17

  • Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has been acquitted of charges alleging that he played a role in the deaths of 900 protesters demanding he resign from office in 2011. Mubarak was convicted of these crimes in 2012 and sentenced to life in prison. Mubarak was granted a retrial and has been freed along with his two sons. [Link]

2/25/17

  • Tunisia is struggling to deal with terrorists who are returning home as ISIS loses its caliphate in Iraq and Syria. [Link]

2/21/17

  • Famine has been declared for areas of South Sudan. A civil war in the country has caused many people to be unable to get food. 42% of the country’s population is facing dire hunger or starvation. 275,000 children are acutely malnourished. [Link]

2/13/17

  • Somalia is facing a famine after a severe drought for two years. 6.2 million Somali are in need of humanitarian assistance with 300,000 children acutely malnourished. The presence of the terrorist group al-Shabab will make aid delivery more difficult. [Link]

1/19/17

  • An al-Qaeda suicide bombing in Mali kills at least 60 and wounds over 100.  [Link]

1/18/17

  • The Nigerian Air Force bombed and killed over 100 civilians and 20 aid workers. The Nigerian military reports they acted on bad information and believed that insurgents were gathering where they dropped the bombs. [Link]

1/12/17

  • Since the start of 2017, 26 people have been killed in fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fighting began in 2016 after the president lost an election and is refusing to leave office. [Link]

1/4/16

  • US Special Forces Operations have drastically increased in Africa. over 17% of all Special Forces are now deployed in Africa. This is about 1,700 troops. The troops operate in 33 African countries. [Link]

12/23/16

  • There is a risk of war breaking out in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the president who recently lost his election is refusing to leave office. Citizens have started to form protests of the president’s refusal to give up power. The president has responded by killing at least 34 protesters. [Link]

12/11/16

  • 25 have been killed in the bombing of an Egyptian church. A newly formed terror group Hasm is claiming responsibility for the attack. [Link]
  • In Somalia, a car bomb was used to kill 16 in the capital city. [Link]

12/7/16

  • Egypt arrests 45 people involved in an organ trafficking operation. [Link]

12/4/16

  • Somalian Security Forces fight with the Islamic State group in Somalia for the first time. [Link]

11/28/16

  • Obama expands the War on Terror to include Somalia. Obama has added the Somalian group al-Shabaab to the list of terror groups “perpetrators of 9/11, ” and this gives the US Government the authority to attack the group under the AUMF 2001. One issue with adding al-Shabaab to the list of “perpetrators of 9/11” is the group did not exist until 2001. [Link]

11/26/16

  • A car bomb attack in Somalia’s capital city kills 11. [Link]

11/25/16

  • The Tunisian president confirms that US spy drones are operating on the Libya/Tunisia border. The spy drone missions to watch for potential Islamic State fighters moving from Libya to Tunisia. [Link]

11/22/16

  • The Islamic State affiliate group in Somalia seized the town Qandala. IS has been taking territory in Somalia since some members split from al-Shabaab last year. [Link]

11/3/16

  • An Egyptian artist photographs Egyptians using their currency for rolling cigarettes and sushi to show the effects of the currency’s loss in value. [Link]

10/17/16

  • President Obama is increasing the US war effort in Somalia. The US is now conducting special operation missions, training fighters, using military contracts, and conducting airstrike missions. [Link]

10/6/16

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has pushed off elections for two years. The government claims that it needs more time to register up to 10 million votes. Many citizens see this as a way for President Kabila to keep power. [Link]

9/30/16

  • The Sudanese Government is using chemical attacks against its citizens. It is possible 250 people have died from these chemical attacks. [Link]
  • The US is building a $100 million drone air base in Africa. The base will cost $13 million a year to maintain and will be use to fight the terror war in North and West Africa. [Link]
  • A US drone targeting terrorists, accidentally kills 22 Somali soldiers. No terrorist were killed by the drone strike. [Link]

8/4/16

  • After 15 years of failures, America’s Pentagon Leaders have no plans to change Americans stardgiety in offensive wars. They now look to change Africa with the same plan they used to change The Middle east. [Link]

8/1/16

  • Obama starts a new war in Libya. The President is claiming that he has the authority to start this war under the Authorization of Use of Military Force 2001. The AUMF 2001 was the congressional act that allowed the US to target The Taliban and Al-Qaeda. It is very unclear how Obama can stretch the meaning of the 2001 AUMF to such lengths, but the media is unwilling to pressure him on this. [Link]

7/12/16

  • The US has 1,700 troops in Africa operating in 20 different countries. It is unclear what role the troops are playing in Africa, but they are Navy Seals, some of our most skilled fighters.Read Here.