US says airstrike in Somalia kills 3 Al-Shabab extremists

The United States military says it has carried out an airstrike against Al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three “terrorists.” (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 22 February 2018
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US says airstrike in Somalia kills 3 Al-Shabab extremists

MOGADISHU: The United States military says it has carried out an airstrike against Al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three “terrorists.”
The US Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred Monday near Jilib town in Middle Juba region. “We assess no civilians were killed in this strike.”
The US has carried out a growing number of drone strikes in the Horn of Africa nation in coordination with Somalia’s government. Most are against Al-Shabab but a small number have targeted Daesh-affiliated fighters in the Puntland region in the north.
The US carried out more than 30 drone strikes last year in Somalia after President Donald Trump approved expanded military efforts against Al-Shabab.
The extremist group is blamed for the October truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed 512 people.


Motion filed by top parliament official to impeach Somali president

Updated 09 December 2018
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Motion filed by top parliament official to impeach Somali president

MOGADISHU: The top official of Somali's parliament administration said on Sunday he had filed a motion with the speaker of parliament to impeach the country's president, Mohamed Abdullahi.
"We have filed an impeachment against the president of the federal republic of Somalia," Abdikarim H. Abdi Buh said in a statement.
Constitutionally, 92 lawmakers have to sign such a motion for it to be submitted to the speaker. Parliament may debate the motion a week later.
Somalia's parliament has 275 lawmakers in total. A successful impeachment vote requires the backing of two thirds of all MPs.
A copy of the motion, seen by Reuters, lists as grounds for the impeachment an allegation that the president secretly signed agreements with other countries including Ethiopia and Eritrea.
The agreements touched on the use of Somali ports and economic and security cooperation, it said.
He was also accused of illegally extraditing alleged criminals to other countries and violating Somalia's federalism law and the rules and regulations of parliament.
Officials at the president's office could not be reached for comment.