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JUST IN: US airstrike vs #alShabaab near #BeerXaani, #Somalia

Per @MOISOMALIA, strike was carried out after alShabaab attacked partner forces

Initial estimate - 5 alShabaab fighters killed, no civilian casualties Image
The last US-reported airstrike in #Somalia appears to have been February 22, when @USAfricaCommand said it struck #alShabaab fighters near #Duduble after al Shabaab attacked Somali forces…
Prior to the February 22 strike vs #alShabaab, the last US airstrike in #Somalia appears to have been August 24, 2021, near #Cammaara…
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NEW: Few details on the decision to send fewer than 500 troops back to #Somalia - but focus will remain on training/bolstering #Somali forces, per @PentagonPresSec

"This is a repositioning of forces..."
Sending US forces into #Somalia periodically had become "inefficient & increasingly unsustainable" per @PentagonPresSec
#Russia, #Putin conducting war in #Ukraine in an "utterly brutal way" per @PentagonPresSec, reminding world Putin can end it now if he chooses
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NEW: @POTUS approves request to "reestablish a small, persistent US military presence in #Somalia" a senior administration official confirms to reporters
NEW: Senior administration official decries decision by ex President Trump to withdraw US troops from #Somalia

"Since then #AlShabaab...has unfortunately only grown stronger. It has increased the tempo of its attacks, including against US personnel"
#alShabaab remains #alQaida's "largest, wealthiest & deadly affiliate" per a senior administration official
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HAPPENING NOW: @CENTCOM Cmdr Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie & @USAfricaCommand Cmdr Gen Stephen Townsend testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Chairman @SenJackReed opens up talking abt #Iran missile strike in #Irbil #Iraq...
Intro remarks from ranking member @JimInhofe

"#Iran is the foremost threat" in the @CENTCOM region, he says

"Our partners increasingly doubt America's resolve" he adds, blaming what he calls "Pres. Biden's misguided policies"
"The threat posed by #Iran is graver than ever" @CENTCOM's Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie warns in his opening remarks

"#Russia's invasion of #Ukraine moreover has violently demonstrated its willful disregard for int'l norms just have we have seen thru Russia's actions in #Syria
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"Terrorist groups remained a persistent & pervasive threat worldwide" per new @StateDept report

"Although #ISIS lost all the territory it had seized in #Iraq & #Syria, the organization & its branches continued to mount a worldwide terrorism campaign..."
"#ISIS affiliates outside #Iraq & #Syria caused more fatalities during 2020 than in any previous year" per new @StateDept CT report

"Deaths attributable to ISIS-affiliated attacks in West #Africa alone almost doubled from around 2,700 in 2017 to nearly 5,000 in 2020"
#alQaida's "networks continued to exploit undergoverned spaces, conflict zones, and security gaps in the #MiddleEast to acquire terrorist resources & conduct terrorist attacks" per new @StateDept CT report
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The latest round of serious fighting in #Somalia🇸🇴, finally sees the FGS going after its no.1 enemy: #AlShabaab.*
*Of course not, the FGS is fighting ASWJ, a longstanding religious-inspired militia that has resisted #AlShabaab pretty effectively since at least 2008. 😒
Meanwhile, the UN🇺🇳 Panel of Experts on #Somalia🇸🇴 recorded 1,047 #AlShabaab attacks on #SNA🇸🇴 & international targets over 9 months: 16/12/20-6/9/21. They were mainly hit & run attacks with few designed to hold or capture towns or overrun military bases.… Image
+30 killed, +100 wounded in the latest #SNA🇸🇴 vs ASWJ fighting. Only #AlShabaab will be laughing...…
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Oil and natural gas reserves is are increasingly becoming a target by #terrorists/ #insurgencies because it accounts for 6.5% of the global GDP. A good example is #Alshabaab attacks in Northern #Mozambique on the @TotalEnergies $20B offshore LNG facility that is the largest
Foreign investment project in #Africa. Cabo Delgado is also home to vast swaths of natural resource wealth.It also harbours the largest known graphite deposits & nearly half of the world's rubies lie under its soil.
That thus makes #CaboDelgado a hotspot for real and perceived grievances, that are often exploited by #terrorists & proxy war mongers to sow unrest to explore these resources in a manner that won't benefit the locals.
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NEW: Just released @UN report warns of "heightened threats emerging" from #ISIS #alQaida affiliated groups worldwide

"This is especially true in parts of West and East #Africa" per the report, based on member state intelligence
In West/East #Africa, affiliates of #ISIS #alQaida "can boast gains in supporters and territory under threat, as well as growing capabilities in fundraising & weapons, for example, in the use of drones" per the @UN report
#ISIS in #Syria "has evolved into an entrenched insurgency, exploiting weaknesses in local security to find safe havens & targeting forces engaged in counter-ISIL operations" per the @UN report
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#Sahel: Today, #JNIM released the video "If they fight you, fight them". It's been almost three years since JNIM released their last full-length video with combat footage, namely "And the Battle Continues".
#Sahel: This could be explained by several factors: First, the focus has been on the political line; second, JNIM's official media presence has declined significantly, and this is against the backdrop of several key media figures (in #Algeria and #Mali) being killed
#Sahel: The decline is particularly relevant when compared to #ISGS, which received major boost from its formal integration into #IslamicState's organizational infrastructure & media apparatus. However, this last video marks the effective recovery of #JNIM media wing Al-Zallaqa.
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Happening now: @CENTCOM Commander Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie & @USAfricaCommand Commander Gen Stephen Townsend testify at SASC
.@CENTCOM's Gen McKenzie tells lawmakers he has all the tools he needs to complete the withdrawal from #Afghanistan
"We will lose the abilities we have now to see completely into #Afghanistan" per @CENTCOM's Gen McKenzie, asked by @SenJackReed about impact of withdrawal on intel collection vs #alQaida #ISIS
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NEW: @DeptofDefense withholding findings of investigation into the #alShabaab attack on the #MandaBay airfield in #Kenya -which killed 1 US servicemember & 2 US contractors- pending "an independent review" by "a 4-star general officer"…
"It is the Secretary’s desire to ensure there is a full examination & consideration of the contributing factors ... & that appropriate action is taken to reduce the risk of future occurrence" per @PentagonPresSec "The families impacted deserve nothing less"
Review will be led by @TRADOC Commander, Gen Paul Funk

"An independent review will provide added insight, perspective, and the ability to assess the totality of this tragic event involving multiple Military Services & Department of Defense components" per @PentagonPresSec
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NEW: "The terrorist threat is far from behind us at this point" @StateDept's acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism & acting envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat #ISIS John Godfrey tells @MiddleEastInst
Under @POTUS @JoeBiden "We will avoid announcing major policy initiatives or posture adjustments in a way that comes as a unwelcome surprise to partners & allies" @StateDept's Godfrey notes

"We will consult & we will coordinate"
Strategic review ongoing re white supremacist/domestic violent extremism - but not just domestically

"We're also focused on the transnational linkages of these domestic violent extremists" per @StateDept's Godfrey in @MiddleEastInst virtual conference
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NEW: @USAfricaCommand warns #alQaida-linked #alShabaab "remains adaptive, resilient, and capable of attacking Western & partner interests in #Somalia & East #Africa" in final @DoD_IG report on US counterterrorism ops in Africa
Despite ongoing train/advise/equip efforts by US, others "The Somali government...has not met milestones for the development of its security forces" per @DoD_IG Sean O’Donnell

#Somalia #alShabaab
In North #Africa, #alQaida in the Islamic Maghreb (#AQIM) & #ISIS-#Libya "significantly degraded & currently pose no threat to the US homeland & a minimal threat to US interests in the region" per @DoD_IG Sean O’Donnell
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Now anyone with a gun in #Tigray can be seen as a legitimate target of the #EDF to counter the anticipated uprising. #Ethiopia has all the ingredients to escalate this conflict into a civil war like Iraq. Take instead of religion ethnicity. Militia escorting EDF!🥱#Somalia #Xamar
#Ethiopia war is a war of ideas! Unitary vs Ethnic Federalism & a bit of revenge on the #TPLF #Tigray
As long as some ethnic groups believe that the others r wild nomadic Folks, who may need to be governed by force against their will, if necessary. Ethiopia cannot rest.🥱#Somalia
Facts that cannot be predicted exactly, if a war against an intact admin. like the #TPLF in #Tigray will be carried out. How will Folks react, how will the troops carry out their orders to spare the civilian, when the enemy can no longer be distinguished from the rest?🥱#Ethiopia
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Today #Ethiopia is entering civil war territory as federal troops deploy to take on #Tigray (TPLF) forces after what Addis said was an attack by the northern region against a federal military base. This is a disaster for the region, for Africa, for the world. Thread -->
Many Ethiopians on all sides hoped it would never get to this, although it has been like watching a train crash in slow motion for months. At each step of the way it has been possible for each side to de-escalate but everyone has chosen to press ahead with hardline positions.
Great hopes awaited Ethiopia when prime minister #AbiyAhmed took office in 2018. He took credit for continuing the policy of releasing political prisoners, and forging a peace deal with #Eritrea, winning the #NobelPeacePrize @NobelPrize as a result.
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#ISIS #alQaida - "#Africa is providing them that venue, that safe haven where they can establish themselves" @USSOCOM #Africa Commander MajGen Dagvin Anderson tells @AEI
"We see Islamic State core really needing these affiliates" in #Africa, per @USSOCOM #Africa's MajGen Anderson, adding #alQaida in Africa is even more dangerous, learning from the mistakes #ISIS made in #Iraq #Syria

"They stay below that threshold"
#alShabaab "has become more aligned w/#alQaida...more responsive" per @USSOCOM #Africa's MajGen Anderson
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NEW: US making "limited progress" in degrading #ISIS #alQaida in #Africa, per @DoD_IG report

"In East Africa, #alShabaab moved freely & launched attacks in #Somalia & #Kenya...In the #Sahel & LakeChad regions, violence continued at high levels & expanded to new territories"
"In North #Africa, ISIS-#Libya resumed small-scale attacks in the southern desert region of #Libya" per @DoD_IG Sean O'Donnell "The ongoing civil war...intensified as more foreign fighters and mercenaries deployed to Libya to fight on both sides of the conflict"
MORE: Spread of #COVID19 across #Africa "did not appear to slow VEO (violent extremist organizations) activity" per @DoD_IG O'Donnell "The pandemic exacerbated many of the underlying conditions that foster VEO growth, including economic and food insecurity"

#Africa #terrorism
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Waxu isku dayey marinhabaabin Dad an Anniga masuul ka'ahay, Tolkayga #Mudug ila #Barriga fog daadsan. Been buu ka sheegay, ka cabsida #Mudulood. Haddaanan sidiina u dhaqmo, Madaxwayne & Reyswasaare in laka qaato ba #Banaadir & #Puntland lagu heshiiyay, maxa ka baqnaa?😂 #Somalia
Sababta inta Baddan Nabadoonka #Somalia loo doorto meeshaan baad ka fahmi, markii ay saan oo kale u banjaraan waa la iska badelaa. Jidadka ay dadka dhisteen baa run ka ah waxuu sheegay. Dadka uu aamusa leeyahayna ku jeer bay caqli dhaamaan.😂#Puntland #Mogadishu #Galmudug #Jowhar
Marinhabaabka Dadkayga lagu hayo, Ka daa baad oranaysaan. Odeygaan dhowr jeer baa dhageystay, aad buuna ii dhibay, sidaan aniga u arkey wa siyaasi been ka buuxdo. Bal dhageeyso siduu ku bilaabayo, waxuna qirtay inuusan dhaqan Democracy ah uusan ku qanacsaneen.🥸#Somalia #Puntland
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Doorasho Dadban wakhtigeeda kuma dhici karto, ilaa December waa in lagu heshiiyaa Odeyaasha tiradooda, Beelaha loo noqdaa, waa in Beel walba si gaar ayada uh ah ku heshiiyaan, sideey Odayaashooda wax usoo xulaaya usoo xushaan.🤔1/1
#Somalia #Mogadishu #Puntland #Galmudug #Jowhar
Gobaladda Koonfurta waxa u dheer iney kala tashadaan Xulkooda #AlShabaab, markaas Odoyaasha waa iney sameeyay Siminaar Federal o ay ku baranayaan so Xulka Xeerarka ku hareersan sida Qaybta Dumarka, ka bacdinina ay Seminaar kale la galaan Madaxda Gobolkooda.1/2 #Somalia #Mogadishu
Intaas waxaa dheer lagdanka Beelaha dhexdooda jilibkee baa intee Xildhibaan leh ilaa iyo heer qoys, is afgaran waa & dib u heshiisiin ka bacdi baa Xulkii Madaxda Gobolka loo geen sidey ragooda ugu darsadaan, qaar baa markaas ka caroonaya in kooda laga tagay1/3🤔#Somalia #Mogadihu
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When I wrote the slogan in the Pic, #Gaas sat on d throne in #Garoowe bc I suspected dat his successor could be worse &, unfortunately, I was right.Sure, it was 22yrs ago when d good idea was born to build #Puntland so that we could build a nation & not what it became. 🎊#Somalia
Naceebka Iska dhaaf baad isoo DM gareenaysaan, naceeb igama ahee dhaliil bay iga tahay. Iska dhaafa isku taaga Federalka ee bal is garab dhiga, waxeey shacabkooda u qabteen #Somaliland, Doorrasho toos ah & jidad dhisan, sooma dhamaan waxaan haysano. #Puntland. #Somalia #Mogadishu
2012 markii aan ka baxnay ku meel gaarka ba bilaaway inan sidey ku qorantahay Dastuurka #Puntland, ay Xilwareejin la hoos tagayo Federalka la sameeyo & Dastuur cusub u Ololaynayay, waa aragti #Farmaajo hortii aan qabay, Isbaarashada aan u dhiganay in Dowladnimada #Somalia qaadno
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#alShabaab not slowed yet by #coronavirus

The #alQaida linked group "continued its activities & attacks across #Somalia unabated & largely unaffected by the #COVID19 pandemic" per @UN report

"Member States observed that there had been no reduction in the momentum of attacks"
#Mogadishu "witnessed an upsurge in complex attacks against civilian & military targets" per latest @UN report
Outside of #Somalia, #alShabaab appears "emboldened by the January attack on a United States military base on Manda Island in #Kenya" per @UN member state intel
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After 6ish months of devouring everything I can find on #Africa's cyber threats and challenges, here are my top-ten articles and reports, in no-particular order. All no paywall, open-source. 1/n
For unparalleled insight into the scope and scale of cyber threats and attacks, this 2016 report by @symantec and @_AfricanUnion is the gold standard. 2/n…
For continent-level information on the costs of cybercrime and deficits in organizational preparedness, this 2017 report and survey of leading cyber professionals / organizations, edited by @serianultd's Brencil Kaimba, is a must read. 3/n…
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NEW: Extremist activity in #Africa "appears to be outpacing US, European, and African efforts to counter it" per @DoD_IG Sean O'Donnell in new report on US CT operations

#alShabaab on #Somalia remains top concern - "remains adaptive, resilient, & capable" per @USAfricaCommand
NEW: #Russia sent as many as 2,500 fighters from #Wagner Group to #Libya for January-March period, per @DoD_IG

Another approximately 3,800 #Syria|n fighters also joined the conflict in Libya during that time
#COVID19 complication US counterterror ops in #Africa - @USAfricaCommand "reported that as of the end of March, it had paused most DoD security cooperation activities across the continent" per @DoD_IG report
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#Africa - "I see a continent with a lot of countries, very fragile countries...affected by this #COVID19 crisis" @eu_eeas Maj-Gen Hermínio Maio tells #EUDefense

"We need to wait and see what will be really the security impact"
EU Training mission in Mali using social distancing, temp checks, masks, per @eutmmali1's Brig-Gen Frantisek Ridzák in #Mali

Partners are using same precautions
"All of the drivers of instability & all of the challenges that have always existed for us all are still there" @thejointstaff Brig-Gen William Zana tells #EUDefense re #COVID19 in #Africa, #Sahel

"In some areas, we see worsening or greater challenges"
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