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As US Troops Return to Somalia, Officials Aim to Ramp Up Fight Against Emboldened al-Shabaab

By Soldier of Fortune correspondent Gatimu Juma Government officials in Mogadishu view the return of U.S. forces to Somalia as a boon to local efforts to fight a resurgent al-Shabaab terror group, sources told Soldier of Fortune. “If all they do is give advice, that’s a tremendous help,” one official …

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“IED! IED! IED!” Hearts and Minds In the War On Terror

PFC Heath Hansen receiving the Combat Infantry Badge in Afghanistan. By Heath Hansen I opened my eyes. It was still dark, but I could see the night was ending and another day in some village in Afghanistan was beginning. The smell of dip-spit and cigarette smoke betrayed the fact that the …

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Third Man Charged With Plot to Kill Haitian President

A Haitian citizen was extradited from Jamaica to the United States to face criminal charges in Florida related to his alleged involvement in last year’s assassination of the former President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse. Joseph Joel John, 51, is charged with conspiring to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United …

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Moroccan Police Arrest Islamic State Terrorism Suspect

Moroccan police said they had arrested a suspected Islamic State group member, in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, who was implicated in plotting “acts of terrorism.”  The announcement came ahead of the opening next Wednesday in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh of a conference of member countries …

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Gunfight in Somalia: Attack From al-Shabaab

By SoF correspondent Gatimu Juma Early morning gunfire was the first sign of a deadly assault at a military base about 100 miles from Mogadishu, alerting local residents to the Tuesday attack by al-Shabaab.  Officials and residents near the base said that many dozen Burundi soldiers were killed, and others …

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Woman Convicted For Funneling Money to Somalia’s Al-Shabaab Terrorist Group

A federal jury convicted a Dutch woman on charges stemming from her participation in a terrorist financing ring in support of the Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Farhia Hassan, 38, was involved with a group of women from more than a dozen …

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Prisoner Swap: US, Russia Trade Former Marine Trevor Reed for Convicted Drug Smuggler Konstantin Yaroshenko

Amid worsening relations between Washington and Moscow, the U.S. has completed a prisoner swap involving two imprisoned citizens. The swapped prisoners are Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, jailed on U.S. drug-smuggling charges, and former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed, jailed in Russia on charges of assaulting police.  Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on …

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Jihadists Say They Captured Russian Wagner Fighters in Mali

By Gatimu Juma A Mali jihadist group claimed that it captured a fighter from Russia’s privately owned Wagner military group. “In the first week of April, (we) captured a soldier of the Russian Wagner forces in the Segou region in central Mali,” the GSIM (the Group to Support Islam and …

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Norway Arrests Greenpeace Activists Who Chained Selves to Russian Ship’s Anchor

Norwegian police said they have arrested a group of environmental activists who chained themselves to a Russian oil tanker. The group said it wanted to prevent the ship from unloading its cargo in Norway. Greenpeace said on Monday that its activists had set off in boats across the Oslo Fjord, …

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Anti-Terrorist Militias in Burkina Faso: Animists, Christians, Muslims – and AK-47’s

By SOF correspondent Joseph Hammond Story and photo courtesy, Religion Unplugged. KAYA, Burkina Faso— Kibsa Ouedraogo is proud of the wooden idols that declare his animist faith. The entrance to his home is guarded by large figures carved from dark wood. At their feet are a few empty bottles of …

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