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U.S. targets Islamic State in Somalia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/10/19, 10:37 am

A U.S. airstrike in northern Somalia killed at least 13 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday, the U.S. military said Thursday. The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said no civilians died during the strike, which targeted an extremists’ encampment in the Golis Mountains. Islamic State in December 2017 recognized the Abnaa ul-Calipha extremist group as its Somalia branch. The group remains active in the semi-autonomous Puntland region. Last month, AFRICOM said an airstrike killed Abdihakim Mohamed Ibrahim, a senior official of the group.

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Associated Press/Photo by Fernando Llano

Showdown in Venezuela

International | Guiadó begins his ‘final phase’ to oust Maduro
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/01/19, 11:58 am

VENEZUELA: Months of unrest entered a new and perhaps a showdown phase, as opposition leader Juan Guiadó surrounded himself with military supporters and called for street protests Wednesday to oust rival President Nicolás Maduro. Violent protests broke out across the country ahead of planned rallies.

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ISIS leader appears in video

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/30/19, 10:11 am

Islamic State (ISIS) released a video Monday purporting to show the group’s fugitive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for the first time in five years. In the 18-minute video from the al-Furqan network, a man suspected to be al-Baghdadi sits cross-legged on the floor with a Kalashnikov rifle at his right side.

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