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Iran denies plotting to attack UAE embassy in Ethiopia

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MEMO | Iran has categorically rejected the allegation contained in a New York Times report that it is planning to attack the UAE Embassy in Addis Ababa. The denial was issued by the Iranian Embassy in the Ethiopian capital. "Neither Ethiopia…

Ethiopia Thwarts Iranian Plot to Attack UAE Embassy

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Source | Iran is seeking to “activate sleeper cells” in Africa in order to attack “soft targets” in an attempt to avenge the killing of top commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike and its top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh…

Ethiopia arrests 15 over UAE embassy attack plot: Reports

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Al Jazeera | The country’s intelligence and security service said suspects were working on direction of foreigners, local media report. Ethiopia’s state-run media have said authorities arrested 15 people over a plot to attack the United…

Ethiopian politician facing terror trial goes on hunger strike

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AFP | A prominent Ethiopian opposition politician charged last year with terrorism faces "permanent health problems" after going on hunger strike for more than a week, his lawyer told AFP Friday. Jawar Mohammed, a member of the opposition Oromo…

Militants Storm Hotel in Somali Capital and Blasts Rock Area

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NYT | The authorities said there were reports of at least two dead and 11 injured at the Afrik Hotel. A militant group, the Shabab, was believed to be behind the attack. NAIROBI, Kenya — Militants with the extremist group al-Shabab stormed…

How War in Ethiopia Impacts Red Sea and Horn of Africa Power Politics: The Battle in Tigray and Beyond

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Terrorism Monitor | Michael Horton Ethiopia is a key prize in the scramble for influence and power in the Horn of Africa and broader Red Sea region. With its natural resources, population of 110 million, and well-equipped military, Ethiopia…

U.S. Withdrawal from Somalia — SOF

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Source: SOF News | John Friberg U.S. Africa Command has announced the formation of Joint Task Force Quartz to oversee Operation Octave Quartz – a mission designated to reposition forces from Somalia and continue the assistance effort in Somalia.…

Will Somalia Be Collateral Damage of Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict?

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Source: World Politics Review | Peter Kirechu In November, as the Ethiopian government escalated its military campaign against the northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed quietly ordered a drawdown of Ethiopian peacekeepers from…

Trump’s Withdrawal From Somalia Is a Security Threat. Biden Should Reverse It

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Source: Foreign Policy | Abdi Yusuf U.S. troops are scheduled to leave the country on Jan. 15, opening the door for al-Shabab terrorists to step up their attacks. The new administration should recommit to protecting the country. Years of hard-fought…

ISIS, Reborn: The Islamic State’s African Revival is a Lethal Blind Spot

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Source: National Interest | Jordan Cope With four burgeoning safe havens, ISIS has revived in Sub-Sahara and could be deadlier than ever. - Before 9/11, many forget that Osama Bin Laden largely made a name for himself in Sub-Saharan Africa.…