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A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, assigned to the15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, departs after in-flight refueling while supporting Operation Octave Quartz over Somalia, Jan. 5, 2021. The U.S. launched its first airstrike Jan. 18 on al-Qaida-aligned militants in Somalia since recently withdrawing its ground forces from the country.

<br>Trevor T. McBride/U.S. Air Force

AFRICOM launches airstrike in Somalia shortly after troop pullout

AFRICOM said it bombed and destroyed an al-Shabab compound in southern Somalia on Monday, which came after attempts by the militants to target Somalia’s military leaders.

Ugandan troops in Somalia say 189 extremists killed in raid

Uganda's military says it killed 189 suspected Islamic extremists with al-Shabab in Somalia in a "surprise, swift" attack that targeted a meeting of members of the armed group.

UN warns of 'serious' rape charges in Ethiopia's Tigray

The U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict says "serious allegations of sexual violence" have emerged in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region.


UK backs Sudan economic reforms with over $50 million

Britain's foreign secretary announced Thursday that the U.K. would offer more than $50 million to help poor Sudanese families, as their government embarks upon major austerity measures to revive its battered economy


SEAL pleads guilty to role in hazing death of Green Beret

A Navy SEAL pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Army Green Beret while the men were stationed in Africa.

US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete

The U.S. military says its troop withdrawal from Somalia is complete, in one of the last actions of President Donald Trump’s presidency.


Uganda faces pressure to end Bobi Wine's house arrest

Calls grew Thursday for Ugandan authorities to free opposition presidential challenger Bobi Wine from house arrest a week after the country's longtime president won a sixth term in a disputed election.


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