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Iran denies plotting to attack UAE embassy in Ethiopia

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…
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Ethiopia Thwarts Iranian Plot to Attack UAE Embassy

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…
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Ethiopia arrests 15 over UAE embassy attack plot: Reports

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…
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Ethiopian politician facing terror trial goes on hunger strike

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…
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Militants Storm Hotel in Somali Capital and Blasts Rock Area

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

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…
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U.S. Withdrawal from Somalia — SOF

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

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

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…