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Hesham Hellyer

Egypt is not Somalia (it isn’t Switzerland, either)

The last two weeks were not a huge surprise. For some, it seems that the last couple of weeks were the result of a strategy by forces opposed to the presidency of Mohamed Morsi—that the violence was planned, arranged, and implemented. There is a corresponding logic to that line of thought—that had the violence not …

Dr H.A. Hellyer

Eight Ugandans survive army helicopter crash, two dead

Nairobi (AFP) – Eight Ugandan servicemen walked away from their helicopter after it crashed in Kenya en route to war-torn Somalia while two soldiers were confirmed dead in another crash, officials said Tuesday. Theirs were among three Russian-made Mi-24 combat helicopters that went down Sunday in a remote mountainous region of Kenya. One was found …

Daily News Egypt

A Somalia transitional federal soldier stands guard during a visit of Somalia's President to Afgoye on July 30, 2012. The head of Somalia's corruption-riddled government said on July 23 he expects to be re-selected as president of the war-torn Horn of Africa nation when his current mandate expires next month. "I am a strong candidate and I am very confident that I will win," President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed told reporters last week. AFP PHOTO / Mohamed Abdiwahab

US citizen admits to supporting Somali terrorist group

  A US citizen arrested in 2010 has plead guilty to charges that he attempted to join the Al-Shabaab jihadist movement in Somalia and raised funds to support the group. Shaker Masri, a 28 year old Chicago resident, was arrested in 2010 just hours before leaving for Somalia where he planned on engaging in Jihad …

Nouran El-Behairy