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    Defense Department Briefing

    Rear Admiral John Kirby briefed reporters on a variety of military issues. He confirmed U.S. military strikes in Somalia and said the Obama administration was assessing the results of…

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    Democracy in Somalia

    Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud talked about the challenges facing democracy in his nation. President Mohamud said he would not call groups like al-Shabaab and the Islamic State…

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    Future of Somalia

    United Nations Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay talked about the country’s progress in governance and security. Following his remarks, Ambassador Kay took…

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    Terrorist Threat in Somalia

    Witnesses testified about efforts by Somalia, the U.S., and the international community to eliminate terrorist threats to Somalia’s security, such as the al-Qaida affiliated…

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    Al-Shabaab Terrorist Threat

    Witnesses testified about the al-Shabaab terrorist group, which claimed responsibility for the September 2013 attack and hostage-taking last at a Nairobi, Kenya, shopping mall. Among…

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    Book Discussion on Get it On

    Keni Thomas talked about his book Get It On!: What It Means to Lead the Way. A decorated U.S. military veteran, Keni Thomas used his experiences in the chaotic 1993 Battle of Mogadishu and…

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    After Words with Jay Bahadur

    Pirates from Somalia made international news with the capture of an American cargo ship in 2009 in eastern African waters and later the murder of four retirees sailing around the…

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    Somalia Outlook, Panel 2

    Witnesses testified about relations with Somalia and various security threats in the region. Among the topics they addressed were piracy, terrorism, the refugee situation, and the…

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    Somalia Outlook, Panel 1

    Current and former State Department officials testified about relations with Somalia and various security threats in the region. Among the topics they addressed were piracy, terrorism,…

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    State Department Daily Briefing

    P.J. Crowley briefed reporters and answered questions. In his comments he said the United States is focused on getting American citizens out of Libya due to the violence in that…

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    Al Shabaab and Terrorism

    Herman Cohen talked about al Shabaab and the recent bombing in Uganda, what al Shabab is, where it’s operating, its affiliation with al Qaeda, the rise of al Shabaab, and its impact…

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    Special State Department Briefing on Somalia

    Officials spoke to reporters about the military and political stalemate in Somalia. They urged the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to be more inclusive of various groups…

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    Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Authorization

    Witnesses testified about the fiscal 2011 budget request for the Department of Defense and armed services, focusing on budgets for the U.S. African and European Commands and U.S. Joint…

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    Counterpiracy Efforts

    During a press conference with Hatian Prime Minister Pierre-Lewis, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled a four-point plan Wednesday to tackle piracy in the Gulf of Aden off the coast…

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    State Department Daily Briefing

    Mr. Wood briefed reporters and answered questions about a number of issues including piracy off the Somali coast and an incident in which Representative Donald Payne’s official…

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    Piracy on the African Coast

    The International Maritime Association recorded 120 acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia in 2008. Mombasa, Kenya, has become a hub in efforts to combat that piracy. Freelance…

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    Counter-Piracy Operations

    Vice Admiral William Gortney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, gave an operational commander’s update including an overview naval fleet operations, Combined Task…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for comments on the news of the day. Jeffrey Gettleman reported by telephone from Nairobi, Kenya, about the pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa. He…

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    Situation in Somalia

    United Nations Secretary General Special Representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah talked about the current state of the continuing humanitarian and security crisis in…

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    Defense Department News Conference

    Secretary Gates and Chairman Mullen talked with reporters. Chairman Mullen described his trip to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and talked about the status of U.S. operations.  …

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