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    Future of Somalia

    Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud spoke about political and security developments in his country ahead of Somalia’s presidential elections later in 2016. After his remarks he responded…

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    Defense Department Briefing

    Peter Cook briefed reporters and responded to their questions on a variety of military-related topics, including a recent U.S. airstrike in Somalia against the al-Shabab militant group.

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    Sudden Justice

    Chris Woods talked about his book, Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars, about America’s use of drones in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia and the reaction it has caused. Mr. Woods…

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    Defense Department Daily 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 that…

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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 such as al-Shabaab and ISIS* jihadists or…

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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 questions from the…

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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 al-Shabaab. The previous…

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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 the topics…

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    Black Hawk Down

    Mark Bowden talked about his book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, in which he recounts the 1993 U.S. special operations raid in Mogadishu, Somalia that resulted in the deaths of 18…

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    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 world. Mr.…

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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 impact of…

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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, the…

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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 country.…

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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 on the…

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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 and…

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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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    In the Company of Heroes

    Mr. Durant, a retired Blackhawk helicopter pilot, talked about his memoir In the Company of Heroes: A True Story by Michael J. Durant, published by Putnam. The book recounts his experience…

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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 delegation…

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