Ethiopia’s military says security forces killed more than 800 fighters from the Somali militant group al-Shabab after Shabab fighters launched a rare cross-border attack. General Tesfaye Ayalew, the head of deployment for Ethiopia’s national defense forces, said more than 800 al-Shabab fighters, including 24 top leaders, were killed in recent operations against the group. He said al-Shabab tried to infiltrate Ethiopia through the country’s eastern border but they have been “successfully thwarted by the joint efforts of the security forces.” The president of Ethiopia’s Somali state, Mustafe Omar, said in a Twitter statement Friday that another 100 al-Shabab fighters were captured in the recent clashes. He said the group’s misadventure into Ethiopia ended with “a rout of the terrorists.” VOA could not independently verify the figures from either official. Other security officials in Ethiopia’s Somali state told VOA that there were heavy casualties on Ethiopia’s side and several officials, including local administrators, were captured by al-Shabab. Late last month, hundreds of al-Shabab fighters crossed Somalia’s border with Ethiopia and clashed with specially-trained counterterrorism forces known as the Liyu police. The group entered Ethiopia at several sites from Somalia’s border regions of Hiran and Bakool. U.S. assessments suggest the Shabab fighters may have penetrated as far as 150 kilometers into Ethiopia before being stopped. The president of Ethiopia’s Somali state announced last week that Ethiopian forces will establish a buffer zone inside Somalia to stop further al-Shabab attacks across the border. Authorities in Somalia’s Bakool region welcomed the announcement and said it would help stabilize the region. Al-Shabab has been fighting the Somali government and African Union troops in Somalia for more than 15 years, carrying out attacks in Somalia and neighboring Kenya. Experts believe that the group’s attack in Ethiopia was meant to show the group still poses a danger to Horn of African countries. Meanwhile, on Friday, a suicide truck bomb blast targeted a military base in the Hiran region, near the Somali-Ethiopian border, that houses Turkish-trained special forces. Officials in the region told VOA by phone that the bombing killed at least one soldier and wounded three. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack and said more than 40 soldiers were killed or wounded.
Myanmar junta extends state of emergency
Myanmar’s military government has extended a state of emergency by 6 months, state media said Monday, with the junta chief saying elections could only take place when the conflict-wracked country was “stable and peaceful”. Min Aung Hlaing, who led last year’s coup, requested the military government to “allow him to serve for an additional 6…
Saudi Arabia’s NEOM project to bring huge investments to Egypt
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said his country will invest in Sharm el-Sheikh as part of $500 billion NEOM project. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently revealed his country’s plan to pump huge investments into Egypt to complete the Saudi NEOM project, including in the Sharm el-Sheikh tourist area on the Red Sea coast….
Chinese fighter jets fly close to Taiwan Strait as military activity increases ahead of Nancy Pelosi visit
China has increased military activity around Taiwan as tensions run high ahead of a potential visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to arrive in the capital Taipei today. China has repeatedly warned against Ms Pelosi going to Taiwan, which it claims as its own, warning of repercussions and saying that its…
South Korea’s Heavy rain casualties rise to 11 deaths, 8 missing
Casualties from this week’s heavy rains have risen to 11 people dead and eight others missing, officials said Thursday. Of the dead, six were in Seoul, three in Gyeonggi Province and two in Gangwon Province while three of the eight unaccounted for were from Seoul, according to data from the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures…
South Korea reports 119,922 new Covid-19 cases
he daily caseload was up from 111,789 in the previous day and higher than 100,245 tallied a week earlier, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. For the past week, the daily average number of confirmed cases was 86,520. Among the new cases, 600 were imported from overseas, lifting the total to 45,900….
YouTube Squatting Campaign
Summary X-Force has identified a new squatting campaign used by threat actors to target the media sector. The campaign has a global scope assumingly luring users into giving away their login credentials. Threat Type Squatting Domain, Phishing Domain, Credential Theft Overview We observed 19 squatting domain registrations related to a victim in the media sector. The…