Somalia forces, Shebab in fierce fight over strategic island

Somalia`s al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels on Saturday launched a major offensive against a strategic island in the south of the country, causing heavy casualties, witnesses said.

Over 70 killed in warlords` battle for Somali port: UN

Battles between rival warlords in Somalia`s key southern port city of Kismayo killed at least 71 people last month, UN officials said.

Somali warlords battle over key southern port

At least eight people have died in fighting between rival Somali warlords battling for control of the southern port city of Kismayo, witnesses said Saturday.

Kenyan troops storm last Somali rebel stronghold

In a significant development, African Union (AU) forces on Friday took control of parts of Kismayo, the last major Islamist militant bastion in southern Somalia.