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A US MQ-9 Reaper drone. (Photo/J.M Eddins Jr/US Air Force/Flickr).

In 2017 US President Trump Doubled Drone Strikes In Somalia. What Does 2018 Hold?

Ironically, the latest strike came as the Somali government officially took back control of its own airspace from the International Civil Aviation Organisation, 27 years after the fall of the central government in 1991.


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Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir: out of step and at war. (Photo/UNMISS).

A Grim Anniversary: South Sudan’s Unending War Is A Horror Show Like Few Others

7.6 million people need assistance for their day-to-day survival; 2.1 million have fled as refugees in neighbouring states; 1.9 million are displaced within South Sudan; 4.8 million are severely food insecure.


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Waiting, and waiting for Trump's Africa policy. (Photo/Gage Skidmore/Flickr).

US President Trump’s Africa Policy Still Incoherent, But Key Signals Beginning To Emerge

Trump called on African companies to invest in the US, and urged Africans to help defeat Islamist extremists and the threat from North Korea.


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Overlooking the Red Sea: After prevaricating for some time, Eritrea, which until then had good relations with Qatar, fell into line with the Saudis and broke ties with Qatar. (Photo/ Flickr/ Andrea Moroni)

Uncertainty Across The Red Sea: Qatar’s Conflict With Its Neighbours Sets The Horn Of Africa On Edge

Qatar had been a generous donor to Eritrea. UAE and Saudi Arabia have been using the Eritrean port of Assab in their war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The recent upheavals appear to have fallen well for Ethiopia