October 21, 2000 |
A former U.S. Army sergeant charged in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa pleaded guilty Friday and said Saudi militant Osama bin Laden examined a photograph of the embassy in Kenya and pointed to the spot where a truck bomb could do the most damage. Ali Mohamed, a 48-year-old Egyptian-born U.S. citizen, told the court that in late 1993, four years after leaving the military, he was asked by Bin Laden to conduct surveillance of U.S.
November 29, 1992 |
The warlord who controls northern Mogadishu on Saturday welcomed a proposal to send up to 30,000 American troops to Somalia to help relief workers fight the nation's famine. Ali Mahdi Mohamed approved the plan one day after his archenemy, the warlord who controls southern Mogadishu, gave it his blessing.
November 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When is a pirate not a pirate? A federal court may provide an answer in a trial that opened in Washington this week of a Somali official who helped win release of a hijacked Danish cargo ship and crew for $1.7 million ransom, but who played no part in seizing the vessel or holding it for 71 days. U.S. courts have convicted dozens of Somali pirates in recent years, part of a vast multinational effort that has helped curtail the rampant hijacking of oil tankers, freighters, sailboats and other ships off the Horn of Africa.
September 23, 2008 |
Mortar rounds and gunfire killed 30 people in Somalia's capital as insurgents battled government forces and their Ethiopian allies. "There is blood everywhere and human flesh on the walls," said Abshir Mohamed Ali, a shop owner at Mogadishu's Bakara market. The fighting began after Islamic insurgents fired mortar rounds at the main airport and at the presidential palace, said Ali Mohamed Siyad, who chairs a market traders' group. Government forces and their allies retaliated.
May 16, 2001 |
A federal jury in New York ended its third full day of deliberations in the case against four Osama bin Laden followers charged in a plot to kill Americans that included the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Bin Laden is believed to be the mastermind behind the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam bombings that killed 224 people. Before leaving for the day, jurors asked for evidence involving Ali Mohamed, a former U.S.
July 27, 1996 |
Militiamen opposed to Somali warlord Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid claim to have captured a key airport, cutting the supply line to Aidid's troops in Mogadishu. Forces loyal to rival warlord Ali Mahdi Mohamed captured the airport at Balidogle, west of the capital, Ali Mahdi's radio reported. Witnesses said at least eight people were killed and more than 19 wounded during the 90-minute battle.