Updated Dec 28, 2019

Death toll rises to 79 in Somalia rush hour explosion

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A large explosion in Somalia's capital city, Mogadishu, has killed at least 79 people and injured at least 90 civilians on Saturday morning, The Washington Post reports.

The latest: The explosion was caused by a vehicle filled with bombs appearing to target morning traffic near a tax collection center, per the Post. More than a dozen university students and multiple police officers are among the dead.

  • Mogadishu Mayor Omar Mohamud said mostly students have been hurt in the attack.
  • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist militia al-Shabab regularly attacks the government institutions in Somalia, the Post writes.

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3 Americans killed in al-Shabab attack on military base used by U.S. and Kenya

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Three Americans were killed in an attack by terrorist group al-Shabab Sunday morning on a military base in Kenya's Lamu County used by American and Kenyan military personnel, U.S. Africa Command confirmed in a statement Sunday.

The big picture: One U.S. service member and two Defense Department contractors were killed, while another two Defense Department members were injured but are "currently in stable condition and being evacuated," per the statement. Al-Shabab is affiliated with al-Qaeda.

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The latest: Iran general who replaced Soleimani vows revenge for death

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Iran's new top commander Esmail Ghaani, who replaced Gen. Qasem Soleimani after he died in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, pledged during a televised address Monday to avenge the general's killing, AP reports.

The latest: Ghaani‘s declaration that God "has promised to get his revenge" and that "certainly actions will be taken" came hours after Iran said it would no longer abide by limits on its uranium enrichment and Iraq's parliament voted to call on the Iraqi government to expel U.S. troops from the country over Friday's airstrike.

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How Trump decided to kill Iran's Soleimani

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President Trump was interrupted during campaign planning at his Mar-a-Lago resort last Sunday and pulled into another meeting which resulted in the final call to authorize a drone strike that killed Iran's top general Qasem Soleimani, the New York Times reports.

Why now: Officials said the decision to strike Soleimani emerged in response to the death of an American contractor the Friday before Christmas in Iraq by Iranian-sponsored militia groups. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Soleimani was "actively" planning an attack on Americans, the Washington Post reports.

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