Monday 24 July 2017
(Voice of America 05/29/13)
A suspected U.S. drone has crashed in southern Somalia. Provincial officials and al-Shabab militants say the aircraft crashed Tuesday near Bulo Marer in the Lower Shabelle region. Lower Shabelle governor Abdikadir Mohamed Nur told VOA's Somali Service that al-Shabab militants fired anti-aircraft missiles at the aircraft before it crashed. Al-Shabab, in a message posted to Twitter, did not claim responsibility for the downing of the drone. The group did say it has taken possession of the wreckage and moved it to a "safe location." Although the United States does not discuss its counter-terrorism operations in Somalia, drones have been used to monitor and kill suspected al-Shabab fighters.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/28/13)
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. reconnaissance drone crashed on Tuesday in southern Somalia, where African forces are fighting Islamist al Shabaab insurgents, the rebels and the provincial governor said. Lower Shabelle region governor Abdikadir Mohamed Nur said that al Shabaab militants had shot at the aircraft over the town of Bulamareer for several hours before it crashed. "Finally they hit it and the drone crashed," Nur told Reuters. The insurgents confirmed that a drone had crashed but did not say if they had downed it. "A U.S. drone has just crashed near one of the towns under the administration of the Mujahideen in the Lower Shabelle region," al Shabaab said on a social media account. Although the United States...
(The Independent 05/28/13)
The suspected Woolwich murderer Michael Adebolajo made a second bid to travel to Somalia to join extremists there just last year. The alleged Islamist wanted to try again to head for the Jihadist hotbed after his first attempt failed in 2010. However, he was stopped from going by MI5 who warned he would be caught again by the Kenyans if he did, sources suggested last night. It raises the prospect of whether Adebolajo did manage to travel out again after Abu Nusaybah claimed last week that his friend had been caught and tortured in Kenya last year. The latest development came as news reports in Kenya claimed authorities there were told by British officials in 2010 that Adebolajo was not...
(The Christian Science Monitor 05/28/13)
There's a saying that from small acorns, mighty oaks do grow. The progress toward stability in Somalia in the last year or so may be represented by the acorn, and many have hopes that a great oak of peace, supporting a strong, stable government, will grow from it. For many years, the name "Somalia" conjured up images of warlords, pirates, refugees, and chaos. But there is a glimmer of hope with a genuinely elected government at the helm, however tenuously. Piracy along the coast isn't gone, but it is greatly reduced. Businesses are coming back to the cities. While car bombs aren't absent, urban areas are freer of extremists than they have been for years. A recent meeting of nations...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
MOGADISHU — The Somali militant group al-Shabab said on Sunday its fighters had killed eight Kenyans, including policemen, in a cross-border raid and had taken two captives back into Somalia. A Kenyan official confirmed two policemen had been killed and two were missing but could not confirm if they were kidnapped during the attack on Saturday night. "We have gone 35 km into Kenya and burnt their base, Damajale, last night," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al- Shabab's military operations spokesman, said. Al-Shabab also posted a statement on social media saying the raiding party killed eight people and took two prisoners back over the border. Albert Kimathi, district commissioner for Dadab, an area near the Somali border, said the rebels made...
(Voice of America 05/27/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed has expressed concern about Kenyan peacekeepers in the Somali port city of Kismayo, as the government seeks to regain control of the region. The Somali president addressed the issue at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa. Speaking on the sidelines of the summit Sunday, Hassan said his government is in discussions with the African Union after peacekeepers from Kenya allegedly declined to provide security for a group of ministers visiting Kismayo earlier this month. “For us we have no complaint against Kenya, but part of the AMISOM contingent on the ground have misbehaved and they operated outside their mandate," he said. Kenyan troops who helped to liberate Kismayo from al-Shabab militants...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(Garowe online 05/24/13)
Beledweyne — Heavy fighting erupted on Thursday in central Somalia after Al Shabaab militants attacked nomadic communities, Garowe Online reports. Local reports say Al Shabaab militants "killed a number of nomads" in a village approximately 50km west of Beledweyne, capital of Hiran region, after a dispute as Al Shabaab wanted to collect some of the nomad's livestock as "payment". However, nomadic communities organized themselves and launched a counter-attack against Al Shabaab militants. Mohamed Ibrahim Abdikarim, Hiran deputy governor for security matters, told reporters that, "the nomad fighters killed 12 Al Shabaab militants and seized their weapons". Al Shabaab group has not publicly addressed the matter and casualty reports could not be independently identified. GAROWE ONLINE
( 05/24/13)
Over one million people in Somalia are currently food insecure, according to a May report by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET). This number is a significant drop from the 3.7 million considered food insecure in mid-2011. The improvement has been attributed to good ongoing ‘gu’, the March-to-June rains, and the 2012 October-November ‘deyr’ rains. Successive droughts and poor rains had culminated in a famine in Somalia in 2011. The famine led to an estimated 258,000 excess deaths, meaning deaths above normal mortality numbers, according to a 2 May study commissioned by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) and FEWSNET. Most of these deaths were in the Banadir, Bay and...
(Mareeg 05/24/13)
Mogadishu-(Mareeg.com) – the prime minister of the federal republic of Somalia Abdi Farah Shirdon addressing the media said that his government will take all measures to ensure full security in the capital is achieved. The prime minister said that his government will continue to fight terror groups and ensure the Somali public live without fears from any group. Prime Minister Shirdon said that full security operation is underway in the capital which is being conducted by different government forces and those from AMISOM. Mr. Shirdon added that the troops will conduct a house to house security search in the capital to ensure security in the city is assured. Mr. Shirdon finally said that he hoped for an improved security in...
(Mareeg 05/24/13)
Mogadishu-(Mareeg.com)-news from Beledweyne town, the capital of Hiran region confirm that a large explosion occurred targeting Ethiopian troops inside the town. News source say that the land mine was remote controlled and targeted the troops while they passed Irid Amin suburbs in Beledweyn town. Eyewitness confirmed to local radio in Mogadishu that he saw 3 Ethiopian soldiers who sustained heavy injuries. He confirm that after the explosion, the troops opened gunfire but it did not result to any casualties. Security operation is currently underway at the suburbs surrounding at the area where the incident occurred. The Hiran administration have not release any statement about the incident yet. The town of Beledweyn is in the hands of Somalia federal government troops,...
(Midnimo 05/23/13)
Armed conflicts in Mali, Sudan and Congo and the communal violence in Kenya, Nigeria and South Sudan had led to the displacement of thousands of people. Human rights abuses by Islamist armed groups and security agencies in the name of “counter-terrorism” continued last year in Somalia and Nigeria. Use of child soldiers was also documented in Somalia, Mali, Congo and Chad. There were also some cases of discrimination and police brutality in Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, and South Africa. Many governments continued their assault on freedom of expression mainly in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Gambia, Sudan and Somalia. The death penalty was imposed in several countries but applies only in a few. In a worrying move, the Gambia...
(Huffingtonpost 05/23/13)
Co-authored with Joseph Szyliowicz, a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Piracy, like terrorism has been a scourge of mankind for centuries and, though its practitioners, real (Blackbeard, Anne Bonny and Henry Morgan) and mythical (Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribean movie stories) have achieved heroic stature in popular culture, its contemporary manifestations represent a major threat to the global economy and to national security. Significant strides have been made in recent years towards combating piracy, especially off the coast of Somalia, but a robust international grand strategy is urgently needed in order to forestall an ever more dangerous global threat as pirates develop ever more sophisticated organizational structures, many of...
(Mareeg 05/23/13)
Mogadishu (Mareeg.com) Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon today praised parliament’s decision to withdraw a planned no-confidence vote in the government and updated ministers on recent progress on Jubaland and ongoing discussions with Somaliland at the weekly Cabinet meeting. Commenting on recent events in parliament, the Prime Minister praised the lawmakers’ responsiveness to public concerns. “First of all, parliament has an absolute democratic right to hold our government to account and it is quite right for it to do so in this manner. I welcome the decision lawmakers have taken to withdraw the no-confidence vote because they listened to the people’s concerns, they heard the public outcry, and the demand that the vote be stopped. They recognized that this would be...
(Midnimo 05/23/13)
When Aden Abdi first arrived in the United States at 9 years old, he and his family had hopes of a better life, education and success. Abdi’s family left war-torn Somalia for Kenya before making its way to Tucson in 2004. He enrolled in the fourth grade despite never attending school a day in his life and not speaking the language. Nine years later, the Pueblo Magnet High School senior is well-spoken and will graduate today with A’s and B’s. Through participation in the Pima County JTED program, he will be a certified nursing assistant. Abdi’s life is everything he thought it would be. “Knowing that I was coming here, I expected that my life would change,” Abdi said. “My...
(Standard Digital 05/23/13)
Kenya has been asked to rethink its support for the self-declared state of Jubaland in southern Somalia as the region and the Federal governments squabble. The situation has further been compounded with warlords drawn from various declaring themselves president. A group of Kenyan businessmen warned that Kenya’s security is likely to be once again threatened if the region returns to the hands of Al Shabaab, with fighting reported in parts of the south after six men declared themselves president. The group told the government to remain neutral in mediating a solution of the emerging conflict between Jubaland and the Federal Government; which is reluctant to recognize an independent Juba state. The new conflict between the Somali Federal Government and Jubaland...
(The Associated Press 05/23/13)
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A recent spate of attacks by Islamic extremist rebels in Somalia's capital is forcing investors, business leaders and aid workers to have second thoughts about what good they can accomplish. African Union and Somali troops pushed the radical al-Shabab insurgents out of the capital in August 2011, fostering a relative peace that Mogadishu hasn't seen in years. Somalis living overseas are returning, bringing new foreign investment capital with them. But a recent spate of attacks is threatening those gains. The Turkish Red Crescent said it periodically reviews its activities in Mogadishu because of the security situation but is not suspending operations. An attack last month struck a car carrying Turkish aid workers on a day when...
(The Toronto Star 05/23/13)
MOGADISHU, SOMALIA—The Elman sisters are bathed in the honey glow of Somalia’s late afternoon sun, the only sounds coming from an iPhone in a pink case that chirps continuously and the bursts of chatter from women upstairs. A sign in the corner of the office where they sit reads: “Real Men Don’t Rape.” For those who know the Canadian sisters from Ottawa, it is rare to see them together, just talking, sitting still, not working on Somalia’s front lines. Iman has just come from work and is still dressed in her military fatigues, a black hijab discreetly tucked beneath the lieutenant’s cap. She turns heads on Mogadishu’s streets: it is rare, if not unheard of, to have a female commander,...
(Mareeg 05/23/13)
Mareeg.com-The President of the Federal Republic os Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud attended a ceremony in Mogadishu to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Organization of the African Union (OAU). Dignitaries present in the event included the Special Representative of the AU to Somalia, Djiboutian Ambassador to Somalia who is also the Dean of Diplomatic corps in Mogadishu, the EU and UK Ambassadors to Somalia and other diplomats. Somalia has been at the heart of the African Union since its inauguration. As one of the founding fathers, Somalia is proud to stand here today emerging from decades of trauma, supported by African Union. The President of Somalia said “It is a time to reflect on the past 50 years –...

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