Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The document gives nations a six-month mandate to use "all necessary means" to fight piracy.
But it says that countries taking dig more. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7372390.stm
‘I am deeply concerned about the latest wave of violence in Mogadishu and the suffering this is causing the civilian population, who are already badly hit,’ said Raymond Johansen, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. dig more ..http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/ASIN-7E5KFC?OpenDocument
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
April 23 11:00 a.m.
SECRETARY OF STATE RICE Bilateral Meeting with His Excellency Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of the Somalia Transitional Federal Government.
QUESTION: And the other meeting with the Somali?
QUESTION: And the other meeting with the Somali?
MR. MCCORMACK: The --
QUESTION: Proposed UN resolution.
MR. MCCORMACK: Proposed UN resolution on what, piracy?
QUESTION: Well, piracy, yeah.
MR. MCCORMACK: Piracy. It was a very interesting meeting and the president is clearly somebody who is committed to the process of reconciliation within Somalian society and to try to expand the rule of a central Somalian government over all of Somalia. Clearly, there is a long way to go in that regard. And he is clearly somebody who is committed to trying to fight piracy. And he's going up to the UN, I think either today or tomorrow, to talk about that And that's something -- certainly we support those efforts.There is also another issue. They talked about the peacekeepers, deployment of peacekeepers, and that's something, again, that we strongly support. And I know the president is going up to the UN and that is going to be another issue on his agenda. So, a very interesting meeting -- somebody who is clearly trying to work on behalf of the best interest of the Somali people. It's very difficult. They have had, as he described it, 17 years of civil war.
And he believes politically they have made some progress in terms of trying to bring some reconciliation between -- among the clans. There are still, as he described it, elements who are intent on using violence -- violence, al-Qaida and other associated groups to try to undermine that progress. And we certainly expressed our support for the president in bringing about a process of political reconciliation and also trying to act in a responsible manner in the international community. And I would point to the piracy issue as an example of that.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
France, the United States and Britain are preparing a UN resolution giving them authorization to suppress piracy along the Somali coast. Britain may not be actively involved, as many of its diplomats believe attacks on the pirates may violate their human rights, and that some of the pirates, if captured, may claim asylum. dig more http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/somalia/articles/20080423.aspx
Building on engineering feats such as the Channel Tunnel between England and France, the Panama Canal linking the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Suez Canal joining the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, the proposed bridge would link Yemen to Djibouti, creating a man-made link between the Middle East and Africa.
Costing €14-billion ($22-billion), stretching around 28.5 kilometres and encompassing a six-lane motorway and a four-track railway, the bridge would be of Biblical proportions. dig more . http://business.iafrica.com/features/738797.htm
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Senator Norm ColemanMeeting with His Excellency Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of the Somalia Transitional Federal Government.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator Norm Coleman is urging the president of Somalia to pursue reconciliation as a way to move the nation out of its violence-ravaged state.
Coleman, a Minnesota Republican, met for about 40 minutes with Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed on Tuesday. Minnesota is believed to have the largest Somali population in the U.S.
Coleman says he told Ahmed to reach out to "all stakeholders not associated with terrorism." Coleman says that Ahmed responded that he would maintain his commitment to reconciliation.
The transitional government in Somalia, formed in 2004 with U.N. help, has struggled to assert control. Somalia has been afflicted by violence and anarchy for more than a decade.
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Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
17 April 2008 – The senior United Nations counter-terrorism official is in Tokyo today for a meeting to discuss how the world body and the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations can better coordinate their efforts on the issue.
Mike Smith, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), is conferring with the G8’s Counter-Terrorism Action Group (CTAG) on how the two bodies can improve their technical assistance in this field, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.
Established in 2003, CTAG aims to boost political will and promote the implementation of Security Council resolution 1373, which was adopted in the wake of the September 2001 attacks on the United States. It also calls on countries to adopt measures to enhance their ability to counter terrorist activities nationally, regionally and globally.
CTED was created as a special political mission in 2004 to assist the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee in monitoring 1373’s implementation.
Following his talks with the G8 group, Mr. Smith will hold bilateral discussions with Japanese officials.
Earlier this week, he visited Beijing where he met with Chinese authorities, and will travel to Moscow following the Tokyo meeting for consultation with Russian officials.
News Tracker: past stories on this issue
Ending conflicts must remain priority for UN and African Union – Ban Ki-moonhttp://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=26348&Cr=africa&Cr1=conflict
The widow of a British Muslim teacher killed in Somalia has said radical Muslims finished him off because he had converted to Christianit http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=348966
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
NEW YORK, United States Somalia's president says an upcoming round of peace talks with the country's armed opposition will not include any discussion on the presence of Ethiopian troops in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation.
President Abdullahi Yusuf, who arrived in New York for a UN Security Council session, told the BBC Somali Service on Wednesday that "terrorists" forced the Ethiopian army to come to Somalia in the first place. DIG MORE..http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Ethiopian_army_issue_not_included_in_peace_negotiations_Somalia_President.shtml
The family of a former Birmingham City Council employee killed when Islamist militants raided a school in central Somalia have paid tribute to him.
"They raided the house in the middle of the night and murdered all four people there - this group called Al Etihad have been running around and treat it like a government system has been forced on them. DIG MORE..http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2008/04/15/tributes-to-former-birmingham-man-killed-in-somalia-65233-20766694/
The NEFA Foundation has obtained and translated a new communiqué released on April 5, 2008 by the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement in Somalia. The statement welcomed the recognition of Shabaab as an international terrorist organization by the U.S. government: "As we are a part of the Salafi-Jihadi Islamic trend which opposes the dominance of the crusaders and the aggression led by America, we do not find it unlikely that America would add us to the names of these other honorable men, for whom we are honored to join, at the bottom of their list.
The Shabaab also announced the beginning of a new military campaign inside Somalia under the slogan "Our Terrorism is Praiseworthy": "We swear to Allah that... we will only repeat what our late Shaykh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi once said: ‘we will not compromise on our religion, we will not change the way of jihad, and will not be satisfied with compromises. Between us and the infidels, there is only the sword of Islam.'" On February 29, 2008, the U.S. State Department designated Shabaab al-Mujahideen (a.k.a. the Mujahideen Youth Movement) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. According to the U.S. State Department, the Shabaab movement includes “a number of individuals affiliated with al-Qaida. Many of its senior leaders are believed to have trained and fought with al-Qaida in Afghanistan.”
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
MOGADISHU, Somalia Apr 15 (Garowe Online) - Somalia’s transitional federal government says it is in the process of printing new Somali Shillings to replace the old Shilling, according to the country’s head of the Central Bank.dig more http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Somalia_s_govt_to_introduce_new_currency_Central_Bank_chief.shtml
Somalia’s western-backed transitional government on Tuesday appealed for the United Nations to dispatch a multinational force to establish peace and security in the lawless east African state while its factions pursued reconciliation after more than a decade of war. Ali Ahmed Jama, foreign minister, made the call in New York on the eve of a summit called by South Africa, current UN Security Council president, to discuss greater co-operation between the world body and the African Union. dig more http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0df70a26-0b40-11dd-8ccf-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1
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The NEFA Foundation has obtained video footage of the "martyrdom will" of "Abu Ayyub al-Muhajir"--an English-speaking Somali national living in Europe, who recently returned to his homeland and executed a suicide car bombing in the city of Mogadishu on behalf of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement (a.k.a. the Mujahideen Youth Movement). On February 29, 2008, the U.S. State Department designated Shabaab al-Mujahideen (a.k.a. the Mujahideen Youth Movement (MYM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. According to the U.S. State Department, the Shabaab movement includes “a number of individuals affiliated with al-Qaida. Many of its senior leaders are believed to have trained and fought with al-Qaida in Afghanistan
Monday, April 14, 2008
Four people died and at least 10 were injured after attackers hurled a grenade on a cinema theatre in the Somali port town of Merka, police and witnesses said Monday.
“A hand grenade was hurled on a movie theatre inside the town, killing four people. More than ten others were wounded,” Merka police commissioner Hussein Gagale told AFP.
“We were watching an Indian movie when a huge explosion rocked the place. People started screaming, I saw at least three dead and I was very lucky to escape,” said Salah Ahmed Abdallah, a witness.
“I heard that another person died of his injuries later in hospital.”
Merka is a key Somali port, located about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the capital Mogadishu.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the late Sunday attack but some local residents said Islamist insurgents had issued warnings that the cinema should be closed down.
“I was told that the Islamic insurgents gave a phone call warning the owner to close the cinema a week ago, but I’m not sure if they are behind the grenade attack,” said Husein Bulaale, who owns a grocery near the targeted cinema hall.
Islamist insurgents have carried out a string of attacks recently across the Horn of Africa country.
The Islamic Courts Union took over Mogadishu and large swathes of the country from US-backed warlords in 2006, briefly imposing a strict form of Sharia law, banning music and cinemas.
They were ousted last year by Ethiopian-backed Somali government troops but its remnants have since waged a deadly guerrilla war.
JOWHAR, Somalia, April 14 (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents killed two Britons and two Kenyans in an overnight raid on a school in central Somalia, residents said on Monday. Heavily armed militants from the al Shabaab group also attacked the homes of government officials in Baladwayne, a small town near the Ethiopian border. "We are terrified because people who were involved in educating us were killed," said one local man, Nur Muse. dig more ... http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L14486937.htm
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Before leaving, President Yusuf told reporters at the Villa Somalia presidential compound that he will attend a United Nations session in
"I will give an address at the UN meeting to update member states about the situation in
He stated that the UN has "ignored" the plight of the Somali people, citing a drought the country is currently undergoing.
The Somali leader urged the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to
An ongoing 15-month Islamist rebellion has killed thousands of people and displaced most of
Friday, April 11, 2008
MOGADISHU -- Three people were killed Friday during an operation against pirates by French armed forces in Somalia shortly after hostages on a luxury boat were freed, local officials told Agence France-Presse. dig more http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view_article.php?article_id=129943
JOWHAR, Somalia Apr 11 - Ethiopian armed forced deployed in southern and central Somalia have expanded into new regions after a series of towns fell under the control of the country’s Islamist rebels. dig more. http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Somalia_As_Ethiopian_troops_expand_into_new_regions_Islamists_retake_town.shtml
PARIS — French officials on Friday said six pirates have been captured in connection with a Somali hijacking.
The French president's office says the pirates are now being held on a French Navy vessel. The president's office made the announcement Friday. dig more http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,350130,00.html
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Ethiopia's prime minister discusses how the U.S. helped his country oust the Islamists from Mogadishu.
By Jason McLure | Newsweek Web Exclusive
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is easily Washington's most important African ally in its war on terrorism. In 2006, the United States quietly helped Zenawi's forces invade neighboring Somalia after a U.S.-financed coalition of warlords lost the capital of Mogadishu
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
MOGADISHU (AFP) - A suicide car bomber smashed into an in Mogadishu on Tuesday, killing one civilian and wounding at least nine people, military sources said. dig more... http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080408/wl_africa_afp/somaliaunrestafricanunion
Monday, April 7, 2008
Mohamed Hassan Haad, chairman of the Hawiye Tradition and Unity Council, dig morehttp://allafrica.com/stories/200804070053.html
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The US on Tuesday warned groups who were making it difficult to deploy African peace keepers in Somalia.
Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer who was attending an International Contact Group meeting in Cairo said "spoilers" should refrain from making the situation in Somalia unstable.
She added that the reconciliation process which is to begin soon should not exclude the defeated Islamist groups. http://allafrica.com/stories/200704080026.html
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
PRESS RELEASE 008/2008 Nairobi, 2 April 2008 - The UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has expressed satisfaction with the visit by the top leadership of the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) saying they had shown a determination to work together and to look to the future..... dig more. http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/EGUA-7DARAZ?OpenDocument
By JOSH MEYER, LOS ANGELES TIMES |
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon yesterday charged a Guantanamo detainee with capital murder and terrorism for his alleged role in the 1998 bombing of the American Embassy in Tanzania and his suspected ties to Al Qaeda.
- The Defense Department’s chief military commissions prosecutor filed nine charges against Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and is seeking the death penalty if the Tanzanian is convicted of playing a central role in planning and preparing the truck bomb attack that killed 11 people and injured dozens more. A nearly simultaneous bombing of the American embassy in neighboring Nairobi, Kenya, also blamed on Al Qaeda, killed 213 others August 7, 1998.
The Pentagon’s action yesterday drew sharp criticism from civil-rights advocates and some federal law enforcement officials who questioned why the government was seeking to try Ghailani before a war-crimes tribunal when he was indicted for the embassy bombings along with 10 others nearly a decade ago by a federal grand jury in New York. Four of those men were tried and convicted in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison without parole. The others, including Ghailani, had not been captured at the time.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
A Briton was among two people kidnapped by gunmen after their car was ambushed in southern Somalia today. The worker and a Kenyan colleague, who have not yet been identified, were doing map work on behalf of the United Nations when they were overrun by an armed gang this morning. dig more http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3659274.ece