Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Mogadishu, -Combination of Ethiopian and Somali soldiers extended themselves at KM13 in the fringes of the Somali capital Mogadishu dawn this morning. These soldiers were in infantry form and marching in along procession, and they are believed to be from the bushy direction of Darkenly district towards KM13 location. So far there are no reports coming from the area regarding about whether arrests of civilians have taken place.
The movements of all the vehicles and people in the area subsided for hours, but later resumed.
As usual the youngsters in the KM13 area fled from their house fearing that the Ethiopian soldiers may arrest them aimlessly or torture them, because such cases had earlier happened.
The soldiers started their walk from Darkenley district where heavy confrontation occurred yesterday, and are said soldier to be trucking down what they said to be the forces that carried the attack on Darkenly police station. It is not the first time Ethiopian soldiers and Somali soldiers to carryout joint operation. also
The situation of Baladweyn town is now reported to be cool, and the business activities are running smooth after the operations of carried by the Ethiopian troops overnight.
In the recent day the Ethiopian troops have started caring out operations inside the town, and this has alleviated the business activities in the town. Baladweyn town has several times fallen in the hands the Islamic Courts Union and last time they have chased the entire Baladweyn administration including the region commissioner Yussuf Ahmed Hagar Dabaged.
Mr. Adan Mohammed Yussuf the police commander of Wadajir district addressed the resident of Wadajir district in an open area, and told them in black and white that they have gone into talks with their number foes. “Some of the points we discussed include not attacking the district administration premises within the area”, said the area police commander. Likewise the Wadajir police commander added that the Islamic Courts Union in the area does not contravene their administration, and the government soldiers do not also go into worshipping points to arrest worshippers. “For instance you have seen our neighbors Darkanley there are always frequent attacks carried by the Islamic Courts Union on the bases of government soldiers in the district, and in the attacks many innocent civilians are killed and some even flee from their houses” added the police commander of Wadajir District. These remarks from Wadajir police commander coincides with time when there are organized killings and chain attacks on government soldiers’ bases in Darkenley. It was yesterday evening when deadly raid carried by the I.C.U forces occurred at Darkenly district particularly at the police station where five government policemen were killed, and scores of prisoners were released.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
"We will keep on fighting until we liberate our country from the Ethiopian invaders," said Haji Abukar, a spokesman for the Islamic Guerrillas, after claiming responsibility for Tuesday's bombing in Nagele, 560 kilometers (347 miles) south of the capital, Addis Ababa. "Our fighters will continue their holy war against the enemy of Somalia and we will target them everywhere." more..http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24874654/
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I last wrote to you all before the first Somali talks in Djibouti which took place from May 10 – 16 2008. In view of your tremendous contribution to Somalia’s economy and support and involvement in Somalia, I felt it was my duty to continue to keep you updated on current progress.
I was extremely pleased by the widespread, positive reaction from the Diaspora to the first phase of the Djibouti talks which demonstrated your commitment to peace, security and stability. more..http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/SHIG-7F3JAC?OpenDocument
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
That oversight is forgivable, considering that Abukar Arman, one of my Hilliard, Ohio neighbors, regularly operates among the political elite of the state of Ohio, though as I discovered in my extensive investigation, Abukar Arman’s powerful friends will go to great lengths to promote and protect their Somali terror apologist friend. Arman’s position overseeing Central Ohio’s homeland security (discussed further below) is an example of how his politically powerful friends have worked hard to position him at the top of the governmental and educational hierarchy in the area.
Abukar Arman is one of the most prominent public defenders of the al-Qaeda-backed ICU terrorist organization in the West, having published numerous articles in print and online defending the group prior to their violent takeover of Somalia last summer, during their campaign to impose shari’a on the Somali population during brief time in power, and following the ICU’s expulsion late last year by Ethiopian troops to restore the UN-backed Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and to defuse the threats made by the ICU to conduct terror operations inside Ethiopia.
Back this past December, Arman called the ICU takeover of Somali “the best thing that happened to Somalia in the past 16 years”:
And internally, ICU, with its various shortcomings, is the best thing that happened to Somalia in the past 16 years. And due to a severe shortage of technocrats and civil servants, the courts suffer from lack of capacity in areas of diplomacy and overall governance; as such, they ought to be supported...(“Iraqization of Somalia Could Widen the Divide between West and the Islamic World,” California Chronicle, December 11, 2006)
Three days after Arman made this announcement, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer described al-Qaeda’s operational control over the ICU:
The Council of Islamic Courts is now controlled by al-Qaida cell individuals, east Africa al-Qaida cell individuals. The top layers of the courts are extremist to the core. They are terrorists and they are in control. They are creating this logic of war, and that’s a problem. (David Gollust, “US Says al-Qaida Elements Running Somali Islamic Movement,” Voice of America, December 14, 2006
The ICU, headed by Hassan Dahir Aweys, who is listed by the US government as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, has partnered with al-Qaeda to set up terrorist training camps to wage jihad all over Africa. According to a Reuters report, as many as 4,000 foreign jihadists had been trained and were fighting as part of the ICU’s front against the TFG. The ICU has also given shelter to three al-Qaeda terrorists directly responsible for the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. (For more info on the ICU’s background, see Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Bill Roggio’s article, “A New Terrorist Haven”.)
Lest I be accused of falsely imputing to him a position of support for the ICU, despite all of this prior evidence, I would note that Arman published an article in July 2006, at the very time that the ICU’s armed takeover of the country and imposition of Taliban-like shari’a was occurring, entitled, “Somalia: Why the International Contact Group Should Support the Islamic Courts Union”, describing the al-Qaeda-backed ICU takeover of Somalia as a “spontaneously formed popular uprising”. And as recently as last month, Arman was continuing his public apology for the ICU (“Ungovernable Somalia and the Imminent Collision of External Interests”), and advocating for “dialogue” with the terrorist group, which is still conducts assassinations and suicide bombings against Somali civilian targets despite being pushed out of power.
Abukar Arman doesn’t reserve his support for Islamic terrorism just to the ICU, however. In an article for the International Herald Tribune (owned by the New York Times), he railed against prominent secular Muslims and former Muslims, calling them “Islam bashers”. But when he gave examples of who he believed were representative of “moderate Muslims”, he identified:
…widely respected moderate Muslim scholars like Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who made a career campaigning against extremism and radical literalism. (“Who is the ‘moderate’ Muslim”, International Herald Tribune [November 11, 2005])
Of course, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who was listed by the US government as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist even before 9/11, is no moderate nor has he ever campaigned against extremism. The spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Qaradawi was one of the first clerics to authorize the use of suicide bombings against civilians in Israel, which was responsible for unleashing an unparalleled torrent of violence, terror and death.
Qaradawi also said in 2004 that resistance against US troops in Iraq was the duty of every Muslim and he issued a fatwa in October of that year authorizing the abduction and killing of American civilian contractors in Iraq. (Moderation, you say, Mr. Arman?) These are just a few of the reasons why the Anti-Defamation League issued a report in August 2005 on the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood cleric, appropriately entitled, “Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi: Theologian of Terror”.
In his public writings, Abukar Arman has also adopted the extremist language of grievances that is regularly used to justify terrorism against Westerners and non-Muslims all over the Middle East. In an article earlier this year, he takes it upon himself to weigh the grievances resulting from “Islamophobia” and anti-Americanism, and predictably concludes that the victims of “Islamophobia” are the winners of the grievance game:
Analysts both in the Muslim and the Western world by and large agree that “fear” and lack of objective dialogue are the root cause of Islamophobia and anti-Americanism. And while the debate on which one of the two ignited the other is still ongoing, one fact remains irrefutable: more people were victimized as a result of Islamophobia than the other way around. (“Overblown Threat and Islamophobia”, Online Journal [January 26, 2007])
Again, this is the moral equivalency used by al-Qaeda and every other anti-Western terrorist organization to justify their terrorist activities. Not to dismiss the injuries and wrongs suffered by anyone as the result of Islamophobia (whatever definition one wants to give it), but Mr. Arman should recall that on 9/11, 3,000 innocent civilians were murdered in a single day by Islamic terrorists for the sole reason that they were Americans, and the vast majority of deaths currently in Iraq and Afghanistan are not at the hands of Coalition Forces, but the very Islamic terrorists driven by the ideology that he has taken to defend.
It is for these extremist views held by Abukar Arman and his vigorous public defense of terrorists and terrorist organizations that makes his appointment to the Franklin County Criminal Justice Planning Board in March 2005, which is responsible for overseeing homeland security for Central Ohio, particularly troubling in several respects (he has since been reappointed to the board for another term).
First, for an organization that is responsible “for the development and evaluation of projects and programs operating in accordance with the Franklin County Comprehensive Strategic Justice Plan and the Homeland Security Strategy” (a confidential document), Mr. Arman’s extremist views and praise for some of the very groups that directly threaten our homeland security make him an obvious security risk. What exactly were the Franklin County Commissioners thinking when they made the original appointment and later re-appointment?
Secondly, sitting on the board with Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, city council members, a county commissioner, several county and city judges, the county prosecutor, the city attorney, officials from multiple local law enforcement agencies, Arman is the sole representative for the Columbus Public Schools. According to the school district, he is a full-time employee as an adult education instructor (making a hefty $32.73/hour). Exactly how is it that out of the tens of thousands of Columbus Public School employees that Abukar Arman was chosen to be the sole representative for the largest school district in the state of Ohio to give input on and oversee the Homeland Security situation in Central Ohio? And who on the school board or in the district administration made the call for Arman to sit on the Planning Board on behalf of the Columbus Public Schools?
This, of course, is certainly where Abukar Arman’s politically powerful friends have surely come into play. Arman is a friend and business partner to Ahmad Al-Akhras, one of Mayor Coleman’s closest advisors, who sits on a number of government commissions and boards (see my recent article, “Hometown Jihad: Getting By with a Little Help From His (terrorist) Friends”), and also serves as the national vice-chairman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which was recently identified by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the current HAMAS terror finance trail in Texas (see, “CAIR Fingered by Feds”). It was undoubtedly Al-Akhras that was responsible for recommending Arman as a prospective member of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) Citizen Advisory Committee. Al-Akhras is a full-time employee of MORPC.
And it very well may have been his Somali friend, business partner and fellow CAIR-OH board member, Abdinur Mohamud, a high-ranking official of the Ohio Department of Education, that assured Abukar Arman’s appointment to the Ohio State Board of Education’s Foreign Language Advisory Board at their March 13, 2007 meeting, in addition to his position with the Ohio State University Office of International Relations Educational Advisory Committee. Mohamud is a consultant to the Ohio Department of Education’s Lau Resource Center and listed as the Ohio Title III State Director by the US Department of Education.
The same questions apply here to Abukar Arman’s appointments to these important educational board and committee as they did to his oversight of Central Ohio homeland security: who exactly was responsible for recommending Arman for these positions; and exactly where did the professional review and background check process break down in his case?
Another of Arman’s friends, Salah Sultan, the international Muslim Brotherhood operative, Qaradawi protégé, and HAMAS apologist and fundraiser that I have repeatedly profiled here at FrontPage (most recently, “Hometown Jihad: The HAMAS Connection”; in fact, Arman published a defense of Sultan, “The Trilogy that Muffles the Moderate Muslims”, following my initial “Hometown Jihad” article, likening me to Joseph Goebbels and denouncing the “Goebbelian excercise [sic] of freedom of speech”), told an audience at the April 2004 Muslim American Society-New York conference:
Da'wah [conversion] work can never succeed unless Muslims embed themselves within the very marrow of American society.
The Central Ohio extremist triumvirate of Ahmad Al-Akhras, Abukar Arman, and Abdinur Mohamud are proving Salah Sultan’s point by having infiltrated the upper echelons of political and civic institutions in Central Ohio and beyond. Protected by powerful political patrons in our city and state (extending all the way to Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s offices), they continue to rise further and penetrate deeper into the marrow of our civil society seemingly without the slightest impediment, fulfilling Salah Sultan’s vision.
Will anyone of our local or state leaders finally give a moment of pause to look at the rapidly mounting evidence for the Hometown Jihad that is presently escalating here in the heart of Ohio? At this point, we are left with little more than hope. more.. Abukar Arman
Terrorist Sympathizer Tossed from Homeland Security Panel http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=CE101860-0E32-4CEB-92DB-BE35DBBF7C00
Terror apologist Abukar Arman appointed head of CAIR-Columbus
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Two of the books under review are so illuminating about this twilight period in the 1990s that I even wonder if September 11 could have been averted if they had been published a decade earlier. One is Omar Nasiri's Inside the Jihad, a first-person account by a Moroccan-born spy who infiltrated Islamist groups on behalf of European intelligence organizations in the 1990s; the other is Brynjar Lia's Architect of Global Jihad, a Norwegian scholar's account of a top al-Qaeda strategist named Abu Mus'ab al-Suri, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2005 and handed over to the US. He is now one of the "rendered" or disappeared prisoners. Both books are about men who were trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan in the early 1990s—when bin Laden was not even there—and who then traveled across Europe to mobilize Muslims for the emerging global jihad. The Afghan camps were providing military and technical training, ideological education, and new global networks well before al-Qaeda arrived on the scene.
Yet the young men who trained in these camps were not educated in the Islamic schools called madrasas and they were inspired less by extremist Islamic ideology than by their desires to see the world, handle weapons, and have a youthful adventure. It was a boy's world of reality games. "I realized that I had dreamed of this moment for years," writes Nasiri—a nom de plume.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs
The deputy US assistant secretary of state for Africa, James Swan , stated this at a conference held in Ottawa on the situation in Somalia.
Mr. Swan said that the US government fully supported the peace talks between the Somali government and opposition groups in Dijbouti, adding that it was crucial to isolate the extremists fighting in Somalia. But the US official did not indicate whether he meant Al-Shabab or not He further stated that his government was closely working with the Transitional Federal government of Somalia on the issues of deploying peace keepers who would restore peace and order and would also support it in the forthcoming reconciliation process in the country.
He also commented on the peace talks between the government and the opposition groups, saying that the opposition should accept talks before the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops.
Friday, May 23, 2008
"I saw four dead soldiers being pulled out of the much damaged truck," Isse Harun, a kiosk owner near the scene of the blast told Xinhua. "A number of passers-by were also wounded in the explosion.
Spokesman for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) declined to comment on the casualties but confirmed that a blast occurred targeting the peacekeepers, saying he will brief the media on the "incident" soon.
Nearly 2,600 African Union peacekeepers are currently deployed in Mogadishu. The troops, from Uganda and Burundi, are part of a planned UN authorized 8,000-strong African Union peacekeepers. Other African countries that pledged to contribute did not send their contingents due to logistical and security concerns.
No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack but Islamist insurgents have vowed to attack any foreign troops in Somalia who they accused of assisting Ethiopian troops and Somali government forces.
A number of Ugandan peacekeepers were killed in similar attacks blamed on Islamists last year.
Meanwhile, Islamist fighters clashed with Somali government forces and Ethiopian troops as they tried to carry out searches for weapons and suspected fighters near the main Bakara market in the south of the capital.
A number of shells landed on empty houses inside the market which Somali government officials say is an insurgent hideout.
Residents around the market say that the shells were fired in retaliation by Ethiopian troops in the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu after shells fired by insurgents landed inside the Palace, a claim rejected by the presidential spokesman.
Editor: Gao Ying
Earlier this week, Kismayo's ruling clan militia leaders met secretly with guerrilla commanders loyal to the Islamic Courts and al Shabaab, splinter groups within Somalia's fractured Islamist movement. dig more.. http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Somalia_Islamist_rebels_in_secret_deal_with_Kismayo_port_militia.shtml
These two raids occurred at the former pasta plant and the former prison warders barrack.
It was confirmed that both the warring sides exchanged different kinds of weaponries.
The fight at the former Prison warders barrack commenced shortly after dusk prayers and some eyewitnesses in the neighborhoods verified that these Ethiopian forces stationed in the barrack were attacked from three different directions.
The attackers were armed with different sorts of armaments an Islamist group in Somalia called Al-Shabab claimed for been behind the raid.
The actual damages between the two warring sides was not immediately confirmed thought it was night time morning hours reports say that scores of the Ethiopian troops were killed in the attack.
A stray rocket fired by the Ethiopian soldiers landed at a house in the African village area and killed an elderly man and wounded a young girl.
On the other hand a dreadful combat also occurred at the former Past factory in the northern direction in the capital Mogadishu.
In the battle at the former Pasta factory six Ethiopian soldiers were confirmed killed and handful of others were wounded as per to the daybreak reports.
So far there are no comments from the government side regarding about the combats of last night at the former Pasta factory and the former prison waders barrack which are both now the bases for the Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu.
South African Ambassador to the United Nations Dumisani Kumalo, chairman of the U.N. Security Council's Somalia sanctions committee, also reported to the 15-nation body that corruption in the lawless Horn of Africa country was rampant dig more..http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/MUMA-7EW5BZ?OpenDocument
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Somali Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to AU, Said Yousuf Noor, told WIC that the government of Eritrean has been fueling the problem amid the efforts of TFG to restore peace and order in that country.
Said Yousuf Noor
Apart from training and arming the terrorist group, Al-Shabab, the regime had been attempting to hamper the peace efforts by urging oppositions of TFG not to take part at the recent conference held in Djibouti, the ambassador indicated.
The government of Eritrea has banned opposition groups from getting out of Eritrea; he said adding that it also attempted to make the conference lose its target by disseminating wrong information that the peace conference is organized by the UN to dismantle opposition groups.
The conference was concluded after setting up technical groups that set agenda for the next meeting to be held by the end of the month, Yousuf Noor indicated.
The ambassador further noted reliable peace and order has reportedly been restored in Somalia following the military measures taken on Al-Shabab by the Ethiopian defense force in collaboration with TFG troops.
Residents of Somalia in 16 districts have also been working jointly to keep the security of their surroundings so as to sustain the prevailing peace and order in that country, the ambassador concluded
In a move supported by the United States but providing a target for militants, Meles sent thousands of troops into Somalia in late 2006 to help the nation's struggling government topple an Islamist movement that had captured most of the south. dig more...http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnBAN143224.html
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
somalian terrorist leader al shabaab leader Hassan Dahir Aways call Terrorist Sharif Sheikh Ahmed "dictatorship
He said Aways, who chairs the executive board of the alliance that Director General of the Islamic courts and Central Committee member of the alliance, terrorist Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said "dictatorship acting without consulting the central committee members of the alliance, which has the right to approve the fateful decisions."
He also called Sharif Sheikh Oweys that things return to the Central Committee, which is a parliament for the alliance to agree on a strategy of dialogue with the international community and the Somali government so that after the executive committee to start negotiations without doubts.
The sheikh Oweys revealed in statements to Radio "Voice of America" two days before the existence of secret paper signed by Sheikh Sharif and the United Nations representative for the Somali Ahmedou Ould Abdallah recognizes the possibility of holding direct meeting between the government and the coalition before the departure of Ethiopian troops.
State of tension in the BAM when a shell landed him two months ago (Jazeera Net)
For his part, welcomed the official spokesman for the Hawiye tribes terrorist Ahmed Diriye negotiations.
He said, in an interview with Jazeera Net, that whoever refuses to these negotiations wants to continue the tragedy of Somalia. He described the negotiations as part of the "strategy to get the proper mentality of Ethiopian troops from Somalia."
. And the necessary military commanders in the Islamic courts and the Youth Movement of silence toward the new changes in the Somali political environment. . He disclosed leaders rejected the deployment of names of the island revealed that negotiations and the varying views of senior political leaders of the alliance will not negatively affect their armed operations. . The Mujahideen Youth Movement rejects this conference, whether or not succeeded.ccording to reports in past weeks that the coalition split the two groups and one led by terrorist Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed sees the need to negotiate with the international community to convince him the need for the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia, and another led by terrorist Sheikh Oweys believes that the solution comes through the defeat of Ethiopian troops
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
At first, the Burundian Defense Minister condemned an April suicide car bomb attack at the Mogadishu headquarters of Burundi's African Union peacekeeping contingent. dig more. http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Somalia_27/Somalia_Burundi_defense_chiefs_visits_Mogadishu.shtml
In a resolution adopted unanimously, Council members deplored the deteriorating humanitarian situation inside Somalia – which has not had a functioning national government since 1991 – and called on Mr. Ban and the international community to therefore intensify their efforts to promote political .. dig more..http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=26684&Cr=somali&Cr1=
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
When Ibrahim Saeed Abdullah saw a neighbour’s cinema burnt down by a barrage of grenades, he realised that he had no choice but to heed the death threats he had received from the big men with guns in their hands and hatred in their hearts. Last week he closed the doors of his own cinema for the last time. dig more. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3908867.ece
Among the foreign AQ operatives believed to have enjoyed protection by the former CIC and al-Shabaab leadership were individuals wanted for the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and a 2002 hotel bombing in Kenya, including Fazul Abdallah Mohammed (aka Harun Fazul), and Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan. At the end of the year, Ethiopian and TFG forces remained nominally in control of Mogadishu and southern and central Somalia, though institutions of government remained weak and ineffective. Regional efforts to bring about national reconciliation and establish peace and stability in Somalia are ongoing. The capability of the TFG and other Somali local and regional authorities to carry out counterterrorism activities was limited. · Full report go to http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2007/103705.htm
In its statement sent to ENA, the ministry said on Monday the Report of the US Department of State released on 30 April 2008 under the title “Africa: Country Report on Terrorism-Africa-Chapter” lauds Ethiopia’s contribution in the global counterterrorism efforts .. dig more http://www.ena.gov.et/EnglishNews/2008/May/12May08/57605.htm
The Al-Shabab Wahabi terrorists, other extremist verities and their apologists in Somalia and in Mogadishu in particular, display, unashamedly, their vision for Somalia and the Somali people through daily sheer terror; to them, damned who perishes, whether a child, a pregnant woman or an elderly, in their daily rations of aimless violence. They materialize their ideas clearly and thoroughly through bomb blasts, gunfire and assassinations. They excel in the cowardly art of sewing discord, death and destruction by launching attacks in the midst of innocents, who are caughtâ€”often killed, maimed or forced to flee from homes and neighborhoodsâ€”in the well designed and deliberately setup, by them terrorists, crossfire inferno, as the TFG and their allies must respond! dig more.. http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/Opinion_20/Crush_the_Extremists_in_Mogadishu_printer.shtml
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Muslims are self-secure enough to face hard truths about Islam, asserts Toronto's Tarek Fatah.
He had better hope so. Many other authors inviting Muslims to critically examine their religion have had to fear for their lives.
Irshad Manji, formerly of Toronto, now of New York, and author of The Trouble with Islam, travels with a bodyguard. Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Dutch author of Infidel, travels with two.
Robert Spencer, American author of such works as The Truth about Muhammad, writes that he "lives in a secure, undisclosed location."
Fatah, too, has received death threats over the years, to the point where he resigned two years ago as communications director for the Muslim Canadian Congress in an effort to lower his profile.
This book will raise it again and he would be wise to look out for himself. Yet throughout Chasing a Mirage, Fatah comes across as somebody who genuinely believes that ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, Muslims truly are mature enough to face even the harshest truths he is prepared to tell. dig more ..http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Books/article/420875
His Excellency President of the Somali Transitional Federal Government.
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed
with French President Nicolas Sarkozy
|Terror Free Somalia Foundation Salute You Your endeavour in bringing back our lost country. We are also thankful to international community we appreciated your hard work on war on terror in horn of africa . specialy Western ally . we are fully supportive of you. pro-peace Somalis . We thank you!|
Sunday, May 4, 2008
This is the first part of a Somali Documentary done by the great Prof. Hussein Tanzania and it tackles the Somali -Ethio conflict and it starts from the early days and how the political game was played.Some of the people interviewed in this film are Abdulmajid Hussein, I M Lewis, Siilaanyo, Dhigicdhigic and some of the ogaden refugees who fled from their land after the Russians killed their families.
Bartamaha obtained this documentary from the family of Hussein Tanzania and we are gratefull to their contribution
This is the second part of a Somali Documentary done by the great Prof. Hussein Tanzania and it tackles the Somali -Ethio conflict and it starts from the early days and how the political game was played.Some of the people interviewed in this film are Abdulmajid Hussein, I M Lewis, Siilaanyo, Dhigicdhigic and some of the ogaden refugees who fled from their land after the Russians killed their families.Bartamaha obtained this documentary from the family of Hussein Tanzania and we are gratefull to their contribution also thanks to Abdisalam Aato for doing all the digitizing.
also thanks to Abdisalam Aato for doing all the digitizing.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
US Special Forces have struck yet again inside Somalia. The latest airstrike in central Somalia killed senior Shabab and al Qaeda leader Aden Hashi Ayro and seven others. The attack comes as the Islamic Courts steps up its attacks on Somali and Ethiopian forces and has overrun villages and districts in central and western Somalia.
The airstrike has been confirmed by Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, the spokesman for Shabab, the youth wing of the radical Islamic Courts Union. "A US warplane bombed us in Dhusamareb district and there were casualties," Robow said in a statement. "This was an unprovoked attack." Press reports indicate at least eight people were killed in the strike.
Robow confirmed that Aden Hashi Ayro and Sheikh Muhyadin Omar, two senior leaders in the Islamic Courts, were among those killed. Ayro was the leader of Shabab and served as an operational commander during the rule of the Islamic Courts. He trained under Hassan Dahir Aweys, the leader of the Islamic Courts who is also a senior al Qaeda leader. Ayro was sent to train in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan prior to 2001.
Ayro is believed to be behind the deadly string of roadside bombings and suicide attacks against government and Ethiopian forces. In a propaganda audiotape released by Shabab in November 2007, Ayro called for "attacks on African Union troops and expressed his wishes of someday beheading women and children in Addis Ababa."
The Islamic Courts and its affiliate Shabab have stepped up its attacks in Somalia the past several months. Islamic Courts and Shabab fighters attack Somali and Ethiopian forces on a daily basis. The Islamic Courts and Shabab are reported to have taken over districts in the Middle Shabelle, Bay, and Middle Juba regions. More than 100 Somalis are reported as killed during heavy fighting in Mogadishu from April 19-22. The Somali government accused Shabab of executing 20 worshippers in a mosque to trigger the fighting, while Shabab has blamed the Ethiopian military.
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Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, the spokesman for al Qaeda-linked Shabab, the youth movement of Somalia's Islamic Courts Union.
Recent strikes targeting the Islamic Courts and Shabab
Today's successful strike is the fifth known US-led airstrike against al Qaeda operatives in Somalia since the Ethiopian operation to drive the Islamic Courts from power was launched in late December 2006. The Ethiopians also launched airstrikes against Islamic Courts fighters who were fleeing into Kenya in early January 2007. The US targeted Hassan Dahir Aweys and Aden Hashi Ayro during this time period.
The US targeted al Qaeda commanders Fazul Abdullah Mohammad, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, and Abu Tala al Sudani during the early 2007 strikes. Fazul was again targeted in June 2007.
Fazul is al Qaeda's operations chief responsible for planning the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as the 2002 car bombing attack in Kenya and missile attack on an Israeli airliner. Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan is also wanted for questioning in connection with the 2002 attacks Kenya. Abu Taha al Sudani (or Tariq Abdullah) is al Qaeda's leader in East Africa.The last airstrike occurred on March 3, 2007, when US struck an al Qaeda safe house in the town of Dobley in southern Somalia, just four miles from the Kenyan border. The US targeted Hassan Turki, who had taken control of the Dobley region in late February. Turki, who was a senior leader in the Islamic Courts and its predecessor, al Itihaad al Islamiyah, is believed to be running a military training camp on the Kenyan-Somali border. Turki is believed to have survived the attack.
An American air strike deep inside Somalia has killed the suspected leader of al-Qa’eda in the country, witnesses and The Pentagon said. Aden Hashi Ayro, head of the al Shabaab insurgent movement, died when his home town of Dusamareb was bombed in an overnight raid by up to four US warplanes.
At least another 30 people were killed in the strike, at 2am local time. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1917703/Al-Qa
The killing of Aden Hashi Ayro dig more... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24397592/