Friday, January 7, 2011

Horn of Africa could become new launch pad for global terrorism, Ban warns

7 January 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the international community to provide urgent military and other support to Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to stop “foreign fighters and other spoilers” turning the region into the next stronghold of international terrorism.“Security remains the single most critical challenge confronting the transitional federal institutions,” he writes in his latest report to the Security Council on a country torn apart by 20 years of factional fighting. The TFG in Mogadishu, the capital, has been under attack from Al-Shabaab and other Islamist militants controlling the south and hundreds of thousands of civilians have been driven from their homes by the conflict.
“The presence of foreign extremist fighters in Somalia is a constant reminder of the high risk that the Horn of Africa is rapidly becoming the next front in global efforts against international terrorism,” he adds, calling for urgent military, financial, logistical and other support to the TFG and regional organizations that are aiding it, including the African Union (AU), which has deployed a UN-backed peacekeeping force in Somalia, known as AMISOM.Last month, the Council approved a 50 per cent increase in AMISOM to 12,000 troops, a move welcomed by Mr. Ban in the report. “I urge that consideration be given to the upgrade of the support package to AMISOM to match the standards of the support provided to United Nations peacekeeping operations,” he adds.He notes that the AU has endorsed a new AMISOM strength of 20,000 troops, with requisite air and maritime capabilities, in two phases: initially, 4,000 more troops in Mogadishu, and then a deployment of an additional 8,000 troops to expand gradually to other areas of Somalia, in particular those areas controlled by groups allied to the TFG.He also acknowledges the AU call to the Security Council to reaffirm its commitment to deploy a UN peacekeeping force, by transforming AMISOM into one of the peacekeeping operations run by the world body, with a fixed timeline for this.But he says the situation is not yet ripe for setting timelines and the UN, the AU and other key partners contributing to the restoration of peace and stability in Somalia should jointly conduct regular assessments on the ground and progress towards attainment of security and other benchmarks “for an incremental approach” to the possible transition from AMISOM to a UN peacekeeping operation.Because of the security situation the UN does not maintain a full international presence in Somalia, and its UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) is based in Nairobi, capital of neighbouring Kenya.
But Mr. Ban notes that the UN continues to expand its footprint in Mogadishu, with 61 missions conducted recently by international staff from the UN Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA), UNPOS, the UN Mine Action Service, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).On the political situation in Somalia, which has not had a functioning central government since Muhammad Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991, Mr. Ban notes differences within the TFG, welcomes the appointment of a new prime minister and cabinet, and urges them to step up efforts to convince opposition groups to lay down arms and work for peace as has happened with the inclusion of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a Islamists in the peace process and cabinet. Turning to the humanitarian situation, he cites “a marked but fragile improvement” due to two good rainy seasons with exceptionally high harvests, but this is threatened by dry weather and an upsurge in conflict which started concurrently in August and continued to intensify until the end of the year.According to a UN assessment, nearly 2 million Somalis need aid, a 25 per cent decrease due to a combination of a good harvest and a more accurate system of documenting internally displaced persons (IDPs). But the number of civilians displaced and wounded in the conflict has increased, with more than 44,000 people displaced during the third quarter of the year and an additional 65,000 in the last quarter. Of the 54,000 people displaced from Mogadishu between August and November, 32,000 fled the city, and 22,000 relocated to relatively calmer areas of the city. In late October, clashes between Al-Shabaab and pro-government forces displaced thousands of people, many of whom crossed into Kenya.“I remain deeply concerned about the impact of the conflict on civilians and call on all parties to ensure their protection and remind them of their responsibility to protect,” Mr. Ban concludes. “I condemn the launching of attacks by extremists from populated areas and demand an end to these attacks.“I also call on all parties to the conflict to respect humanitarian principles and allow the delivery of assistance to populations most in need. I call on the donor community to continue their critical support to the people of Somalia.”
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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

When our world changed forever

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic
Somalia

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