Sunday, March 6, 2011

In Riven Somalia, Islamists Dig In

Al Shabaab fighters perform drills in a village outside Mogadishu in mid-February, ahead of an AU offensive.



Foreign Fighters Expel Residents to Turn Mogadishu Suburb Into a Stronghold, Locals Say; Peacekeeper Toll Said to Hit 53

MOGADISHU—Foreign-born Islamist fighters have established a stronghold in a northern suburb of Somalia's beleaguered capital, posing another threat to a country whose instability is a growing concern for East Africa and Western allies.
Foreign fighters affiliated with Somalia's most powerful militant group, Al Shabaab, have executed and driven off residents from Mogadishu's seaside suburb of Qobdoro, say some former residents. These people say the foreign fighters have banned all but their most trusted Somali allies from the area—a suburb of villas, movie theaters and shade trees that locals, referring to the new inhabitants' ties to al Qaeda, now call "Little Afghanistan."
Some 500 foreign and Somali fighters have taken over Qobdoro, Somali intelligence officials estimate. Militants have used sandbags to barricade the streets of the area and have turned its soccer stadium into a military base, say former residents. The sound of gunfire can be heard echoing from the area at night.
SOMALIAIntelligence and security experts worry that seasoned foreign fighters are providing training to Al Shabaab militants, who have controlled much of Mogadishu and southern and Somalia in recent years and are now locked in urban battle with Somalia's government and troops from the African Union.
On Friday, two Nairobi-based diplomats told the Associated Press that 53 AU peacekeepers have died in fighting here since the AU launched a major offensive against Al Shabaab militants two weeks ago. The toll is higher than the six peacekeeper deaths AU has publicly acknowledged. Officials from the AU declined to comment.
Hundreds of Al Shabaab militants have been killed in the recent offensive, say officials from the AU mission in Somalia, known as Amisom. AU troops have made small advances in Mogadishu, but Al Shabaab fighters still appear to control more than half of the capital.
The government says it plans to attack areas in northern Mogadishu. Qobdoro is located about four miles from Mogadishu's presidential palace, the Mogadishu government's base.
Foreign militants began pouring into Somalia in 2009, invited by Al Shabaab leaders. They have since formed a leadership core of Al Shabaab. U.S. and African intelligence officials have said they see an overlap, in both training and membership, with al Qaeda groups in Pakistan and Yemen. Intelligence officials say they believe al Qaeda is using the Somali group as a host body, allowing its operatives access to other African countries.
Qobdoro provides space for "[foreigners to] train Somalis for bomb-making, suicide bombings, indoctrination, extremism [and] fighting," said Abdi Ali, a retired Somali military official and security expert based in Mogadishu. "I do believe they want to make the village like Pakistan and Afghanistan…where the militants have got safe havens and military camps."
The militants' ultimate goal, U.S. and African Union officials say, is to establish a base in Somalia to launch attacks against Western targets. An early expression of that strategy came in July, when Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for multiple bombings in neighboring Uganda that left 76 people dead.
Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, an Al Shabaab spokesman, said recently the group is planning new strikes against Uganda and Burundi, which have sent troops to Somalia as part of Amisom's efforts.
Many of the foreign militants are ethnic Somalis who have grown up elsewhere—in Uganda, Kenya, the U.S. or European countries. The more-experienced among them have fought in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, according to AU and Somali intelligence officials.
Some of these fighters, who Al Shabaab says make up more than 10% of its personnel, brought suicide-bombing and weapons expertise. They have also imposed harsh Islamist justice, with residents of Al Shabaab-controlled areas describing beheadings and amputations for minor infractions, such as theft. Such moves have sapped the group of some local support.
Many former Qobdoro residents said they fled because of executions carried out by foreign militants.
"My cousin and his friend were beheaded at same time in the village," said Qamarey Yusuf, who said she fled in 2009 with her five children to Mogadishu's Madina district after insurgents in Qobdoro fired mortars at AU peacekeepers, drawing heavy return shelling.
She said a former neighbor, who had joined Al Shabaab, told her by phone that he had seen the men's bodies in the town.
An Al Shabaab fighter who identified himself as Ali said foreign militants have given the group added punch. "Their role in getting our enemies out of their positions is remarkable," he said. "We hope the few places the enemy controls will soon fall in the hands of Islam."
Another Al Shabaab fighter from Somalia, Ibnu Hassan, said he had seen Qobdoro and described how militants have dug trenches and covered them with grass to trap AU peacekeepers' tanks.
Al Shabaab has warned against any efforts by the Somali government and AU forces to dislodge them from such strongholds. "They will suffer again and again if they try to attack us," said Mr. Rage, the spokesman.wall street j
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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,

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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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