Monday, July 11, 2011

Museveni Versus al Shabab:Uganda's Museveni calls for air support in Somalia

Days after al Shabab bombed two Kampala nightspots in the closing minutes of the World Cup last year, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni vowed to crush the al Qaeda-linked, Somalia-based terror group. One by one, with the exception of tiny Burundi, African nations began to distance themselves from Mr. Museveni's zeal, arguing that greater involvement in the Horn would make the continent less safe. After all, the suicide attacks—one year ago today–were revenge for the 5,000 Ugandan peacekeeping troops that Mr. Museveni already had stationed in Somalia.

The former bush rebel, whose insurgency toppled the brutal regime of Milton Obote in 1986, was widely dismissed as a myopic warmonger who couldn't see past a military solution to the problem. His calls to add 12,000 troops and turn Somalia into a no-fly zone were ignored or rejected.

But Mr. Museveni's resolve since has proved decisive in bringing al Shabab to its knees. He successfully lobbied the U.N. to allow African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops to initiate preemptive strikes rather than just react in self-defense. AMISOM forces, made up of Ugandan and Burundian soldiers, now control 70% of Mogadishu and key towns in the south of the country. Dozens of al Shabab fighters have defected in recent months, while the group's Islamist designs have led its popularity to wane to the point that it is struggling to attract financing and new recruits.

Meanwhile, al Shabab's vows to avenge AMISOM by taking its terror abroad have produced no major attack beyond Somalia's borders. Regional security forces, strengthened through closer resource and intelligence sharing with each other and AMISOM, have rounded up scores of would-be attackers. The last major suspect in last year's blasts, which killed 78 people in Uganda's famously safe capital, was extradited to Uganda last week. Ugandan courts are now set to try 17 people in connection with the bombings. 
Mr. Museveni's determination to route al Shabab has also gained him regional and international clout, even as his regime's domestic record suffers. When, for instance, the U.N. pressured Somalia's transitional government to hold elections when its mandate expires in August, Mr. Museveni threatened to pull his 5,000 troops out of AMISOM unless the mandate was extended another year. Mr. Museveni got his way.

Even Washington has softened its calls for Mr. Museveni to reverse Uganda's runaway corruption and undemocratic drift. Since last year's bombings, the two sides have found common cause in stabilizing Africa's Horn. Washington has trained and equipped Mr. Museveni's forces, with the latest boost coming last month in the form of a $50 million military consignment that included drones, surveillance systems and body armor.

One of the drones was used in an airstrike on June 30 that wounded two top al Shabab commanders. This led to at least 12 al Shabab defections and widespread fear among remaining fighters, according to defectors.

To finish the job, Uganda and Burundi recently sent 3,000 additional troops to Somalia. Emboldened by AMISOM's steady gains, other African nations, including South Africa, are reportedly preparing to contribute their own forces.

Several factors threaten to keep al Shabab relevant. Somalia's transitional government is hobbled by massive corruption and political infighting, though Mr. Museveni has convinced key members of the group to sign the Kampala Accord, which regional leaders hailed as a step toward ending political impasses.

Outside Somalia, security has grown lax in certain areas, such as at major shopping areas in Uganda. The region's high youth unemployment, which sits at nearly 80% in Uganda and 65% in Kenya, makes fertile ground for terrorist recruitment. Intelligence reports show that al Shabab is redoubling its efforts to strike abroad in a desperate attempt to remain relevant, and as al Qaeda buckles under effective counterterrorism measures elsewhere, it has sought greater collaboration with the Somali network.

Still, it's hard to imagine the region any safer had Mr. Museveni chosen to withdraw his troops following the World Cup bombings. In defying the conventional wisdom and staying put, Mr. Museveni has shown that finding African solutions to African problems doesn't have to remain an empty slogan. wsj

Uganda's Museveni calls for air support in 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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