Friday, November 2, 2012

World's most-failed state | kismayo, city, shabaab - Opinion - The Orange County Register

Progress appears to be finally taking root in Somalia, "the world's most-failed state." After many years of violence and destruction, as the country's government crumbled, and Somalis were victimized by armed gangs, free elections have brought a reformer to power, and radical Islamist militants are being pushed back. The threat of a terrorist safe haven in East Africa has motivated African neighbors to take decisive steps to address these challenges before the instability is exported into their cities and villages.
The particularly stark misery in Somalia over the past decade was compounded by its relentlessness. Despite the rising and falling fortunes of various factions and their warlords, the suffering of Somalis has continued. Mogadishu, the capital, was eventually reduced to a jaw-dropping example of what years of street-to-street, house-by-house fighting can do to a city. A recurring cycle of destruction has made the capital unrecognizable
Recent events in an outlying provincial city involving a group of Islamist militants known as al-Shabaab, who are linked with al-Qaida, demonstrate the complexities currently facing Somalia as it wrestles with its history of rampant lawlessness.
A few weeks ago, al-Shabaab fighters were driven from the port city of Kismayo after four years in power. During their reign of fear and terror, the city's Liberty Square was turned into a venue for executions, stonings and floggings. Their stated goal is the establishment of a Shariah state in East Africa. After several recent setbacks, Kismayo represented the militants' last major position, having been driven from Mogadishu a year ago by an army under the direction of the African Union, comprising troops from Uganda and Burundi.
Due to a coordinated attack code-named Project Sledgehammer, led by Kenyan troops and assisted by the Somali army and a local militia backed by Kenya, al-Shabaab soon realized that their days in control of Kismayo were over. Kenya's involvement in the domestic security of Somalia is driven by the simple fact that Kismayo sits on the coast of the Indian Ocean, a mere 100 miles from the Kenyan border. When Kenyan troops secured the surrounding areas, Somali soldiers were given the honor of retaking the town itself.
The hope of the Somali government is that al-Shabaab will soon fall apart, now that it has finally been driven from Kismayo, and the money its fighters were able to earn there from the city's trade. Estimates have the militants earning as much as $50 million a year from Kismayo. However, reports quickly emerged that most of the militants left the city without putting up much resistance, leaving open the possibility that they may soon regroup and return.
In order to deny al-Shabaab a source of much-needed revenue, the United Nations had been forced to impose an embargo on, of all things, charcoal, which is a key export from Kismayo. The ban on charcoal exports had inevitable side effects, as embargos normally do. The key staples of life that are imported into the city, such as food and cooking oil, have become even more expensive. City leaders now hope that the embargo will be quickly lifted, and that the economy can creak back into motion.
But the exit of al-Shabaab now means that other factions and their warlords are circling Kismayo, waiting to claim the prize. Despite the joy that many Kismayo residents must feel at the departure of the militants, there must be equal amounts of fear and uncertainty over what the future will bring. With Kenyan troops still in the country after their initial invasion last year, the ultimate resolution of the situation in Kismayo will be neither simple nor quick.
Somalis recently saw the election of a new president, Sheikh Hassan Mohamud, which has been a great source of optimism and pride for the country, even though Mohamud's inauguration was marred by suicide bombers who killed 19 people. In the first election in over two decades, Mohamud, a university professor, surprised critics by winning the final runoff vote. Many hope that his victory represents a meaningful step down the path of stability and prosperity.
The West cannot be indifferent about Somalia's fate, and must keep peace in the region as a high priority. Pirate activity remains a threat in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast, impacting global trade and transport routes. In addition, a safe haven for terrorists in the east of the continent, combined with the recent creation of such a safe haven in Mali in West Africa, would potentially open up Americans and American interests to the same types of risks faced when Osama bin Laden and the Taliban controlled Afghanistan. Failed states give extremists the opportunity to dig in and establish bases outside the reach of local and international law.
Hopefully, President Mohamud's election and the retreat of al-Shabaab represent a new chapter for the country. The involvement of other African countries in the process of re-establishing stability in Somalia clearly demonstrates how important these threats are to all the nations of East Africa and the continent as a whole. The West must continue to support and promote these goals, in order to ensure that the ultimate consequences of tolerating extremist safe havens do not eventually arrive on our own doorsteps, as well World's most-failed state | kismayo, city, shabaab - Opinion - The Orange County Register
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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

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