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Gulf of Aden Security Review - April 30, 2014 | Critical Threats

Yemen: Suspected AQAP militants ambush Yemeni military convoy and take fifteen soldiers hostage in Abyan governorate; Yemeni security forces detain gunmen with explosive devices in Abyan governorate; Nigerian citizen pleads guilty to U.S. charges for supporting AQAP in Yemen
Horn of Africa: Puntland police detain suspected al Shabaab militants in Bari region; unidentified assailants kill Jubbaland security officers in Lower Jubba region; AMISOM and SNA forces clash with al Shabaab militants in Galgudud and Gedo regions; Somali security forces conduct search operation in Mogadishu
Yemen Security Brief
  • Suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants ambushed a Yemeni military convoy en route to joining a military offensive on April 29 in the town of al Saeed in Shabwah governorate. The militants attacked the convoy with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades and captured a troop transport vehicle, taking 15 Yemeni soldiers hostage. The militants released two of the Yemeni soldiers shortly following the ambush, and reports indicate that the released soldiers had been “severely beaten.” In addition to the death of at least 12 militants, at least 15 Yemeni soldiers were killed, and 12 were wounded in the fighting. On April 30, suspected AQAP militants executed three of the remaining 13 Yemeni soldiers taken hostage in the April 29 ambush, and left their bodies near a road intersection in the city of Ataq in Shabwah governorate.  Following the discovery of the three Yemeni soldiers, all of whom bore signs of torture, Yemeni security forces reportedly withdrew from the al Saeed area. The status of the final ten Yemeni soldiers held hostage remains unknown.[1]
  • Yemeni Security Forces seized a group of ten armed gunmen in possession of weapons, ammunition and explosive devices in Abyan governorate on April 29. One of the gunmen may have links to AQAP, although further details regarding the event remain unclear.[2]
  • Nigerian citizen Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, also known as Ayatollah Mustapha, pled guilty in U.S. Federal Court to charges of “providing material support to an al Qaeda affiliate, and participating in its media and recruitment campaigns,” on April 29 in New York. Babafemi is accused of traveling to Yemen and working directly with AQAP’s media arm, al Malahem Media Foundation, to help publish its English-language magazine, “Inspire,” as well as recruit English-speaking Nigerians to join AQAP.[3]
Horn of Africa Security Brief
  • Puntland police detained 12 suspected al Shabaab militants and sympathizers, including three women, during a security operation in Boosaaso in Bari region on April 29. The police launched the security operation after a suspected militant prematurely detonated an improvised explosive device (IED). The intended target of the IED remains unclear, since no casualties were reported from the blast. Separately, a landmine explosion killed four people and injured three others in Daboole Weyne near Dhabad in Galgudud region on April 30. It remains unclear whether the landmine was planted recently or a remnant of past conflict.[4]
  • Unidentified assailants killed three Jubbaland security officers in Kismayo in Lower Jubba region on April 29. Four assailants armed with pistols and assault rifles fired upon the security officers in the Via Afmadow section of Kismayo. The motivation behind the attack remains unclear as no group has yet claimed responsibility for the killings.[5]
  • Al Shabaab militants attacked an AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) military base in Garbaharey in Gedo region on April 29. Reports indicate that the leader of SNA forces in the El Ade area of Gedo region, Mohamed Qojof, was among those killed during the fighting. Separately, al Shabaab militants attacked a base occupied by Ethiopian AMISOM forces in Elbur in Galgudud region on April 30. The Ethiopian AMISOM contingent responded to the attack by confronting the militants and firing mortar shells at suspected al Shabaab locations throughout Elbur. Although the confrontation reportedly inflicted casualties to both sides, the exact figures remain unclear.[6]
  • Unspecified Somali security forces conducted a search operation throughout the Heliwa district of Mogadishu on April 30. A Heliwa district official reported that “dozens of people were arrested” by the security forces, citing general insecurity as prompting the operation.[7]

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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.

Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic

Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic

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