Saturday, May 31, 2008

Somalia’s leaders divided on peace talks delegation chief

MOGADISHU, Somalia May 30 - Somalia’s interim President Abdullahi Yusuf and his Prime Minister, Nur “Adde” Hassan Hussein, are deeply divided on who should lead the government delegation at the peace talks in Djibouti, confidential sources tell Garowe Online. more..

Somalia UN talks resume

Djibouti - Negotiations sponsored by the United Nations and aimed at bringing the Somali government and its main political foes into direct dialogue were due to resume Saturday in Djibouti. more..

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ethiopian troops have confiscated weapons

Mogadishu, -Combination of Ethiopian and Somali soldiers extended themselves at KM13 in the fringes of the Somali capital Mogadishu dawn this morning. These soldiers were in infantry form and marching in along procession, and they are believed to be from the bushy direction of Darkenly district towards KM13 location. So far there are no reports coming from the area regarding about whether arrests of civilians have taken place.
The movements of all the vehicles and people in the area subsided for hours, but later resumed.
As usual the youngsters in the KM13 area fled from their house fearing that the Ethiopian soldiers may arrest them aimlessly or torture them, because such cases had earlier happened.
The soldiers started their walk from Darkenley district where heavy confrontation occurred yesterday, and are said soldier to be trucking down what they said to be the forces that carried the attack on Darkenly police station. It is not the first time Ethiopian soldiers and Somali soldiers to carryout joint operation. also
Beledweyn - town somalia -The Ethiopian troops stationed at Baladweyn town the headquarters of Hiran region in central Somalia have apprehended civilians in an operation they have carried out inside the town. These Ethiopian troops have overnight carried search operation at Holwadag a section of Baladweyn town. In the course of the operation the Ethiopian soldier have conked out the doors of three shops located inside Holwadag section belonging to the inhabitants in the area. These soldiers have taken with them three people towards their base in Jantakudicho in the outskirts of Baladweyn town. The main motive behind the taking of these three men is not manifest. Likewise some reports from the area say that in the operation the Ethiopian troops have confiscated weapons from one of the shops they have broken its door.
The situation of Baladweyn town is now reported to be cool, and the business activities are running smooth after the operations of carried by the Ethiopian troops overnight.
In the recent day the Ethiopian troops have started caring out operations inside the town, and this has alleviated the business activities in the town. Baladweyn town has several times fallen in the hands the Islamic Courts Union and last time they have chased the entire Baladweyn administration including the region commissioner Yussuf Ahmed Hagar Dabaged.
in wadaji district The district police commander of wadajir district in Banadir region confirmed that they went dialogue with their rivals at Wadjir district.
Mr. Adan Mohammed Yussuf the police commander of Wadajir district addressed the resident of Wadajir district in an open area, and told them in black and white that they have gone into talks with their number foes. “Some of the points we discussed include not attacking the district administration premises within the area”, said the area police commander. Likewise the Wadajir police commander added that the Islamic Courts Union in the area does not contravene their administration, and the government soldiers do not also go into worshipping points to arrest worshippers. “For instance you have seen our neighbors Darkanley there are always frequent attacks carried by the Islamic Courts Union on the bases of government soldiers in the district, and in the attacks many innocent civilians are killed and some even flee from their houses” added the police commander of Wadajir District. These remarks from Wadajir police commander coincides with time when there are organized killings and chain attacks on government soldiers’ bases in Darkenley. It was yesterday evening when deadly raid carried by the I.C.U forces occurred at Darkenly district particularly at the police station where five government policemen were killed, and scores of prisoners were released.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Somali Islamist group claims responsibility for deadly bomb attack in Ethiopia

MOGADISHU, Somalia - A little-known Somali Islamist group claimed responsibility on Thursday for a bomb attack that killed three people in Ethiopia on the eve of national celebrations to mark the 17th anniversary of the current government's ascent to power.
"We will keep on fighting until we liberate our country from the Ethiopian invaders," said Haji Abukar, a spokesman for the Islamic Guerrillas, after claiming responsibility for Tuesday's bombing in Nagele, 560 kilometers (347 miles) south of the capital, Addis Ababa. "Our fighters will continue their holy war against the enemy of Somalia and we will target them everywhere." more..

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Letter to the members of the Somali Diaspora

I last wrote to you all before the first Somali talks in Djibouti which took place from May 10 – 16 2008. In view of your tremendous contribution to Somalia’s economy and support and involvement in Somalia, I felt it was my duty to continue to keep you updated on current progress.
I was extremely pleased by the widespread, positive reaction from the Diaspora to the first phase of the Djibouti talks which demonstrated your commitment to peace, security and stability. more..

Somalia peace talks to re-start on Saturday

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali faction leaders must drop their "winner-takes-all" approach if they are to move towards ending 18 years of civil war when fledgling peace talks restart in Djibouti this weekend, an envoy said on Wednesday... more

Strategy of Somalia’s Islamists Survives Death of Militant Leader

Anti-terrorism officials in the Horn of Africa are on high alert following the killing of Shaykh Aden Hashi Ayro, the military leader of al-Shabaab, the youth wing of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) in Somalia, in a May 1 strike by U.S. ship-launched Tomahawk missiles (SomaliNet, May 2; Daily Nation [Nairobi], May 2). Shaykh Ayro, trained in terrorist and insurgency methods in Afghanistan and believed to have been in his 30s, was killed in a house together with another five insurgents in the small central Somalia town of Dusamareb, 250 miles north of Mogadishu (al-Jazeera, May 2). Those killed included Ayro’s brother, another commander, Muhiyadin Muhammad Umar, and several other insurgents. At least a dozen civilians in neighboring houses were also killed by the missiles. Soon after the attack, Shaykh Muqtar Robow Adumansur, the group’s spokesman, vowed the group would retaliate, setting off an alert in the Horn of Africa: “This does not deter us from continuing our holy war against Allah’s enemy; we will be on the right way, that is why we are targeted” (The Standard [Nairobi], May 2). Thousands of people took to the streets of Dusamareb on May 4 to protest the attack (AFP, May 4). Anti-terrorism officials fear the insurgents in Somalia—who are alleged by the United States to have close links to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network—could be planning to stage revenge attacks on American interests, especially in Kenya. In mid-April, two Kenyans and two British nationals were killed when the Islamists carried out overnight attacks in a school in central Somalia (Sunday Nation [Nairobi], May 4).The United States classifies al-Shabaab as a terrorist organization. Several months before the killing of Shaykh Ayro, its fighters intensified their daily attacks on Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which is backed by Ethiopian army soldiers. These attacks yielded the control of substantial territories in central and southern more..

Monday, May 26, 2008

Heavy civilian toll as Mogadishu fighting kills at least 13

MOGADISHU (AFP) - Islamist insurgents attacked African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu Monday, sparking fierce clashes that killed at least 13 Somalis, most of them civilians, officials and witnesses said. MORE..
Mogadishu attack death toll rises to 18 ... more ,,

Islamist rebels reject UN proposal for Somalia

MOGADISHU (AFP) — A Somali Islamist commander Sunday rejected a UN resolution that could see UN peacekeepers sent to the war-wracked African nation, calling for a "war" against any such deployment. more...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Jihadi Suicide Bombers: The New Wave

Ahmed Rashid in the New York Review of Books:

When Osama bin Laden decided to launch a jihad against the US and the West from his new base in Afghanistan in 1996, few took him seriously. Several developments at that time got little attention from Western governments as Afghanistan became the incubator of a new, Arab-led "global jihad" against the West. The fifteen-year-long insurrection against the Indian government of Kashmir introduced the skills of suicide bombing to South Asia. The endless civil war in Somalia eliminated any clear center of power there and freewheeling jihadist groups emerged in the chaos. The Israeli–Palestinian conflict was seen as becoming increasingly insoluble. President Clinton's failed attempt to foster peace at the end of his administration came just as many Palestinians were beginning to embrace more extremist Islamic ideas.
Two of the books under review are so illuminating about this twilight period in the 1990s that I even wonder if September 11 could have been averted if they had been published a decade earlier. One is Omar Nasiri's Inside the Jihad, a first-person account by a Moroccan-born spy who infiltrated Islamist groups on behalf of European intelligence organizations in the 1990s; the other is Brynjar Lia's Architect of Global Jihad, a Norwegian scholar's account of a top al-Qaeda strategist named Abu Mus'ab al-Suri, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2005 and handed over to the US. He is now one of the "rendered" or disappeared prisoners. Both books are about men who were trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan in the early 1990s—when bin Laden was not even there—and who then traveled across Europe to mobilize Muslims for the emerging global jihad. The Afghan camps were providing military and technical training, ideological education, and new global networks well before al-Qaeda arrived on the scene.
Yet the young men who trained in these camps were not educated in the Islamic schools called madrasas and they were inspired less by extremist Islamic ideology than by their desires to see the world, handle weapons, and have a youthful adventure. It was a boy's world of reality games. "I realized that I had dreamed of this moment for years," writes Nasiri—a nom de plume.
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US urges Somalia government to isolate extremists

Somali Foreign Minister Honourable Ali Ahmed Jama
Honourable James Swan,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs
David Angel. -- Ali Ahmed Jama

The US government has reiterated the need to isolate the extremists fighting in Somalia who are opposed to reconciliation.
The deputy US assistant secretary of state for Africa, James Swan , stated this at a conference held in Ottawa on the situation in Somalia.
Mr. Swan said that the US government fully supported the peace talks between the Somali government and opposition groups in Dijbouti, adding that it was crucial to isolate the extremists fighting in Somalia. But the US official did not indicate whether he meant Al-Shabab or not He further stated that his government was closely working with the Transitional Federal government of Somalia on the issues of deploying peace keepers who would restore peace and order and would also support it in the forthcoming reconciliation process in the country.
He also commented on the peace talks between the government and the opposition groups, saying that the opposition should accept talks before the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Roadside bomb kills four AU peacekeepers in Mogadishu

wounded Ugandan troops from somali terrorist (al shabaab) Insurgents attack pictures

MOGADISHU, May 23 -- Four African Union peacekeepers were killed and unknown number of civilians were wounded Friday after an AU military truck was attacked by a roadside bomb in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, witnesses said.
"I saw four dead soldiers being pulled out of the much damaged truck," Isse Harun, a kiosk owner near the scene of the blast told Xinhua. "A number of passers-by were also wounded in the explosion.
The truck was moving along the K4 road near the airport in south Mogadishu were AU peacekeepers are based, when the bomb went off, witnesses said.
Spokesman for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) declined to comment on the casualties but confirmed that a blast occurred targeting the peacekeepers, saying he will brief the media on the "incident" soon.
Nearly 2,600 African Union peacekeepers are currently deployed in Mogadishu. The troops, from Uganda and Burundi, are part of a planned UN authorized 8,000-strong African Union peacekeepers. Other African countries that pledged to contribute did not send their contingents due to logistical and security concerns.
No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack but Islamist insurgents have vowed to attack any foreign troops in Somalia who they accused of assisting Ethiopian troops and Somali government forces.
A number of Ugandan peacekeepers were killed in similar attacks blamed on Islamists last year.
Meanwhile, Islamist fighters clashed with Somali government forces and Ethiopian troops as they tried to carry out searches for weapons and suspected fighters near the main Bakara market in the south of the capital.
A number of shells landed on empty houses inside the market which Somali government officials say is an insurgent hideout.
Residents around the market say that the shells were fired in retaliation by Ethiopian troops in the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu after shells fired by insurgents landed inside the Palace, a claim rejected by the presidential spokesman.
Editor: Gao Ying

Israeli elephant expert dies in Ethiopia blast

An Israeli elephant expert was killed Thursday morning in a blast in the Ethiopian capital. Prof. Yehezkel Shoshani, a world-renowned specialist, was killed after a minibus blew up in the heart of Addis Ababa. Two other passengers were killed, and nine were seriously wounded. dig more..

Somalia: Islamist rebels in secret deal with Kismayo port militia

KISMAYO, Somalia May 23 - Islamist rebels spearheading a bloody insurgency against Somalia's UN-endorsed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) have entered into a secretive agreement with the clan militia ruling the southern port of Kismayo, reliable local sources tell Garowe Online.
Earlier this week, Kismayo's ruling clan militia leaders met secretly with guerrilla commanders loyal to the Islamic Courts and al Shabaab, splinter groups within Somalia's fractured Islamist movement. dig more..

Two Simultaneous Attacks in the Somali Capital Overnight

Mogadishu, - Two simultaneous raids were last night carried onto two different garrisons in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
These two raids occurred at the former pasta plant and the former prison warders barrack.
It was confirmed that both the warring sides exchanged different kinds of weaponries.
The fight at the former Prison warders barrack commenced shortly after dusk prayers and some eyewitnesses in the neighborhoods verified that these Ethiopian forces stationed in the barrack were attacked from three different directions.
The attackers were armed with different sorts of armaments an Islamist group in Somalia called Al-Shabab claimed for been behind the raid.
The actual damages between the two warring sides was not immediately confirmed thought it was night time morning hours reports say that scores of the Ethiopian troops were killed in the attack.
A stray rocket fired by the Ethiopian soldiers landed at a house in the African village area and killed an elderly man and wounded a young girl.
On the other hand a dreadful combat also occurred at the former Past factory in the northern direction in the capital Mogadishu.
In the battle at the former Pasta factory six Ethiopian soldiers were confirmed killed and handful of others were wounded as per to the daybreak reports.
So far there are no comments from the government side regarding about the combats of last night at the former Pasta factory and the former prison waders barrack which are both now the bases for the Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu.

Arms reach Somali warlords despite UN sanctions

UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (Reuters) - Despite a U.N. arms embargo, arms shipments to Somali militants have not stopped and Somalia's security situation is getting worse, South Africa's U.N. envoy told the Security Council on Thursday.
South African Ambassador to the United Nations Dumisani Kumalo, chairman of the U.N. Security Council's Somalia sanctions committee, also reported to the 15-nation body that corruption in the lawless Horn of Africa country was rampant dig more..

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Eritrean gov’t striving hard to block dialogue between TFG, opposition group, says Ambassador

Addis Ababa, May 21 (WIC) - The government of Eritrea has been working hard to block the dialogue between the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and opposition groups, Somali Ambassador to Ethiopia underscored.
Somali Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to AU, Said Yousuf Noor, told WIC that the government of Eritrean has been fueling the problem amid the efforts of TFG to restore peace and order in that country.
Said Yousuf Noor
Apart from training and arming the terrorist group, Al-Shabab, the regime had been attempting to hamper the peace efforts by urging oppositions of TFG not to take part at the recent conference held in Djibouti, the ambassador indicated.
The government of Eritrea has banned opposition groups from getting out of Eritrea; he said adding that it also attempted to make the conference lose its target by disseminating wrong information that the peace conference is organized by the UN to dismantle opposition groups.
The conference was concluded after setting up technical groups that set agenda for the next meeting to be held by the end of the month, Yousuf Noor indicated.
The ambassador further noted reliable peace and order has reportedly been restored in Somalia following the military measures taken on Al-Shabab by the Ethiopian defense force in collaboration with TFG troops.
Residents of Somalia in 16 districts have also been working jointly to keep the security of their surroundings so as to sustain the prevailing peace and order in that country, the ambassador concluded

Ethiopia to stay in Somalia till "jihadists" beaten

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Wednesday he would keep troops inside neighbouring Somalia until "jihadists" were defeated.
In a move supported by the United States but providing a target for militants, Meles sent thousands of troops into Somalia in late 2006 to help the nation's struggling government topple an Islamist movement that had captured most of the south. dig more...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

somalian terrorist leader al shabaab leader Hassan Dahir Aways call Terrorist Sharif Sheikh Ahmed "dictatorship

Warned the leadership in the Islamic courts Hassan Daher aways of the negotiations by the "Alliance for the Liberation of Somalia" with the government has divided the street and weaken resistance.
He said Aways, who chairs the executive board of the alliance that Director General of the Islamic courts and Central Committee member of the alliance, terrorist Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said "dictatorship acting without consulting the central committee members of the alliance, which has the right to approve the fateful decisions."
He also called Sharif Sheikh Oweys that things return to the Central Committee, which is a parliament for the alliance to agree on a strategy of dialogue with the international community and the Somali government so that after the executive committee to start negotiations without doubts.
The sheikh Oweys revealed in statements to Radio "Voice of America" two days before the existence of secret paper signed by Sheikh Sharif and the United Nations representative for the Somali Ahmedou Ould Abdallah recognizes the possibility of holding direct meeting between the government and the coalition before the departure of Ethiopian troops.
State of tension in the BAM when a shell landed him two months ago (Jazeera Net)
For his part, welcomed the official spokesman for the Hawiye tribes terrorist Ahmed Diriye negotiations.
He said, in an interview with Jazeera Net, that whoever refuses to these negotiations wants to continue the tragedy of Somalia. He described the negotiations as part of the "strategy to get the proper mentality of Ethiopian troops from Somalia."
. And the necessary military commanders in the Islamic courts and the Youth Movement of silence toward the new changes in the Somali political environment. . He disclosed leaders rejected the deployment of names of the island revealed that negotiations and the varying views of senior political leaders of the alliance will not negatively affect their armed operations. . The Mujahideen Youth Movement rejects this conference, whether or not succeeded.ccording to reports in past weeks that the coalition split the two groups and one led by terrorist Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed sees the need to negotiate with the international community to convince him the need for the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia, and another led by terrorist Sheikh Oweys believes that the solution comes through the defeat of Ethiopian troops


Islamofascist Intimidation at Columbus State

What began as a peaceful screening of the documentary, “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West”, Monday afternoon at Columbus (Ohio) State Community College turned to shouts and intimidation as Muslim students confronted students in attendance and Islamofascism Awareness Week event organizers. The video screening was part of Columbus State’s Islamofascism Awareness Week activities hosted by the campus chapter of the Terrorism Awareness Project (TAP), which runs through Wednesday. dig more....

Monday, May 19, 2008

A Peace Deal To Die For

Although peace talks are taking place in Djibouti, the clan warfare continues in Mogadishu and throughout southern Somalia. Although there are two coalitions, the Transitional National Government (TNG) and the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), facing off, much of the violence has nothing to do with national politics, or politics at all. Battles are largely over water, land (for grazing or farming) and roads (for extorting money from users). The most intense fighting is in Mogadishu, where the clans that have long controlled this lucrative area, have been displaced by those loyal to the TNG. dig more, ,,,

aid worker killed in southern Somalia

MOGADISHU, (AFP) - al shabaab Gunmen shot and killed a Somali humanitarian worker in the country's southern port town of Kismayo, elders and a colleague said on Sunday. Ahmed Bariyow, the head of projects with Horn Relief, an African-led organisation that supports peace and development in Somalia, was killed overnight in Kismayo, about 500 kilometre (312 miles) south of the capital Mogadishu, dig more ..

Friday, May 16, 2008

Somalia: Burundi defense chief visits Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia May 15 (Garowe Online) - Burundi's defense minister, Major-General Niyoyankana Germain, spoke with reports Thursday at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, the Somali capital.
At first, the Burundian Defense Minister condemned an April suicide car bomb attack at the Mogadishu headquarters of Burundi's African Union peacekeeping contingent. dig more.

Security Council calls for plans to deploy UN peace force to Somalia to continue

Security Council meeting on Somalia15 May 2008 – The Security Council today called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue contingency plans to deploy a possible United Nations peacekeeping operation in strife-torn Somalia and to relocate its political office from neighbouring Kenya.
In a resolution adopted unanimously, Council members deplored the deteriorating humanitarian situation inside Somalia – which has not had a functioning national government since 1991 – and called on Mr. Ban and the international community to therefore intensify their efforts to promote political .. dig more..

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

EXCLUSIVE-UNDP accused over firm with suspected militant links

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent LONDON,

May 14 (Reuters) - A U.N. agency supported a Somali money transfer firm with suspected links to Islamist militants in a project that was corrupt and failed to curb the risks of money laundering and terrorist finance, a former employee said. dig more...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Islamists target Somalis in terror campaign

Islamists target white aid workers
Alex Strick van Linschoten in Mogadishu

When Ibrahim Saeed Abdullah saw a neighbour’s cinema burnt down by a barrage of grenades, he realised that he had no choice but to heed the death threats he had received from the big men with guns in their hands and hatred in their hearts. Last week he closed the doors of his own cinema for the last time. dig more.

Country Reports on Terrorism -Report U.S. State Department.

Somalia's fragile central government, protracted state of violent instability, long unguarded coastline, porous borders, and proximity to the Arabian Peninsula made the country an attractive location for international terrorists seeking a transit or launching point for conducting operations in Somalia or elsewhere. Despite the late 2006 defeat of the Council of Islamic Courts (CIC) in Mogadishu by Ethiopian and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces, the ensuing low-level conflict that engulfed Mogadishu and parts of south central Somalia for the remainder of the year continued to make Somalia a permissive operating environment and safe haven for both Somali and foreign terrorists. The extremist al-Shabaab (The Youth), the militant "shock troops" of the CIC whose radicalism and violent means led to the CIC's undoing, initially dispersed and fled south along the Kenyan border. Al-Shabaab, some of whom are affiliated with AQ, consists of radicalized young men, between 20 and 30 years of age. A few of its senior leaders are believed to have trained and fought with AQ in Afghanistan. Al-Shabaab extremists participated in attacks against Ethiopian and TFG security forces. Al-Shabaab and other extremists were also behind suicide bombings, the use of landmines, remote controlled roadside bombs, and targeted assassinations against Ethiopian and TFG security forces, other government officials, journalists, and civil society leaders. The African Union Peace Support Mission (AMISOM), which deployed in March to secure the air and sea ports and presidential compound, lost six soldiers to extremist attacks during the year.
Among the foreign AQ operatives believed to have enjoyed protection by the former CIC and al-Shabaab leadership were individuals wanted for the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and a 2002 hotel bombing in Kenya, including Fazul Abdallah Mohammed (aka Harun Fazul), and Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan. At the end of the year, Ethiopian and TFG forces remained nominally in control of Mogadishu and southern and central Somalia, though institutions of government remained weak and ineffective. Regional efforts to bring about national reconciliation and establish peace and stability in Somalia are ongoing. The capability of the TFG and other Somali local and regional authorities to carry out counterterrorism activities was limited. · Full report go to
Ethiopia’s contribution in world counterterrorism efforts commendable, exemplary-US
Addis Ababa, May 12, 2008 (Addis Ababa) - Ethiopia’s contribution in the world counterterrorism efforts was commendable and exemplary; the Ministry of Information (MoI) quoted US as saying.
In its statement sent to ENA, the ministry said on Monday the Report of the US Department of State released on 30 April 2008 under the title “Africa: Country Report on Terrorism-Africa-Chapter” lauds Ethiopia’s contribution in the global counterterrorism efforts .. dig more

Somalia's civil war

By Vicki Huddleston washington times.

A few days ago, an American air strike killed Aden Hashi Ayro, the military commander of Al Shebab, a militant Somali organization. For any number of reasons, the world is better off without Mr. Aryo, who is known for his intolerance and brutality. In his campaign to establish a radical Islamic state in Somalia, he called for attacks on United Nations personnel who are trying to bring humanitarian relief to this devastated country. For anyone who is not associated with Mr. Aryo's jihad, it is difficult not to welcome his demise. dig more ..

Crush the Extremists in Mogadishu!

How does anyone reason with the unreasonable? The answer is impossible if it is on the bases of talking, the meeting of minds if you will, but as simple as can be if absolute intransigents are communicated to with the same lethal language they dispense and in return would only appreciate: VIOLENCE.

The Al-Shabab Wahabi terrorists, other extremist verities and their apologists in Somalia and in Mogadishu in particular, display, unashamedly, their vision for Somalia and the Somali people through daily sheer terror; to them, damned who perishes, whether a child, a pregnant woman or an elderly, in their daily rations of aimless violence. They materialize their ideas clearly and thoroughly through bomb blasts, gunfire and assassinations. They excel in the cowardly art of sewing discord, death and destruction by launching attacks in the midst of innocents, who are caught—often killed, maimed or forced to flee from homes and neighborhoods—in the well designed and deliberately setup, by them terrorists, crossfire inferno, as the TFG and their allies must respond! dig more..

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Somalia peace talks to get underway in Djibouti: UN

NAIROBI, May 9, 2008 (AFP) - Somali government officials and exiled Islamist opposition leaders are to hold face-to-face peace talks in Djibouti, the United Nations special envoy to the country said Friday. dig more..

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Somalia: Somaliland and the Union of Islamic Courts’ peculiar relationship

by Mohamed JibrellThe Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) were defeated and chased from their last stronghold in Mogadishu in December 2006. Except for few remnants engaged in hit and run, Alqaeda style skirmishes, the UIC fighting capacity has been very much degraded. But it seems that through the unholy convergence of interests between the Mogadishu insurgents and the Somaliland secessionist administration in Hargeisa, their luck seems to be turning for the better. Through the urgings of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), hell bent on the destabilization of Puntland, Somaliland invaded and occupied Puntland's most historic city, Laascaanod. They have also embarked on unsuccessful attempts at the occupation of the major cities of Sanaag.. more..

Watchdog slams journos attack

Nairobi - A press rights watchdog condemned on Wednesday the attempted murder of the last woman openly working as a journalist in Somalia's northern Puntland region.Reporters Without Borders said Bisharo Mohammed Waeys, a talk show presenter on the privately-owned Eastern Television Network, was driving to her home in Bosasso on Sunday when gunmen opened fire on her car. She sped away and was unhurt.The next day she received two text messages threatening her life if she did not stop working at the station.Given her "independent character" and that she presented her show unveiled, the watchdog said it suspected the Islamist al Shabaab militants who have killed Somali journalists in the pa"Waeys's forced descent into life under guard symbolises a serious step backwards for Somalia since the outbreak of war between the transitional government and Islamic insurgents," the press freedom organisation said in a statement.Mired in conflict since the 1991 fall of President Mohamed Siad Barre, Somalia is one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists. (Writing by Daniel Wallis; editing by Sami Aboudi) (For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit:

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A moderate Muslim longs for a more spiritual faith

Those who push an Islamic State are practising politics, not the Prophet's true goals
May 04, 2008 04:30 AM

Muslims are self-secure enough to face hard truths about Islam, asserts Toronto's Tarek Fatah.

He had better hope so. Many other authors inviting Muslims to critically examine their religion have had to fear for their lives.

Irshad Manji, formerly of Toronto, now of New York, and author of The Trouble with Islam, travels with a bodyguard. Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Dutch author of Infidel, travels with two.

Robert Spencer, American author of such works as The Truth about Muhammad, writes that he "lives in a secure, undisclosed location."

Fatah, too, has received death threats over the years, to the point where he resigned two years ago as communications director for the Muslim Canadian Congress in an effort to lower his profile.

This book will raise it again and he would be wise to look out for himself. Yet throughout Chasing a Mirage, Fatah comes across as somebody who genuinely believes that ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, Muslims truly are mature enough to face even the harshest truths he is prepared to tell. dig more ..

We solute you, Mr. President.

His Excellency President of the Somali Transitional Federal Government.

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed

with French President Nicolas Sarkozy

Salute You Your endeavour in bringing back our lost country. We are also thankful to international community we appreciated your hard work on war on terror in horn of africa . specialy Western ally . we are fully supportive of you. pro-peace Somalis . We thank you!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Somali -Ethio conflict and it starts from the early days

Limit to Submission (Somali Documentary 1980) Part 1

This is the first part of a Somali Documentary done by the great Prof. Hussein Tanzania and it tackles the Somali -Ethio conflict and it starts from the early days and how the political game was played.Some of the people interviewed in this film are Abdulmajid Hussein, I M Lewis, Siilaanyo, Dhigicdhigic and some of the ogaden refugees who fled from their land after the Russians killed their families.

Bartamaha obtained this documentary from the family of Hussein Tanzania and we are gratefull to their contribution

Limit to Submission (Somali Documentary 1980) Part 2

This is the second part of a Somali Documentary done by the great Prof. Hussein Tanzania and it tackles the Somali -Ethio conflict and it starts from the early days and how the political game was played.Some of the people interviewed in this film are Abdulmajid Hussein, I M Lewis, Siilaanyo, Dhigicdhigic and some of the ogaden refugees who fled from their land after the Russians killed their families.

Bartamaha obtained this documentary from the family of Hussein Tanzania and we are gratefull to their contribution also thanks to Abdisalam Aato for doing all the digitizing.

also thanks to Abdisalam Aato for doing all the digitizing.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

US airstrike kills leader of Shabab movement in Somalia

US Special Forces have struck yet again inside Somalia. The latest airstrike in central Somalia killed senior Shabab and al Qaeda leader Aden Hashi Ayro and seven others. The attack comes as the Islamic Courts steps up its attacks on Somali and Ethiopian forces and has overrun villages and districts in central and western Somalia.

The airstrike has been confirmed by Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, the spokesman for Shabab, the youth wing of the radical Islamic Courts Union. "A US warplane bombed us in Dhusamareb district and there were casualties," Robow said in a statement. "This was an unprovoked attack." Press reports indicate at least eight people were killed in the strike.

Robow confirmed that Aden Hashi Ayro and Sheikh Muhyadin Omar, two senior leaders in the Islamic Courts, were among those killed. Ayro was the leader of Shabab and served as an operational commander during the rule of the Islamic Courts. He trained under Hassan Dahir Aweys, the leader of the Islamic Courts who is also a senior al Qaeda leader. Ayro was sent to train in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan prior to 2001.

Ayro is believed to be behind the deadly string of roadside bombings and suicide attacks against government and Ethiopian forces. In a propaganda audiotape released by Shabab in November 2007, Ayro called for "attacks on African Union troops and expressed his wishes of someday beheading women and children in Addis Ababa."

The Islamic Courts and its affiliate Shabab have stepped up its attacks in Somalia the past several months. Islamic Courts and Shabab fighters attack Somali and Ethiopian forces on a daily basis. The Islamic Courts and Shabab are reported to have taken over districts in the Middle Shabelle, Bay, and Middle Juba regions. More than 100 Somalis are reported as killed during heavy fighting in Mogadishu from April 19-22. The Somali government accused Shabab of executing 20 worshippers in a mosque to trigger the fighting, while Shabab has blamed the Ethiopian military.


Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, the spokesman for al Qaeda-linked Shabab, the youth movement of Somalia's Islamic Courts Union.

Recent strikes targeting the Islamic Courts and Shabab

Today's successful strike is the fifth known US-led airstrike against al Qaeda operatives in Somalia since the Ethiopian operation to drive the Islamic Courts from power was launched in late December 2006. The Ethiopians also launched airstrikes against Islamic Courts fighters who were fleeing into Kenya in early January 2007. The US targeted Hassan Dahir Aweys and Aden Hashi Ayro during this time period.

The US targeted al Qaeda commanders Fazul Abdullah Mohammad, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, and Abu Tala al Sudani during the early 2007 strikes. Fazul was again targeted in June 2007.

Fazul is al Qaeda's operations chief responsible for planning the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as the 2002 car bombing attack in Kenya and missile attack on an Israeli airliner. Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan is also wanted for questioning in connection with the 2002 attacks Kenya. Abu Taha al Sudani (or Tariq Abdullah) is al Qaeda's leader in East Africa.

The last airstrike occurred on March 3, 2007, when US struck an al Qaeda safe house in the town of Dobley in southern Somalia, just four miles from the Kenyan border. The US targeted Hassan Turki, who had taken control of the Dobley region in late February. Turki, who was a senior leader in the Islamic Courts and its predecessor, al Itihaad al Islamiyah, is believed to be running a military training camp on the Kenyan-Somali border. Turki is believed to have survived the attack.

Background about Terrorist ADAN HASHI FARAH(AYROW OR AYRO)

Aden Hashi Farah "Eyrow" (also spelled Ayrow or Ayro, ? - 1 May 2008 was a leader of the Hizbul Shabaab, the armed wing of the Somali Islamic Courts Union (ICU). He was from the Ayr sub-clan, part of the Habar Gidir, which is a branch of the Hawiye clan. He was reportedly married to Halima Abdi Issa Yusuf. He was among several militants killed in a U.S. airstrike on May 1, 2008.Early lifeLittle is known about Aden Hashi Farah Ayro, though from his clan, it was known that he received little formal education of any kind before joining the Ifka Halane Islamic court in the mid-1990s under thetutelage of Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys. According to sources from the International Crisis Group, Aweys selected him to go to Afghanistan for further training.Afghanistan and Al-QaedaAden Hashi Farah Ayro was said to have gone to Afghanistan to train with al-Qaeda before 2001, according to Matthew Bryden of International Crisis Group. Here he was supposedly trained in explosives and other insurgent tactics, applying them in the Islamic Courts Union militias later on; notably with the Shiirkoole (Circolo) court of Mogadishu.It was after this stint with the terror organisation that he went back to Somalia in 2003 to set up a network with other al-Itihaad al-Islamiya veterans to assassinate foreigners and opponents, culminating in the eventual deaths of four foreign aid workers and at least ten Somali former military and police officers. On June 10, 2006, The Guardian broke this story by stating, "An unnamed network run by one of Aweys's proteges, Aden Hashi Farah "Ayro", has been linked to the murder of four western aid workers and more than a dozen Somalis who allegedly cooperated with counter-terror organisations. They also desecrated an Italian cemetery in Mogadishu to great international outrage, and helped shelter and provide assistance to Al-Qaeda operatives in Banaadir and the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. During this period, Ayro's actions remained clandestineIslamic Courts UnionOn June 15, 2006, Aden Hashi Farah "Eyrow" was said to have taken a load of arms sent from EritreaIn July, 720 Somali volunteers were selected by Aden Hashi Farah "Eyrow" to travel to Lebanon to fight against the Israelis. Of those, only 80 returned to Mogadishu. In September, another 20 returned, along with five members of Hizbollah.Attempt on lifeTheresa Whelan, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs, in a press conference on January 17, 2007, said she believed the U.S. AC-130 gunship raid which occurred on January 8 had killed eight fighters linked to Aden Hashi Farah Ayro. Ayro was believed to have been wounded in the attack and perhaps killed.However, on March 7, 2007, it was found that Aden Hashi Ayro, who has described himself as a commander of the Islamic Courts movement, said in an audio tape sent to Mogadishu-based Koran Radio: "It is time for the Somali youth to fight the occupation by Ethiopia and others." He further said, "We will fight for the name of Allah and our country. Let us bring together all our forces to fight the enemy of Somalia.Al-Qaeda in SomaliaAccording to intelligence provided to Somalia's Deputy Defence Minister, Salad Ali Jelle, Aden Hashi Ayro was named by Al Qaeda as its leader in the wartorn nation. It was also reported by the Associated Press that the United Nations have attributed 16 killings to him, including BBC journalist Kate Peyton and a failed attempt to bring down an Ethiopian airliner.DeathOn May 1, 2008, Terrorist adan hashi farah(ayrow) is killed in a pre-dawn airstrike launched by U.S. forces..... good job.

Al-Qa'eda 'leader' killed in Somalia

An American air strike deep inside Somalia has killed the suspected leader of al-Qa’eda in the country, witnesses and The Pentagon said. Aden Hashi Ayro, head of the al Shabaab insurgent movement, died when his home town of Dusamareb was bombed in an overnight raid by up to four US warplanes.
At least another 30 people were killed in the strike, at 2am local time.

U.S. airstrike kills Somali al-Qaida chief al-shabaab

MOGADISHU, Somalia - U.S. missiles destroyed the house of the man identified by the U.S. military as the top al-Qaida commander in Somalia, killing him and 10 others Thursday in a pre-dawn attack that analysts warned could torpedo peace talks.
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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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