Former al-Shabaab leader Hassan Dahir Aweys, who had been in jail at Mogadishu's Criminal Investigations Department headquarters since June, was transferred to house arrest, Somali media reported Thursday (January 30th).
Al-Shabaab leader Aweys surrenders to Habar Gidir clan ..Salebeen sub-clan encleve call Himan and Heeb authoritiesSomali observers: internal divisions widening within al-Shabaab What the jailing -- or freeing -- of Aweys means for Somalia
"He has not yet gained his full freedom but I can assure to you that he has been relocated to another house," Hizbul Islam spokesman Mohamed Sheikh Osman Arus told the habar gidir own Media Network Shaballe Radio .
Aweys surrendered to Habar Gidir -Saleeban sup-clan government authorities in Himan and Heeb in June last year after he fled fighting between rival al-Shabaab factions in Barawe.
The release of Aweys from prison comes after agreements between Hawiye ..his sup-clan Habar Gidir clan and the Somali government Abgaal sup-clan, according to Somalia's TERROR FREE SOMALIA . No other details of the arrangement are known. Alshabab leader terrorist Sh.Hassan Dahir Aweys was moved to a “house” near The Presidential Culusow Palace ..unfortunately he is free man tonight..he was moved to a “house” He was Released from government prison. CID
This undated and unlocated picture provided by US website 'Rewards for Justice' shows top Shebab leader, Somali Ahmed Abdi Godane. isaaq clan
CNN) -- A U.S. military strike in southern Somalia Sunday was targeting Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based group with ties to al Qaeda, according to three US officials.
A drone operated by the U.S. Defense Department fired a Hellfire missile at a vehicle killing those inside, the officials said. But as of Tuesday, the Pentagon was unable to confirm whether Godane was killed, although he was the intended target.
The military was authorized to try to kill Godane because of current intelligence indicating he posed an "imminent threat" against U.S. interests in the region, one official said.
"We have to be able to prove he was in the process of planning additional attacks," the official said. The official would not elaborate on what the intelligence might be.
The officials confirmed this information in response to questioning from CNN, but declined to speak on the record because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Officially, the Pentagon has only described the target of Sunday's strike as a "senior leader" affiliated with al Qaeda and Al-Shabaab.
Godane has been a driving force behind Al-Shabaab declaring its affiliation to al Qaeda and has pressed for the group to launch attacks beyond Somalia.
In recent years, U.S. officials had considered Al-Shabaab to be diminished in strength, but after the attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya last year, officials have worried the group has demonstrated a renewed capability.
The U.S. still sees the limited Western presence in Somalia as a potential target for Al-Shabaab, but the concerns also focus on U.S. targets throughout the Horn of Africa, the official said.
U.S. officials are waiting for DNA evidence as well as intelligence gathered from local Somalis on the ground before they can confirm Godane was in the vehicle and killed by the drone strike.
Somali officials have said the man killed was Sahal Iskudhuq, an Al-Shabaab operative who was close to Godane and involved in planning attacks over the years. The latest strike comes after a failed raid last year by U.S. Navy SEALS aiming to capture a man known as Ikrimah, who U.S. officials said was a senior militant with ties to al Qaeda and Al-Shabaab.
Taliyaha Laanta Socdaalka Soomaaliya Jen C/llaahi Gaafow ayaa lagu eedeeyay inuu xoog ku haysto Guri ay leedahay Gabar Soomaaliyed oo caruur u dhashay nin Talyaani ah oo diinta Muslimka haysta Sida lagu cadeeyay Muuqaalkan.
Sida lagu sheegay muuqaal ay soo duubtay gabadha Guriga iska leh Ifraax waxaa laga dheehan karaa murugo iyo calool xumo in qof sheeganaya mas’uul Soomaaliyed xoog ku haysto Guri dad soomaaliyed leeyihiin, isagoo Gaafow u adeegsaday awooda uu hadda ku leeyahay dowlada dhexdeeda ah.
Guriga uu xooga ku heysto Gaafow ayaa ku yaal kasoo horjeedka garoonka Muqdisho. Waxaana gurigaasi oo ahaa mid ku fadhiyey dhul weyn uu u kala jaray laba. Qeyb ayuu ka dhistay guri weyn oo ka kooban laba dabaq, halka qeybta kale oo uu ka muuqdo burburkii gurigii horey uga dhisnaan jiray uu ku wareejistay deyr ay ciidan u fadhiyaan.
Maxkamada gobolka Banaadir ayaa soo saaray go’aamo ay ku cadeyneyso inay gurigaasi iska leedahay Ifrax oo uu Gaafow ku wareejiyo balse waxaa taasi ka dhaga adeegay Gaafow oo maanta heysta awood dhaqaale iyo mid ciidan oo uu dowlada magaceeda ku helay.
Armed MQ-9 Reaper drone. Image from The Telegraph.
A US missile strike today reportedly killed Sahal Iskudhuq, a senior Shabaab commander who served as a high-ranking member of the Amniyat, Shabaab's intelligence unit. The strike took place after security forces raided Shabaab camps in the northern, semiautonomous region of Puntland.
A pro-Shabaab radio station in Barawe confirmed that an airstrike took place in the village of Hawai in Lower Shabelle, RBC Radio reported. Iskudhuq is said to have been killed in the missile attack. Shabaab has not confirmed his death.
US officials speaking on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press that they had carried out a strike against a Shabaab leader today, but would not identify the target as US intelligence was still "assessing the effectiveness of the strike."
As a member of Amniyat, Iskudhuq would have been sufficiently high-profile to warrant US attention. According to a September 2013 report released by the UN monitoring Group, the Amniyat is described as Shabaab's "secret service" and is "structured along the lines of a clandestine organization within the organization with the intention of surviving any kind of dissolution of Shabaab." The UN report credits the Amniyat with serving Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi Godane's interests and allowing Godane to maintain his grip on power and settle internal disputes.
Foreign fighters often train members of Amniyat, but rarely participate in the group's operations as "its operatives are required to blend in with the Somali public," according to Sabahi. The intelligence unit's operatives take orders directly from Godane. As a result, they receive special privileges not offered to other Shabaab members, including a larger share of the group's budget, mobile phones, and money for bribes.
The US also launched a special operations raid that same month. On Oct. 7, 2013 in Barawe, a known stronghold of Shabaab, US Navy SEALs targeted Shabaab's external operations chief Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, who is also known as Ikrima. The Shabaab leader, who was not killed or captured during the raid, was in close contact with al Qaeda's general command in Pakistan and is said to have directed attacks in Kenya. [See Threat Matrix report, Target of SEAL raid in Somalia tied to top al Qaeda leaders].
The US has launched several operations over the years that targeted or killed top Shabaab and al Qaeda leaders in Somalia. Bilal al Berjawi, a British national of Lebanese descent, was killed in an airstrike in January 2012. Al Berjawi was the senior deputy of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the leader of al Qaeda East Africa who also served as a top commander in Shabaab. Fazul was killed by Somali troops at a checkpoint outside Mogadishu in June 2011.
Nabhan was also the target of a US special forces raid in the Somali town of Barawe in 2009. US commandos killed Nabhan and another terrorist during the raid.
Security forces target Shabaab camps in Puntland
The loss of Iskudhuq in Lower Shabelle is more bad news for Shabaab, following a setback to the group yesterday in northern Somalia. Puntland forces attacked a Shabaab base in Galgala area near the Golis mountain range of northeastern Somalia, southwest of the commercial port city of Bosasso. According to acting Security Minister Colonol Khalif Isse Mudan, three Shabaab fighters were confirmed killed and seven were severely wounded.
Puntland forces also recovered significant arms and materiel from Shabaab bases, and among the items presented to the media were heavy ammunition, explosive devices, medical drugs, and solar equipment.
Despite a military offensive led by the African Union and backed by the US that began in 2011, Shabaab still controls vast areas of southern and central Somalia. During the offensive, Shabaab was driven from major cities and towns such as Mogadishu, Kismayo, and Baidoa, but towns such as Bulobarde and Barawe remain under the terror group's control. The group has weathered the Ethiopian invasion, which began in December 2006 and ousted its predecessor, the Islamic Courts Union. More than six years later, Shabaab remains a capable force in southern Somalia and an integral part of al Qaeda's global network.
Shabaab has also shown itself to be more than capable of attacking major cities outside of its control. Just this weekend, the group killed at least five Somali government soldiers in a daytime attack in Mogadishu.
The chief of protocol of Somali embassy in Kenya, Ilyas Yusuf Warsame arrested in Nairobi. Ilyas was arrested by Kenyan anti-terrorism police unit reasoning that they will investigate him since he was suspected of having relation with terrorism.The Somali ambassador in Kenya did not comment on this arrest.This is coming when all people of Somali origin in kenya is experiencing a fear of being charged of terrorism because their ethnicity whether of Kenyan national or not.
Last year September Westgate massacre terror attack which left close to hundred people dead and more than injured made Kenyan security forces alert and also grew fear in Kenyan Muslim community.
There is no statement from the Somali ambassador to Kenya regarding this arrest.
January 27, 2014: Al Shabaab continues to survive because their appeal to Somali nationalism, and the idea that Somalis are superior to all their neighbors (which is one reason Somalis have been preying on their neighbors for centuries) appeals to enough young men to provide new recruits. Aligning itself with al Qaeda brings in foreign recruits and cash donations. This is not unique in Somali history, mainly because Somalis have something of an attitude problem. This is a combination of an attitude of superiority (simply by being Somali) and an ethical code that tends towards “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.” Thus Somali migrants tend to get into trouble with the law a lot wherever they end up and are among the most unpopular migrants. Somalis denounce this as discrimination, racism, jealousy or whatever they can get away with. In short, Somalis do not play well with others or each other.
The Somali pirates have been beaten but are still out there. The Somali pirates captured no ships in 2013. Compare that to 2012 when 14 were taken, 2011 when 28 were, 2010 saw 47 grabbed and 2009 had 46 hijacked. Each of these ships yielded, on average, several million dollars in ransom. That kind of money attracted a lot more people to the business. Most of those eager seagoing brigands have sought other work. Meanwhile the “Pirate Coast” (where pirates are most active) is now off West Africa in the Gulf of Guinea. Most of the pirates in the Gulf of Guinea are Nigerians and they attacked 31 ships and briefly hijacked nine of them in 2013. The Nigerian pirates have no safe place to keep captured ships while a large ransom is negotiated. Instead they rob ships they attack and quickly leave. In some cases they arrange to hijack much of the cargo, usually at sea, by transferring to another ship at night and then scampering away before the navy or police show up. Sometimes a few of the ships’ officers are kidnapped for ransom. Off Somalia the pirate threat continues to cost shipping companies several billion dollars a year in additional costs. This is passed on to their customers and boosts shipping expenses less than one percent overall (but several percent for some East African customers).
In the south, along the Kenyan border the 3,400 Kenyan peacekeepers and their clan militia allies have brought a sense of peace and security largely absent from the area for twenty years. The effectiveness of these efforts can be measured by the growing number of Somali refugees returning from a huge (over 500,000 people) refugee camp just across the border in Kenya. Despite that success not enough of those refugees are leaving and Kenya is at odds with the UN over what to do. Kenya fears a lot of the refugees want to settle permanently in Kenya and given problems with Al Shabaab terror attacks in Kenya over the last few years there has been a popular backlash against Somalis in Kenya (and elsewhere in Africa). There is growing tension between Kenyan Christians and Somalis. About ten percent (4 million) of Kenyans, mostly along the coast, are Moslem and most of these are ethnic Somalis. There has always been some Islamic radical activity among Kenyan Moslems, but the police have been particularly attentive to it after Kenyan Moslems were found to be involved in terrorist operations in the 1990s.
To the north of the border region Somali government forces and foreign peacekeepers struggle to control bandits and al Shabaab. Sometimes it is difficult to tell these two groups apart. Both establish illegal roadblocks and rob those who come along. The government has promised to eliminate these illegal roadblocks but that is proving to be a hard promise to keep. The best thing the security forces have going for them is the growing unpopularity of al Shabaab. The Islamic terrorist groups used to have a lot of popular support because of the security the group imposed and their religious demeanor. That all went away when al Shabaab sought to impose strict (and very unpopular) lifestyle rules and many of the al Shabaab gunmen became as troublesome as the bandits (who have always been a problem in Somalia, where many feel it is OK to steal from others as long as they belong to a different clan.)
January 26, 2014: In the south an American UAV missile attack hit a vehicle and killed an al Shabaab leader (Sahal Iskudhuq) and his driver. This is the first such attack since last October, when the top al Shabaab bomb maker was killed.
January 24, 2014: Today was the deadline al Shabaab set for Somali cell phone service providers to shut down Internet (and email) access. In southern Somalia one provider (the largest one) complied but another provider did not. Al Shabaab is checking people’s phones at roadblocks and taking phones and sometimes detaining the owners of those whose phones can still receive data. The government had asked the cell phone providers not to comply. Al Shabaab said it was imposing the ban to limit American spying on their members. For years al Shabaab condemned the use of cell phones that could access the Internet because it was un-Islamic (access to porn and the like) but never went this far to enforce the prohibition (mainly because so many of their own members used the Internet, sometimes for Islamic terrorism related matter). Al Shabaab had issued its order on the 9th.
January 21, 2014: The 4,000 Ethiopian troops who have been operating in western Somalia for the last two years have officially joined AMISOM (African Union mission in Somalia), the UN recognized peacekeeping force. In response to this al Shabaab said it would increase its terrorist attacks. It’s always popular in Somalia to say something bad about Ethiopia. The Somalis have fought Ethiopians for over a thousand years, in part because they are not Somali and in part because they are Christian. What the Somalis dislike most about the Ethiopians is that the Ethiopians usually win these battles and continue to do so.
January 18, 2014: A container ship off Eritrea sent out a call for help, reporting that it was under attack by pirates. It later turned out that the “pirates” were Eritrean coast guard who did board the ship and ordered the captain to go to an Eritrean port.
January 17, 2014: An oil tanker 76 kilometers off Oman alerted nearby warships that pirates were attacking. The armed security guards on the tanker chased the pirates off. This was the first Somali pirate attack of 2014. The next day ships of the anti-piracy patrol found an Indian dhow (a seagoing wooden sailing ship that usually carries under 1,000 tons of cargo) that had been captured by pirates about a week ago. The dhow was boarded by armed sailors and five pirates arrested and the 11 man crew freed.
January 16, 2014: Somalia and Uganda signed an agreement to cooperate in intelligence sharing and anti-terrorism activities.
January 10, 2014: The U.S. admitted that it had stationed a small group of U.S. Army Special Forces in Mogadishu last October. These troops are there to help train Somali military forces. This is the first official presence of American troops in Somalia since 1993. There have been many unofficial visits by Special Forces troops, usually from a special operations base in neighboring Djibouti for over a decade. The CIA has had an unofficial (but very real) base in Mogadishu since at least 2011.
January 9, 2014: In the southwest (Gedo) a remotely controlled bomb went off in a tea shop, wounding four people. It’s unclear who did this. Elsewhere in the area Kenyan warplanes bombed an al Shabaab camp, killing at least 30 al Shabaab men and wounding many others, including some civilians. Many al Shabaab men had gathered for some kind of meeting.
Prime Minister closes 2014 Program conference: “I want my government to be close to the people”
His Excellency Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed today chaired the second day of a two-day Cabinet conference on 2014 Program of government at Villa Hargaysa.
The second day of the working session was attended by Cabinet ministers and representatives from the international community, including: United Nations, African Union, European Union, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Norway.
The two day conference has focussed on ensuring the implementation and delivery of the government’s ambitious program for 2014, with a specific focus on day two on working with the international community. Sessions over the two days have covered: Parliamentary procedure, legislative timetable, implementation and delivery of the government’s 2014 Program and working in collaboration with international partners.
Closing the conference, the Prime Minister said: “I thank our international partners for participating today and your continued support to Somalia. A strong Somali led and owned relationship between the Federal Government and international partners is essential in the continued rebuilding of Somalia.
“Our priorities for 2014 include continuing to secure the remaining areas of Somalia to ensure we can deliver basic services. We must continue to build our institutions as we cannot provide services if we do not have the institutions and tools to do it. The government must represent and be strongly linked to the regions, we must put our footprint in the regions so we are not limited to Mogadishu.
“The aim of this two day conference has been to focus our minds as a Cabinet on the challenges and priorities ahead. I want my government to be close to the people. We have an ambitious program of government and we owe it to the people of Somalia to deliver the reforms and services that will make a difference to their lives.
“We do not have the luxury of time, we have to move quickly and effectively. We all have one interest, one goal and one vision and that is to make Somalia a better place. A Somalia with dignity that is at peace with itself and its neighbours. A Somalia where its people have access to basic services and has the capacity to lift its citizens out of poverty.”
Prime Minister’s Media Office
A suspected Islamist fanatic trained by the Somali terror group Al-Shabaab and an alleged recruiter of jihadists has been freed of all controls on his activities.
The man, known only as CF, is also an associate of Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed who fled his terror controls last year and disappeared.
A second suspect who MI5 warned is a “long-term, committed and historically well-connected extremist” has also been released from all restrictions on his movements.
The men are among seven alleged fanatics who have been subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims), which replaced controls orders and were designed to restrict their activities.
A two – year time limit on the orders of each of them will have expired by Sunday and the Government is powerless to stop the restrictions being lifted.
It means they will be free to go wherever and meet whoever they wish but anonymity orders prevent the public from knowing who any of the men are.
CF is a British citizen of Somali descent who, in 2009, absconded from court bail and travelled to Somalia for alleged terror training, court papers show. He is said to have been trained by Al-Shabaab and fought alongside them over the next two years as well as providing advice on travelling to Somalia to others and attempting to recruit fighters in the UK. Al-Shabaab is the al Qaeda-linked terror group that was behind the Westgate shopping centre atrocity in Kenya last year that left up to 70 innocent people, including six Britons, dead.
The missing British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the “white widow”, has also been linked to the group. CF was captured in 2011, returned to the UK and placed under a control order, which was replaced with a Tpim the following year. Atone stage, he was deemed such a risk that he was even banned from having an iPod amid fears he could store messages from extremists on it.
During a review of his controls in the High Court last year, the Security Service said there remained a high risk of him absconding and that the extremist network he was allegedly part of could help him disappear. The controls were kept in place even though the court was also told that CF has started a university course and it was hoped restrictions would not frustrate his studies. Another Tpim suspect, known as BF, is also now free of his controls despite concerns he continues to pose a threat to UK national security.
The High Court was told last summer that BF was a “long-term, committed and historically well-connected extremist and his close associates continue to be involved in ongoing extremist activities”.
There are also concerns that he will be encouraged to continue his alleged terror-related activities by his second wife, known only as V, who is said to hold extremist views herself. BF is alleged to have travelled to Pakistan in 2008 for terrorism purposes and had planned to go there again the following year when he left a “farewell letter” for his family saying: “I will always remember you and my babies”.
The concern is once he is free of restrictions he may now try to travel to Syria where he could connect with al-Qaeda, the court papers show. “It that event, such a person would constitute a significant threat to the United Kingdom national security and be able to engage in terrorist training and fighting,” the court was told. A Home Office spokesman said: “TPIMs were introduced because Control Orders were not working and their powers were being struck down by the courts. “They now provide some of the strongest possible protections that the courts will allow and the police and Security Service believe they have been effective in reducing the national security risk posed by a number of individuals. “But TPIMs are just one weapon in the considerable armoury at the disposal of the police and Security Service to disrupt terrorist activity.”
Prime Minister opens 2014 Program conference: “by learning from previous successes and setbacks we will ensure government delivers for the Somali people”
His Excellency Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed today opened a two-day Cabinet conference at Villa Hargaysa, centring on the priorities, implementation and delivery of the government’s 2014 Program. The two-day working session is being attended by His Excellency President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, H.E. Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, H.E. Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Sheikh Osman and all Cabinet ministers.
Opening the conference, the Prime Minister said: “As a country and government we face immense challenges that we must rise to and overcome.
“Over the next two days we will discuss and focus on implementing and ensuring delivery of the government’s ambitious program of reforms. It is by learning from previous successes and setbacks and by working together in a cohesive way as a government that we will ensure the Federal Government delivers our program for the Somali public.”
The conference is aimed at ensuring the implementation and delivery of the government’s ambitious program for 2014. Sessions will cover: best practice, working with Parliament, legislative timetable, prioritising legislation and the implementation and delivery of the government’s program.
Speaking at the conference, the President said: “We need to break the cycle, we need to shift the way we do government business and we need creative ideas of how Somalia can move forward with the 2014 Program.
“Somalia needs the support of our international partners but we do not want the international community to do the work for us, instead work in partnership with us for the long-term. The solution must be Somali owned and led but to achieve that we have to believe in our own destiny.”
Addressing the ministers, the Speaker of Parliament, said: “A strong, respectful and communicative relationship between Government and Parliament is essential.
“Priorities for both Parliament and Government must include ensuring the Constitution is gender sensitive and passed, as well as legislating for political parties by June 2015 as a key step to national elections in 2016.”
Prime Minister’s Media Office
(terrorfeesomalia) On Sunday,Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in Somalia’s southern port city of Kismayo, to show support to the presence of Kenyan military forces in the horn of Africa nation terrorfeesomalia,reports.
The Interim Jubba Administration officials have organized to demonstration in Kismayo and elsewhere in Lower Jubba region, south Somalia, where Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) are largely controlling, after pushing Al shabab militants out the regions in 2012.
Witnesses in Kismayo said the Local businesses and schools remained closed in the early hours of Sunday due to the rally. Security personnel were deployed at every corner in the city, in a bid to thwart Al shabab attacks.
The protestors who have been carrying banners written in “Without Kenyan troops Jubbland people will get lost” gathered out at Wamo Soccer Stadium, with the presence of several Jubb interim administration ministers, including Minister of Interior and Security, Mohamed Warsame Darwish and Minister of Social Services, Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamud.
The officials called on the United Nations, African Union, IGAD and Somalia Government to allow Kenyan forces to remainand operate in the Jubba regions.
Sierra Leone troops, fighting under AU force’s banner are set to take up the command of the Sector 5 military operation against Al shabab from the current Kenyan Command in Febuary,next month.
Kenyan Defense Forces, who are part of the African Union mission to Somalia (AMISOM), have driven Al Shabaab militants out of Kismayo city and other large swathes in the regions of southern Somalia.
Reports say those killed in the attack included al-Shabab’s head of the LowerShabele region
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A member of Somali rebel group al-Shabab says a senior commander has been killed by a missile fired by a suspected drone.
Abu Mohamed told The Associated Press the militant, Sahal Iskudhuq, was killed late Sunday when his car was hit by a missile in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.
A Somali intelligence official confirmed the attack, describing the victim as a "dangerous" militant. His driver was also killed in the attack, the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to reveal the information.
Mohamed blamed the attack on the U.S., which flies drones over Somalia that occasionally fire at one of al-Shabab's top leaders. Last October, a U.S. military strike hit a vehicle carrying senior members of the al-Qaida-linked group, killing its top explosives expert.
update: An air strike in Lower Shabele kills senior Shabab official
An air strike in lower shabele today killed 4 people including Alshabab head of health department said an anti shabab website.The website names the official killed as Ahmed Abdikadir Abdillahi known as ‘‘Camo isku dhuuq’’ a close ally of Alshabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane.The website further says the official killed and the other three were travelling in two cars one pick up and A toyota brada in sablale area of Lower shabele region.
On another account,an eye witness in Barawe town-the head quarter of Alshabab told BBC Somali service that he saw a full damaged car and confirmed that 9 Alshabab memebers were killed in the attack.
Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said his government will confiscate the passports of members’ of cabinet leaving in Diaspora so that they concentrate on the internal operations of the government.
Mr. Abdiweli was speaking during a meeting in the presidential palace in Mogadishu attended by several high ranking government officials including the cabinet and among others.He said members of his cabinet possessing foreign passports will be taken away so as to restrict them of unnecessary foreign travels unless it is official.“It is very good idea I learnt when I was working in Arab countries, this will make the government operations more efficient.” he saidLots of Somali government officials own foreign passports particularly members of the parliament and cabinet ministers.
This move by the new PM Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed is expected to reduce huge budget used by cabinet on unofficial travels an issue that was very common in previous governments.
Commander of Puntland defense forces Gen. Said Mohamed Hirsi (Said Dheere).
Puntland forces launched a major assault on Al Shabaab base in Galgala area near the Golis Mountain range of northeastern Somalia in the early hours of Saturday morning, Garowe Online reports.
Speaking at a news conference in the State capital of Garowe, Puntland’s acting Security Minister Col. Khalif Isse Mudan confirmed that 3 Al Shabaab fighters were killed in a clean-up operation aimed at dismantling the militant group following intelligence briefings.
“We have learned that Al Shabaab fighters were regrouping in the area and Puntland defense forces moved into the area to dismantle their positions,” said col. Mudan, noting that Puntland forces killed three fighters and wounded seven others.
“The clean-up operation is ongoing and we will capture Al Shabaab remnants in Galgala,” the caretaker security minister told the press conference.
When reporters asked when they will conclude the sporadic attacks on the militant group, Col. Mudan noted that Puntland defense forces will continue the assaults until Al Shabaab threat is eliminated.
Al Qaeda linked extremists began to infiltrate into Golis mountain ranges after African Union troops propping up the Somali Federal Government forces removed the militants from a string of strategic towns in southern Somalia.
Puntland forces waged massive military offensives on Al Shabaab hideouts in mid-2010 during former Puntland President, Abdirahman Mohamed Farole’s tenure of office in response to planned assassinations and suicide bombings in the gulf of Adan port city of Bossaso.
The largest military response to Al Shabaab security threat by Puntland at the time dwindled the group's activities and left underground cells destroyed.
Kismayu Jubbaland — Before the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) carried out its airstrike on an al-Shabaab training camp near Garbaharey in Somalia's Gedo, region jubbland state on January 9th, Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa (ASWJ) officials alerted the Kenyans that al-Shabaab leaders were meeting in Birta Dher village, about 18 kilometres south of the city.
"We told them that al-Shabaab's most senior man, Ahmed Godane, was present at the location," said Mohamed Hussein al-Qadi, the spokesman for government-allied ASWJ, which controls parts of Gedo Jubaland State including Garbaharey . "The strike came as a result of the co-operation between us, but unfortunately the most senior man whom we wanted to kill there escaped. However, senior al-Shabaab officers who were valuable to him were all killed and we are working on getting a complete list of their names."
Al-Qadi identified three of the men killed as Zakur Bin Khalid, Abdi Malik and Ubeyda -- all of Arab origin. A fourth man killed, Abdirahman Halane, is believed to be of Somali origin and was the al-Shabaab leader of Birta Dheer, he said.The airstrike killed at least 30 al-Shabaab militants, and security forces are still verifying their names and identities, he said.Al-Qadi said no civilians were harmed in the incident and all the people who were impacted were al-Shabaab operatives. The strike took place after 1 pm and it continued for about 20 minutes, he said."We are sure that only the enemies, who were holding a very big meeting at the time, were destroyed there," he said."We know from independent sources from within [al-Shabaab] that [Ahmed Godane] was in the meeting," al-Qadi added. "He was our main target in the operation, but unfortunately Godane escaped the location of the strike about 15 minutes before the attack."
Garbaharey resident Sahra Ahmed, a 35-year-old mother of eight, told Sabahi the public welcomed the airstrike that resulted in the deaths of senior al-Shabaab officials.
"We suddenly heard the sound of planes flying overhead followed by heavy weapons firing, but we could not tell where the exact location of the strike was," she recalled. "An hour later, we heard that an airstrike was carried out against men who were part of al-Shabaab and who were engaged in an effort to incite violence in Birta Dher village.""I was very happy when I heard they suffered immense losses and that senior al-Shabaab officers were killed because al-Shabaab has caused us many problems," Ahmed said.Ahmed said the KDF airstrike was the most-discussed topic in Garbaharey for several days, but she also said locals have not seen any injured or dead members of al-Shabaab."Al-Shabaab does not want anyone to see their losses so they bury their dead members wherever they are killed," she said. "They also finish off anyone who is heavily injured. They kill the person with their own hands so that their losses are not documented. This is not a group that can be said to be following the religion of Islam."
Salad Ali, a 59-year-old elder from Garbaharey, Gedo Jubaland State said local elders welcomed the airstrike against al-Shabaab."We heard about the strike that killed the al-Shabaab officers and we welcome any battle against the terrorists," he told Sabahi."When I heard the sound of shelling from the planes, I immediately realised that the battle against al-Shabaab was not a small one," he said. "I can say that this operation should have been carried out a long time ago. I am calling on anyone who is ready to eliminate al-Shabaab to double such attacks."Fellow Garbaharey elder, 61-year-old Mohamed Hassan, said he would have loved it if Godane was killed in the airstrike."I got a headache when I heard that the most evil man in al-Shabaab, Ahmed Godane, escaped the attack," he told Sabahi. "Al-Shabaab will not stop causing problems for the [Somali] public and neighbouring countries unless that man is killed. Every effort must be made to eliminate that man, and the public has to always report any information they get about him."
Kenyan security agencies are on high alert following intelligence reports that al-Shabaab is planning to attack targets in Nairobi and Coast regions, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Wednesday (January 22nd).
Head of the Civil Service Francis Kimemia sent a letter to all principal secretaries saying that security would be increased at all state buildings and installations. Public gathering spaces will be secured to prevent any attacks and security officials at border points also have intensified their operations.
Coast security forces have been alerted that dozens of youth who fled from Kenya after the Westgate attack were returning to the country.
On Wednesday, a suspected terrorist running away from Anti-Terror Police pursuing him threw himself from a fifth-floor window in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighbourhood, Kenya's The Standard reported.
The deceased was identified as 26-year-old Hussein Abdullahi. He died instantly. Police raided the building in Eastleigh on a tip-off that terrorists were hiding there. Six other terror suspects were arrested and taken in for questioning.
WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are dropping their case against a Somali translator accused of being a pirate and playing an illegal role in the hostage siege aboard a Danish merchant ship off the coast of Somalia in 2008.
A jury last month deadlocked on two charges of hostage-taking against Ali Mohamed Ali.aka Mohammad Saaili ShibinHe had been found not guilty of the more serious charge of piracy, and the Justice Department decided to seek retrial on the charges on which the jury couldn't reach a verdict.
Ali's attorney Matthew J. Peed, objected to a retrial, arguing that if the refiled charges relied on the same basic facts, then Ali was being subjected to double jeopardy. The argument was based on the Supreme Court decision resulting from the case Yeager v. U.S.
On Saturday, the office of the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia said it had reviewed the case and agreed that prosecutors were obligated to dismiss the remaining charges against Ali.
"We stand by the original decision to bring charges against Mr. Ali, which was justified by the evidence presented at trial of his role in piracy and hostage-taking, but recognize that in our system it is jurors who must find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to hold him accountable," the office said in a statement.
The case centered on whether Ali was acting merely as a translator relaying pirates' demands to the ship's owners or was an advocate for the pirates.
Ali was education minister in one clan Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia, and had spent most of his adult life in the United States. He boarded the M/V CEC Future a few days after it was seized by pirates in the Gulf of Aden in November 2008 and communicated the demands of the pirates with officials from the ship's owner, Clipper Group.
The siege lasted more than two months and ended when the pirates settled for $1.7 million instead of their initial demand of $7 million. Ali was arrested in 2011 and remained in custody through his trial.
Our heartfelt condolence goes to the Family, Friends and entire community of Ms. Basra Farah, her self a writer Somali Novalisand sister of the Famous Nuradiin Farah, the well known t. Basra Farah was among 21 people that got killed in Afghanistan by the Taliban while working with the UN in Kabul.
The head of the International Monetary Fund's Afghanistan office and three UN staff of the were also killed in the attack on Friday evening, along with the Lebanese restaurant owner, several Afghans, and two Canadians.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in the well protected district in Kabul where most foreign workers live and work.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the restaurant, killing guards and destroying defences and allowing two gunmen to enter and open fire.
The Foreign Office named one of the British victims as Dhamender Singh Phangurha, who is better known as Del Singh, a Labour candidate for the European elections. The other Briton has been named as Simon Chase from County Londonderry, who was the bodyguard of a Danish, female police officer who was also killed. A spokeswoman said she did not believe there were any other British injuries.
Kabul police chief Mohammad Zahir said the victims included 13 foreigners and eight Afghans; two Britons, two Canadians, a Malaysian, a Dane, a Russian, two Lebanese, a Somali-American and a Pakistani. At least four people were wounded, and about eight Afghans, mostly the kitchen staff, survived.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in reprisal for an Afghan military operation earlier in the week against insurgents in eastern Parwan province, which they said killed many civilians.
"The target of the attack was a restaurant frequented by high-ranking foreigners," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an emailed statement. He said the attack targeted a place "where the invaders used to dine with booze and liquor in the plenty".
The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, paid tribute to Singh: "My thoughts – and the thoughts of the whole Labour party – are with the family and friends of Del Singh who was killed in yesterday's tragic suicide bomb in Kabul.
"People everywhere will be appalled and shocked by this barbarous act of terror deliberately targeting members of the international community living and working in Kabul in the service of the Afghan people.
"Del spent over 10 years carrying out vital work on development projects in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sudan, Sierra Leone and other countries. He dedicated his life to working with people across the world who needed his support."
Labour MP Stella Creasy tweeted: "Shocked to hear of death of del Singh in Kabul – condolences to his family and friends."
William Morrison, managing director of Adam Smith International, Singh's employer, said: "Del was skilled at drawing people together – his presence made meetings flow more smoothly, and helped difficult negotiations reach amicable conclusions. His professionalism, reliability, and irrepressible good humour made him well-known throughout the budget department and the close international community in Kabul. Del was the sort of person who was always welcome in any room or any discussion – it was impossible to be bored or out-of-sorts when Del was around."
Singh's colleague, Malaysian adviser Gnana Nagarajah, was also killed. He was described as possessing a "razor-sharp mind, deep experience, and kind-heartedness". Morrison said: "It was impossible not to love him – for his generosity, which delighted in giving gifts to others and cooking elaborate meals for his friends; for his caring nature, which made him the sort of person who thought the best of everyone and always looked out for the welfare of others; and for his gregariousness, which led him to host parties and surround himself with friends.
"Gnana and Del had this in common: they were an unqualified pleasure to work with, to live with, and to spend time with. It was a profound privilege to have known and befriended them - their death is an enormous loss."
The Canadian foreign affairs minister, John Baird, said two Canadians died in the attack while the US state department said two Americans were killed. None of the four worked for their national governments or armies.
The restaurant's popular owner, Lebanese citizen Kamal Hamade, was among the dead. "VV sad news Kabul. Our dear Lebanese friend Kamal, the kindest of hosts, was killed in Taliban attack," BBC journalist Lyse Doucet said on Twitter.
The IMF said their country head, Lebanese citizen Wabel Abdallah, had worked in Afghanistan since 2008.
The attack will make life increasingly difficult for the foreign agencies, both private and governmental, which administer billions of pounds of aid and development projects in Afghanistan. Most international staff are subject to elaborate security arrangements and defences, which the Taliban have demonstrated can be neutralised when they want. It is possible they will decide that the risks are too great for foreign staff, and end or reduce their projects.
Afghanistan has a presidential election in April and foreign troops are scheduled to leave in 2014.
Friday's attack began with a bomb blast that shook the Wazir Akbar Khan neighbourhood shortly after 7pm, as one attacker detonated his explosives at the restaurant's front gate.
It was followed by more than two hours of sporadic gunfire, as Afghan commandos besieged two other attackers. One of the survivors, Suleiman, who worked as a cook at the restaurant, said he escaped from the gunmen after hearing the explosion outside.
"I went to the roof and stayed with my back to the chimney for two or three hours. Later Afghan police came and took me out," he said.
It was the deadliest day for the UN in Afghanistan in nearly three years. In April 2011 a rioting mob overran a compound in northern Mazar-e-Sharif city, killing three UN workers and four Nepalese security guards. Eighteen months earlier, in autumn 2009, five UN workers were killed in Kabul when gunmen burst into a guesthouse for the organisation's staff.
The deaths had a far-reaching impact on how the UN and many other international organisations worked in the Afghan capital.
Although there are regular attacks on targets in the Afghan capital, it is rare for attackers to make it through rings of security around the city, elude an extensive intelligence network, and strike at a civilian target around the unofficial "green zone" that houses Nato and US embassy headquarters.
A single suicide attacker killed an Afghan family, including a human rights chief, with a bomb at a nearby supermarket three years ago, but security has been tightened since then at most places frequented by the Afghan elite or foreigners.
Friday's target, the Taverna restaurant, was a popular venue usually busy on a Friday. It had armed guards and an air-lock entry system of steel gates, but those precautions would have been little match for a heavily armed suicide squad.
Prime Minister: “Cabinet will work tirelessly for the people of Somalia”
His Excellency Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed today announced his Cabinet of Ministers. The Prime Minister, said:
“I am pleased to announce my Cabinet today after extensive consultations. This Cabinet is representative of all of Somalia, made up of people with the right talents, enthusiasm and dedication to serve the Somali people and take our country forward.
“After a tragic conflict that lasted too long, Somalia has now turned a corner and there is no going back. Somalia now has the opportunity to write a new, positive chapter, in our proud country’s history.
“My Cabinet and I are in no doubt that there are still many complex and difficult challenges ahead. We must continue the fight to eradicate Al-Shabaab from all of Somalia, continue to reform our institutions and public finances, improve and extend public service delivery and continue building a federal Somalia.
“This government will work tirelessly for the people of Somalia, building on the progress made in the last year, to build the new Somalia that we all want to see.”
Full List of Cabinet Ministers:
Ridwan Hirsi Mohamed - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Religious Affairs Abdullahi Godah Barre - Minister of Interior and Federalism Hussein Abdi Halane - Minister of Finance Mohamed Sheikh Hassan - Minister of Defence Abdirahman Duale Beyle - Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdikarim Hussein Guled - Minister of National Security Ahmed Mohamed Gurase - Minister of Education Yusuf Moalin Amin - Minister of Ports and Marine Transport Said Abdullahi Mohamed - Minister of Planning Farah Sh. Abdulkadir Mohamed - Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Jama Ahmed Mohamed - Minister of Energy and Water Mustaf Ali Duhulow - Minister of Information Said Jama Mohamed - Minister of Air & Land Transport Lugman Ismail Ali - Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Mohamud Ibrihim Adan - Minister of Post and Telecommunications Abdi Ahmed Hussein - Minister of Agriculture Khalid Omar Ali - Minister of Sports and Youth Duale Adan Mohamed - Minister of Culture and Higher Education Adan Mohamed Nur - Minister of Industry and Commerce Eng. Nadifo Mohamed Osman - Minister of Public Works and Reconstruction Khadijo Mohamed Diriye - Minister of Women and Human Rights Mohamed Olow Barrow - Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Daud Mohamed Omar - Minister of Mineral Resources Salim Aliyow Ibrow - Minister of Environment and Livestock General Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud - Minister of Health
Mohamud Moalin Yahya - State Minister of Interior and Federalism Abdullahi Ahmed Nur - State Minister of Finance Hamza Mohamed Buri - State Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Mohamed Ali Haga - State Minister of Defence Daud Abdihakim Omar - State Minister of National Security
Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed has today expressed confidence over the ability and the dedication of his new council of ministers to lead the country to a prosperous future.
“I am pleased to announce my Cabinet today after extensive consultations. This Cabinet is representative of all of Somalia, made up of people with the right talents, enthusiasm and dedication to serve the Somali people and take our country forward.” He said in a press release.
He emphasizes that Somalia is now on the right track to a better future after two decades of violence and civil war.
“After a tragic conflict that lasted too long, Somalia has now turned a corner and there is no going back. Somalia now has the opportunity to write a new, positive chapter, in our proud country’s history.” He added.
The prime minister acknowledges the difficult challenges ahead but believes his new cabinet has the right attitude to face these challenges.
“My Cabinet and I are in no doubt that there are still many complex and difficult challenges ahead. We must continue the fight to eradicate Al-Shabaab from all of Somalia, continue to reform our institutions and public finances, improve and extend public service delivery and continue building a federal Somalia.” Ahmed says.
“This government will work tirelessly for the people of Somalia, building on the progress made in the last year, to build the new Somalia that we all want to see.” He concludes.
Mogadishu (terrorfreesomalia) – With the recent appointment of Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed as Somali prime minister a little of hope was restored for the betterment of Somalia. This however has started to be overshadowed by an ongoing disagreement within the Somali parliament regarding whether previous ministers can be included in the new cabinet.
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The Somali parliament has a history of disagreement and feuds, the last one which ended in the removal of former Prime Minister Shirdon after a no-confidence vote early last month. He held his post a little over one year. In addition to that in the last decade the parliament has had ten different prime ministers.
Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed was given thirty days since he assumed office to appoint a new cabinet, however due to speculated internal dissent the Prime Minister required a ten day extension, which will end on the 10th of January. Today the Somali parliament was expected to vote regarding a motion whether the new cabinet could include minister from the former cabinet or not, however before the voting could even proceed twelve MPs objected to this motion citing the fact that it’s unconstitutional do to so and that the Prime Minister had the freedom to chose whom he saw fit. Thus, these few MPs pushed forward another motion promoting that the Prime Minister had the liberty to chose whom we wanted. Surprisingly in the midst of this and instead of debating it, the parliament speaker declared to vote on the two motions themselves. The result, 113 voted in favor of the Prime Minister having the liberty chose whom he wants, even if they were ministers in the previous cabinet, while 99 voted against. To simplify, it seems that the President will be able to choose whomever he wants, even if they were ministers from the previous cabinet.
The whole issue on whether ministers from the previous cabinet can be part of the upcoming cabinet stems from people not trusting some of the ministers whom are close to the President and are often labeled as the “Damul Jadid inner circle”. In fact former General Mohamed Nur Galal who served during the era of Siad Bare has labelled the serving security minister Abdikarim Guled as “being dangerous to security himself”. He further added that “He (Guled) has no knowledge of security, he’s just a schoolteacher, being security minister requires many prerequisites.”
Some sources have suggested that this was an expected move, as they believe that the ministers loyal to the president have been paying and bribing members of parliament to help them stay in power. Members of the parliament who spoke to terror free Somalia on the condition of anonymity said that “there’s still hope to reverse this motion & that this wasn’t the end of it”. They further added that “when the Prime Minister names his cabinet ministers he’ll need at least two thirds of the parliament to agree with him, what we saw today was way less than that, to add to that we doubt the people would want to see same the same ministers again whom doubt had been cast on.”
With current political differences and reports of further motions regarding the same issue, it seems as if Somalia is in for yet another bumpy ride.
An Afghan national is among al Shabaab leaders killed in Thursday evening's attack by the Kenya Defence Force jets on the militant group's training camp in Gedo region.
Khaild Abu Abdrahaman, an Afghan mortar training expert, died in the KDF air strike attack according to Major Emmanuel Chirchir.
"Courtesy call on al Shabaab confirms. A mortar training expert from Afghanistan Khalid Abu Abdrahaman among the dead in the recent attack," Chirchir tweeted yesterday.
He had earlier tweeted that the al Shabaab leader Ali Godane narrowly escaped death when he left the meeting point 30 minutes before the attack.
KDF Operations Information officer Colonel Cyrus Oguna said the air strike killed 30 al Shabaab fighters in Garbarahey area in Gedo, Somalia.
"On January 9 at 1800hrs at Garbarahey in Gedo region of Somalia, KDF fighter jets attacked an al Shabaab camp during a meeting. Initial battle damage assessment indicates that more than 30 al Shabaab militants were killed including key commanders. Scores of others escaped with multiple injuries. More than five vehicles and key assets were destroyed," Oguna's report said.
The air strike comes after the KDF conducted a changeover in October, which saw the return of its previous troops, who had spent a year in Somalia.
Mogadishu, the war-battered Somali capital, can easily pick signs of an impending terrorist strike, especially after a lull in fierce fighting off the streets, a PANA Correspondent reported from here, quoting security experts.
PANA said that in the absence of street battles, less common since the ouster of the Al Shabaab from the capital, agents of Mogadishu’s security resort to routine checks for small weapons and Al Shabaab remnants.
The security agents, including members of the Somali Police and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Police component, know their would-be attackers are often the unlikely lads, aged 10-14 years, who make up the Al Shabaab’s bomb-throwing squad.
The Al Shabaab has been undergoing tactical transformations since losing control over key revenue sources. In Kismayu, the Southern port city alone, the Al Shabaab was estimated to have lost upto US$ 50 million a year in port revenues which it used to finance its fight.
Security analysts say operational restructuring within the group over the past few years have largely prepared the group for a long-drawn insurgency in urban centres.
Al Shabaab’s Supreme Commander, Sheikh Ahmed Abdi Godane, (Muktar Abu Zubeyr), deputized by Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, has largely centralized the group’s command, concentrating power around him and close allies within his spy network, known as the Amniyat.
Through the Amniyat, the Al Shabaab’s intelligence wing, the group is able to infiltrate highly secure government agencies, the Police and the military, gathering operational information. It is said the Al Shabaab leader also uses the Amniyat to improve his own personal protection.
US counter-terrorism analyst, Andrew McGregor, speaking at the seventh Annual Terrorism Conference at the Jamestown Foundation, said the Al Shabaab is undergoing a tactical transformation that would ensure it survives much longer even after losing ground.
The Al Shabaab branded 2013 as its year of the Westgate and vowed it would carry out a major strike this year, targeting a head of state of one of the East African countries in 2014.
'The Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi and a series of terrorist strikes in Somalia suggest that Al Shabaab is undergoing a tactical and organizational shift designed to centralize command of the movement as it de-emphasised guerrilla warfare in favour of suicide bombings, assassinations and other terrorist operations,' McGregor said.
Al Shabaab carried out 550 terrorist attacks, killing 1,600 people and wounding 2,100 others between 2007 and 2012, according to US State Department-sponsored University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism (START).
The attacks rose from below 10 in 2007 to 200 in 2012, according to START’s 2013 report.
'Eliminating or even restricting Shabaab's sources of financing will do much to diminish their military strength...as we have seen throughout this conflict, there is a certain mobility on the part of fighters when either side has demonstrated an inability to meet its payroll.'
It is believed the Amniyat was responsible for much of the planning of the Westgate attack, which killed 67 people and wounded 200 people in a four-day-long siege.
Apart from intelligence gathering, the Amniyat units also carry out assassinations and bombing missions against opponents of the Al Shabaab. The group is also backed by a military wing, known as Jabhad, currently estimated to have force strength of 5,000 soldiers.
Hizb, the Police Unit, is thought to be less active since the group lost most of the territory it previously controlled, but its controls over Barawe, its last major urban centre, still makes it possible for the Police Unit and the Amniyat to continue trade.
Despite intensified series of air strikes, the Al Shabaab’s fighting force survived by avoiding direct military confrontation. It mostly avoided the fierce military offensive from a ruthless strike by Ethiopian forces in early 2007, when it operated under a different banner.
In Mogadishu, its fighters bowed out to a sustained military campaign by an African Union-led force, but resorted to a series of bombings, targeting senior members of the Somali government.
To disapprove its enemies that the strikes in Mogadishu had weakened the group, the Al Shabaab carried out a deadly attack against the UN Compound in Mogadishu in June 2013, killing 22 people.
It also carried out a suicide bomb attack at the Maka al Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu, on 8 Novovember, 2013, killing six people. Another attack on Beledweyne police station on 19 November followed by gun assault killed 28 people.
AMISOM’s former Force Commander General Andrew Gutti said the AU’s major gains in the war against the Al Shabaab, followed after his forces lured the Islamist fighters from densely populated areas and subjected it to urban warfare.
When the first contingent of AMISOM arrived in Mogadishu, the Al Shabaab fighters met them with a series of roadside bombs, which killed several members of the Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), the first such armed unit to arrive in Mogadishu at the time after 16 years.
An AMISOM Squadron Commander recalled the Ugandan troops taking heavy fire from the Islamists in 2007, at the time, hiding in abandoned government buildings and abandoned Palaces.
Commanded by provincial commanders, the Al Shabaab has five military divisions. In 2012, it re-organised its command structure to improve military tactics.
Somali government officials say their strategy against the Al Shabaab in 2014 will focus on the prevention of attacks at public places, restaurants, strengthen the military, training more military commanders, and seizure of more territory from the Al Shabaab, declared a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in February 2008.
However, security analysts consider the Al Shabaab’s guerrilla tactics, roadside bombs, remote controlled bombs as the last phase of its insurgency.
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President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,
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Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
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Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
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
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.
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.
The Foundation is dedicated to networking like-minded Somalis opposed to the terrorist insurgency that is plaguing our beloved homeland and informing the international public at large about what is really happening throughout the Horn of Africa region.
We Are Winning the War on Terrorism in Horn of Africa
The threat is from violent extremists who are a small minority of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims, the threat is real. They distort Islam. They kill man, woman and child; Christian and Hindu, Jew and Muslim. They seek to create a repressive caliphate. To defeat this enemy, we must understand who we are fighting against, and what we are fighting for.