SOMALIA: The Final Offensive ‎

July 27, 2012

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The UN investigators are proving embarrassing to Somali and Kenyan leaders. Both countries are reported to be very corrupt, even to extent to keeping known Islamic terrorist supporters (usually leading clerics) out of jail in Kenya and leading to leaders of the TNG (Transitional National Government) of stealing 70 percent of the foreign aid sent […]

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Drone operations over Somalia pose danger to air traffic

July 27, 2012

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UNITED NATIONS – With so many drones zipping around Somalia, the air traffic in the region faces a dangerous situation, and their use also violate a 1992 arms embargo against the war-torn country, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing United Nations officials. The newspaper cited a recently completed report in which UN officials describe several […]

Somalia’s Draft Constitution: Too Undemocratic?

July 4, 2012

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The peace and reconciliation process in Somalia has entered a critical juncture. A new constitution, drafted with the help of the United Nations Development Programme, is scheduled to be adopted in the next few weeks. It is hoped that the new constitution will help deliver peace to a country ravaged by more than two decades […]

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Occupy Somalia

May 22, 2012

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Best hope for peace is for UN to break up the country The EU Naval Force made headlines this week by blasting a pirate base on Somali shores and pirate ships out of Somali waters. The well-publicized and logical rationale for the navy’s aggressive new stance: Somali piracy costs the world economy an estimated US$7-billion […]

Kenya’s security forces losing the battle for Somali hearts and minds

May 22, 2012

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I am glad that Charles Onyango-Obbo had the gumption to ask the “elephant-in-the room” question in his report on military actions in Somalia published in the EastAfrican last week: When does the Kenya Defence Force plan to capture the Al Shabaab-controlled city of Kismayu? Ever since Operation Linda Nchi started in October last year, Kenyans […]

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U.S. trains African soldiers for Somalia mission

May 15, 2012

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The heart of the Obama administration’s strategy for fighting al-Qaeda militants in Somalia can be found next to a cow pasture here, a thousand miles from the front lines. Under the gaze of American instructors, gangly Ugandan recruits are taught to carry rifles, dodge roadside bombs and avoid shooting one another by accident. In one obstacle […]

EU carries out first air strikes against Somali pirates

May 15, 2012

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The European Union naval force patrolling the Indian Ocean on Tuesday carried out its first air strikes against pirate targets on shore, with a pirate reporting that the raid destroyed speed boats, fuel depots and an arms store. Bile Hussein, a pirate commander, said Tuesday the attack on Handulle village in the Mudug region of […]