The State of State-Building
[IRIN]Nairobi -A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence.
Al-Shabaab Stones to Death Somali Teenager
[Sabahi]Al-Shabaab has stoned to death 18-year-old Hassan Ahmed Ali Tuesday (October 21st) in a village near Sablale in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.
IJA Forces Kill Five Al-Shabaab Fighters
[Sabahi]Interim Jubbaland Administration (IJA) forces killed five al-Shabaab fighters during Tuesday night (October 21st) clashes in Lower Jubba region, Somalia's Garowe Online reported.
Somalia Asks Sierra Leone Troops Be Excluded From Amisom Rotation
[Sabahi]Somali leaders have asked that troops from Sierra Leone be excluded from African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) rotations due to the threat of Ebola, Somalia's RBC Radio reported Wednesday (October 23rd).
Forced Returns of Somalis to Al-Shabaab Areas Can Amount to 'Death Sentences'
[AI London]London -The Netherlands' repeated attempts to argue for the forcible return of Somalis to areas controlled by the Islamist armed group al-Shabaab exposes them to grave risks of human rights abuses and would be a blatant violation of international law, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today.
African Union Probes Rape Allegations
[Sabahi]The African Union (AU) has authorised an investigation team to probe allegations that African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) soldiers raped women and girls as young as 12 and traded food for sex in Somalia.
In Response to Monitoring Group On Somalia and Eritrea
[Dalsan Radio]My name is Musa Haji Mohamed "Ganjab". I am a Somali businessman and an active member of the Somali Diaspora community. I have spent all of my adult life working tirelessly to help Somalis prosper and succeed. Since 2001, I have been actively engaged as a concerned private citizen to help organize and rebuild a functioning central government in Somalia, as well as the related political and civic institutions that are vital to bringing our country out of its prolonged period of anarchy.
Danish Opposition Parties Wants Government to Stop Aiding Kenya
[Dalsan Radio]Diplomatic disputes between Kenya and Denmark increased overwhelmingly after Kenya rejected call by the Danish opposition parties wanting their government to set up more refugee camps in Kenya where Somali refugees from Denmark would be settled.
AMISON Troops Shoot Innocent Elders
[Dalsan Radio]Yesterday evening, AMISOM troops killed three innocent elders in Marka town. This was a very painful incident. Those were not just elders but were peace makers (nabad doono) as well.
Minister Ridwan Hirsi Mohamed Chairs a Unique Security Meeting
[Dalsan Radio]National Security Commission held a unique security meeting last night. The meeting was one of its kinds and was chaired by the Minister for Religious Affairs and Endowment Hon. Ridwan Hirsi Mohamed who is also the Deputy PM.
Kenyan Police - We Caught Significant Alshabaab Leader
[Dalsan Radio]The Kenyan police in Mwingi said yesterday that they caught one of the most wanted leaders of Alshabaab. The Daily Nation newspaper reported that police said they caught Mohamed Abdiwahab who was wanted by Anti Terror Police Unit.
Counter-Piracy Warships From EU Naval Force and Nato Meet At Sea in the Gulf of Aden and ESPS Navarra Strengthens Relationships With Local Seafarers
[EU Navfor]On Saturday 18 October sailors from EU Naval Force Spanish frigate, ESPS Navarra, embarked in the Danish frigate HDMS Esbern Snare. The Danish frigate is part of NATO's counter-piracy operation, Ocean Shield.
Somalia's South-Western State Panel Completes Draft Constitution
[Sabahi]A Somali government-chartered committee charged with forming a three-region South-western State has completed the draft of an interim constitution, committee spokesperson Mohamed Hassan Fiqi said Tuesday (October 21st).
Somali Intelligence Agency Seizes Mogadishu Garage
[Sabahi]Somalia's National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISA) seized a garage in Mogadishu's Warta Nabada district early Tuesday (October 21st) after an overnight explosion gutted a car parked inside, Somalia's Garowe Online reported.
After the Fall of Barawe, Al-Shabaab and Somali Government Face New Reality
[Sabahi]Before the Somali National Army and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops liberated Barawe from al-Shabaab earlier this month, the port town had in recent years developed increasingly as a strategic headquarters for the militant group.
Somali, Amisom Police Meet With Civil Society Groups
[Sabahi]Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) police met with civil society groups in Mogadishu on Tuesday (October 21st) to promote greater co-operation between the police and the public.
UN Delegation Assesses Conditions in Barawe
[Sabahi]A United Nations delegation arrived in Barawe Tuesday (October 21st) to evaluate the security and humanitarian situation after Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops ousted al-Shabaab from the town, Somalia's Goobjoog News reported.
A UK Fact-Finding Mission in Somaliland
[Ethiopia Government]A press statement issued by the Somaliland President's Office on Monday (October 20) said Somaliland Vice President, Abdirahman Abddullahi Ismail "Saylici" and other ministers had met with a UK fact finding mission, headed by Lynne Featherstone, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary for International Development.
The Council of the European Union Meets On Somalia
[Ethiopia Government]Following a meeting on Somalia, the EU Foreign Affairs Council issued a statement on Monday (October 20) welcoming the political and security progress made in Somalia since the signing of the Somali Compact during the Brussels New Deal Conference for Somalia in September last year. It also welcomed the steps taken to implement the Government's 'Vision 2016: Framework for Action' plan, but noted that further efforts would be needed to meet its ambitious timeline.
Somali Parliament Holds Discussion On the Country's Upcoming Political Parties
[Ethiopia Government]The Somali Federal Parliament on Sunday held a special session to discuss the creation of political parties and consider the drafting a law on political parties in advance of the elections due in 2016. A parliamentary sub-committee on political parties and elections gave a presentation on the structure of the political parties and the elections on 2016.