U.S. Welcomes Joint AMISOM-Somali National Army Efforts Against al-Shabaab

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 12, 2014 The AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops working jointly with the Somali National Army have liberated several towns from al-Shabaab in Western Somalia. These efforts will help spread … [Read more...]

SOMALIA: Turkish Airlines diverts to Nairobi after security scare in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU — A carrier operated by Turkish Airlines left its Somali passengers stranded in the wrong airport after landing in Kenya rather than their intended destination of Aden Adde airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Friday. The confusion, an airport official says, stems from security measures … [Read more...]

Three Somali ministers among 19 dead in suicide blast

More than 60 people were injured in the blast, some of them seriously. Several ministers from the UN-backed government were attending the ceremony when the explosion went off. Most of the victims were students. Somali president Sharif Sheik Ahmed accused the Al-Qaeda inspired insurgents of being … [Read more...]

Ethiopia says final Somalia pullout under way

The final phase of Ethiopia's troop pullout from neighbouring Somalia comes at a time of deep political confusion and in the dying stages of US President George W. Bush's administration, Addis Ababa's staunchest ally. "We have already started to implement our withdrawal plan. It will take some more … [Read more...]

Somalia faces collapse as Ethiopia plans troop withdrawal

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Ethiopia announced Friday that is pulling its forces from Somalia by year's end, leaving the ravaged capital vulnerable to the Islamic militants who have seized nearly all of the country. The decision ends the unpopular two-year presence of the key U.S. ally much as it … [Read more...]

The Army in Somalia: Is it TPLF’s or Ethiopian Army?

In particular, after the outrageous June and Nov/05 massacre of innocent civilians by Meles’ Agazzi Force, it becomes an undisputed fact that, not only ordinary foot soldiers but also so many high-ranking Army Generals and Officers are defecting from being suspended, held incommunicado and killed by … [Read more...]

Why it has to be a choice of the lesser of two evils

In the seventies, it was a choice between various shade of revolutionary dictators, in the eighties and nineties, it was a choice between a brutal dictator and ethnic warlords. Now we are facing a choice between psychopathic dictator and fanatic Sheikh. The situation gets complicated as some say … [Read more...]