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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting a thermonuclear conflict and destroying the majority of the world population is what they want, at least one major faction of London-centered financiers. I know how crazy it sound for us, normal human being, but don’t forget that they are most certainly not and think of themselves as new Olympians.

The other faction just want to slowly suffocate us in the imposed bullshit unnecessary austerity and let us die off on our own without poisoning the earth atmosphere with radiation for centuries to come.

Which way do you prefer to go?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leon
"Starting a thermonuclear conflict and destroying the majority of the world population is what they want, "

Using Tarpley "they" will be the "oligarchs"? Can you give us link for that to Tarpley's site?

Leon
"at least one major faction of London-centered financiers."

And another link here? So we can get the full picture of what we are facing.

(I am pretty sure we will find Tarpley is an insider like Christopher Story. Brzezinski knows too much, George Friedman knows to much, and Tarpley also knows too much? Let us not assume everything, likeTarpley being completely honest)

They cannot dominate media without some personalities as "ankers" . Let us identify these foxies....
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Britain leads dash to explore for oil in war-torn Somalia

Government offers humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in country's future energy industry

Mark Townsend and Tariq Abdinasir
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 25 February 2012 21.04 GMT



Engineers and visitors tour an exploratory well in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region. Photograph: Reuters

Britain is involved in a secret high-stakes dash for oil in Somalia, with the government offering humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in the beleaguered country's future energy industry.

Riven by two decades of conflict that have seen the emergence of a dangerous Islamic insurgency, Somalia is routinely described as the world's most comprehensively "failed" state, as well as one of its poorest. Its coastline has become a haven for pirates preying on international shipping in the Indian Ocean.

David Cameron last week hosted an international conference on Somalia, pledging more aid, financial help and measures to tackle terrorism. The summit followed a surprise visit by the foreign secretary, William Hague, to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, where he talked about "the beginnings of an opportunity'' to rebuild the country.

The Observer can reveal that, away from the public focus of last week's summit, talks are going on between British officials and Somali counterparts over exploiting oil reserves that have been explored in the arid north-eastern region of the country. Abdulkadir Abdi Hashi, minister for international cooperation in Puntland, north-east Somalia – where the first oil is expected to be extracted next month – said: "We have spoken to a number of UK officials, some have offered to help us with the future management of oil revenues. They will help us build our capacity to maximise future earnings from the oil industry."

British involvement in the future Somali oil industry would be a boon for the UK economy and comes at a time when the world is increasingly concerned about the actions of Iran, the second-biggest oil producer in Opec.

Hashi, in charge of brokering deals for the region's oil reserves, also said Somalia was looking to BP as the partner they wanted to "help us explore and build our oil capacity". He added: "We need those with the necessary technical knowhow, we plan to talk to BP at the right time."

Somali prime minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said his government had little choice but to entice western companies to Somalia by offering a slice of the country's natural resources, which include oil, gas and large reserves of uranium. "The only way we can pay [western companies] is to pay them in kind, we can pay with natural resources at the fair market value."

Britain is not the only country looking to develop Somalia's vast natural resources. Last month oil exploration began in Puntland by the Canadian company Africa Oil, the first drilling in Somalia for 21 years. Hashi, who sealed the Africa Oil deal, said the first oil was expected to be extracted within the next "20 to 30 days".

The company estimates there could be up to 4bn barrels (about $500bn worth at today's prices) in its two drilling plots. Other surveys indicate that Puntland province alone has the potential to yield 10bn barrels, placing it among the top 20 countries holding oil. Chinese and US firms are among those understood to have also voiced interest about the potential for oil now that, for the first time in 20 years, the country is safe enough to drill.

Yet it is the extent of oil deposits beneath the Indian Ocean that is most exciting Somali officials. One said the potential was comparable to that of Kuwait, which has more than 100bn barrels of proven oil reserves. If true, the deposits would eclipse Nigeria's reserves – 37.2bn barrels – and make Somalia the seventh largest oil-rich nation.

The state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation has tried to acquire an interest in Somalia's reserves. Senior officials from the Somali transitional government are adamant that the imminent extraction of oil in Puntland next month would kickstart a scramble from the multinationals.

On Thursday, the last day of the London conference, BP and Shell unveiled an initiative to support job-creation projects in the coastal regions of Somalia. A subsidiary of Shell was thought to have acquired exploration concessions in Puntland before the descent into lawlessness in 1991.

A BP spokesman said there were "no plans" to work in Somalia and no official had recently visited the country.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/25/britain-oil-dash-somalia

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/25/somalia-alshabaab-oil-west



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Somalia’s President: Still the ‘best hope,’ or leader of a failed state?



Somali President Sheikh Sharif Shiekh Ahmed addressed world leaders this week at the United Nations, asking for international support for his war-torn country. MICHELLE SHEPHARD/TORONTO STAR

LONDON—There was a time when Somalia’s future rested on the shoulders of Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the trim and bespectacled Sufi scholar appointed president three years ago and the leader busy greeting visitors this weekend in suite 309 of his Park Lane hotel.

Sharif had come to London for Thursday’s conference on Somalia — a gathering of world leaders from 55 countries, hosted by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron — which catapulted the East African nation on to the world stage.

On Saturday night, the lobby of the Grosvenor House where Sharif stayed was crowded with a British delegation of Somalis from Kismayo, a hotly contested port city on Somalia’s southern coast.

They had been there most of the day and were getting impatient, having waited hours to have a word with their president.

By the time Sharif was whisked in with his team of British security agents, there was only an hour left before he had to depart for Heathrow Airport and his flight home. His stressed advisers were keen not to turn the group away without at least a handshake and a nod.

“London traffic,” one of Sharif’s team explained to the group and apologized that our interview, now 2.5 hours late, would have to be cut to five minutes (it lasted 10).

Osman Abdi, a businessman who worked with oil company Chevron in southern Somalia in the mid-1980s, was among those waiting, but unlike the others, he was not here to cheer Sharif on.

“Some people just blame Western powers for the problems of Somalia, but I blame ourselves. It’s our land and we should run it properly,” Abdi said.

“The people who run the country now are not properly qualified. I’m sorry to say that the most corrupt leaders are the ones now. . . not just them, but the people around them.”

It is not an uncommon refrain among Somalis fed up with the ineptitude of the Transitional Federal Government Sharif heads — particularly upset that Sharif was a part of the political squabbling that led to the dismissal of the country’s popular former prime minister last year.

Sharif has been described as everything from a political chameleon who acquiesces to outside pressures from the West, United Nations or neighbouring countries or, alternatively, as a well-intentioned, but hapless leader at the mercy of corrupt Somali backers.

Time will judge his popularity, since one consensus of last week’s conference was that Somalia’s TFG would come to an end in August and the country would prepare for elections.

Sharif confirmed in our brief interview Saturday that he intends to run for the presidency once the TFG’s term expires.

“Why not?” he said in Somali. “Like any other, I have the right to contest.”

But while Sharif was a much-sought figure among Somalis here, he did not figure prominently in last week’s conference, breaking with a past focus on his leadership.

In 2006, as head of Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union, Washington regarded him warily, while in southern and central Somalia he was feted for the security the ICU restored. “There is light at the end of the tunnel,” he told me in an interview in Mogadishu just two months before Ethiopia invaded to oust the ICU, plunging Somalia into two years of war.

With Ethiopia’s withdrawal in 2009 and Sharif’s appointment to the head of the new TFG, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared him the “best hope” for Somalia in years.

But what has he accomplished? Allegations of corruption continue to plague the TFG, last year’s famine killed an estimated 29,000 children, and while the Shabab’s power is largely diminished, it is thanks mainly to the presence of an African Union force and offensive led by neighbouring Kenya.

“We came at a really bad time, a hard situation and there have been lots of obstacles,” Sharif said.

Unlike Abdi, Sharif does blame foreign powers for Somalia’s woes.

“We believe that a lot of money has been generated in the name of Somalia, but it never reaches government shores, never comes into the hands of the Somali government, or the people,” he says, to allegations of corruption within his ranks, saying the theft extends back to donor countries.

When asked what he believed what was the most important result of the conference, Sharif replied: “That the Somali process has to be supported (and) the Somali armed forces had to be built, because, ultimately, they’ll have to take over security.”

The African Union force of Ugandan and Burundi troops secured Mogadishu last year and on the eve of the conference pushed the Shabab, the Al Qaeda-linked group, from their stronghold in Baidoa. The mission, known as AMISOM, expanded last week to include Kenyan forces and an increase of troops to almost 18,000.

Sharif, who at first opposed Kenya’s incursion last year, said he supported the initiative since the Kenyans will now be operated under the AU.

“One of the objections we had was that they needed a mandate when they came into the country,” he said.

The battle with the Shabab will drive much of the ensuing peace process.

Shabab leaders were not invited to the conference and the group’s spokesperson said the meeting smacked of colonization, telling London journalist Jamal Osman that “your peace depends on us being left alone.”

Sharif has called for negotiations with some of the group’s members opposed to the recent merger with Al Qaeda, but denied rumours that government officials were involved in meetings purportedly underway in Qatar.

“If Qatar is able to find people within those elements that are going to stop their Al Qaeda ways and are ready to negotiate and be part of the Somali process, then of course, by all means (we’ll be involved),” he said.

“But that is not the case.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1137026--somalia-s-president-still-the-best-hope-or-leader-of-a-failed-state?bn=1

http://www.channel4.com/news/your-peace-depends-on-us-being-left-alone

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Nervously, world powers eye greater Somalia action

Somalia might still be described as the "world's worst failed state", but international enthusiasm for involvement there is ticking up to levels not seen since the 1994 withdrawal of international peacekeepers.

Following the October 1993 "Blackhawk Down" debacle in which 18 US servicemen and well over a thousand Somalis died in a botched Mogadishu battle, world powers have largely left Somalia to anarchy, chaos and conflict. Some estimates suggest more than a million people may have died since Somalia's last government collapsed in 1991.

But Thursday's London conference on Somalia -- which brought together representatives of more than 40 countries including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon -- appeared to be the latest sign that approach might be beginning to shift, Reuters reports.

Officials say growing worries over Somalia becoming perhaps the leading global haven for Islamist militancy and the rising cost of Somali piracy -- estimated to cost the global economy some $7 billion a year -- helped spur action.

"For two decades politicians in the West have too often dismissed the problems in Somalia as simply too difficult and too remote to deal with," British Prime Minister David Cameron told the summit. "Engagement has been sporadic and half-hearted. That fatalism has failed Somalia. And it has failed the international community too."

But with the capital Mogadishu largely under transitional government and peacekeeper control, Islamist group Al Shabaab on the back foot and apparent if largely unexpected progress against piracy and a regional hunger crisis, a cautious optimism is also driving involvement.

The examples of semi-independent and relatively stable enclaves such as Somaliland and other non-Al Shabaab held areas -- and now perhaps Mogadishu itself -- are boosting international hopes the country might not be as ungovernable as previously feared.

"We are moving Somalia from the "too difficult" box into the "difficult" box," said one Western official.

While many officials, analysts and Somalis themselves remain sceptical, leaders such as Britain's Cameron and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan appear increasingly to see the country as an arena on which they can show global and personal leadership.

CHANGING THE LANDSCAPE?

In August, Erdogan became the first non-African leader in years to visit the country, part of a wider strategy positioning Turkey as a growing regional and global power. Turkish firms have also begun major reconstruction projects in the country including an airport, spurring Somali hope other investors from other countries will now follow.

Whilst United Nations and Western diplomats -- and indeed Somalia's government itself -- have largely based themselves in neighbouring Kenya, Turkey has opened relief camps within Somalia and an embassy in Mogadishu.

Others now look set to follow.

The UN is already relocating its political office to Mogadishu, while Britain said it was also looking to reopen its long-closed embassy. U.S. Secretary of State Clinton was more noncommittal, but she too talked of moving to a "more permanent" U.S. diplomatic presence in the country.

Attendees at the summit made it clear Somalia's current internationally-backed transitional government was expected to stand down when its mandate expires in August. In its place, foreign officials hope, will be a new government that should be more representative and accountable, drawing up a new constitution.

"The August deadline probably isn't realistic," said Adjoa Anyimadu, a researcher and Somali specialist at London-based think tank Chatham House. "But the idea of a government chosen by Somalis rather than the international community is a good one. We're almost certainly not talking true democratic elections at this stage but any more accountable process is better... And there's no doubt the international community is more confident than it was on Somalia "

British officials say that while the London conference did not yield any one particular breakthrough or agreement, it did help speed activity on a range of fronts necessary to build on recent successes.

Indian Ocean nations agreed several steps to tackle piracy, moving to track the payment of ransoms and pin down pirate kingpins as well as setting up new agreements by which countries in the region would try and imprison pirates captured at sea.

Successful hijackings of merchant ships fell sharply in the second half of 2011 largely due to greater use of private armed guards and a more aggressive approach by naval forces, international maritime officials say.

There were also multiple new pledges of humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa. Aid agencies say malnutrition and hunger remained widespread there, but that a robust and rapid response to last year's drought staved off more serious starvation.

HEIGHTENED MILITARY INTERVENTION

But 18 years after U.S. and UN peacekeepers mounted their humiliating retreat, there is also growing apparent appetite for heightened military intervention.

A British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution agreed the expansion of the African Union AMISOM mission from 12,000 to a surprisingly precise 17,731. That figure would include new Sierra Leonean and Ugandan troops, a senior U.S. State Department official said, as well as placing thousands of Kenyan troops already in the country under AU command.

Troops from Ethiopia -- which fought a controversial US-backed campaign against Somali Islamists between 2006 and 2009 -- also re-entered the country late last year and this week captured the key southern town of Baidoa alongside Somali forces. Ethiopian troops will not come under the AU mission and say they will withdraw once stability is restored.

Somalia's transitional government would clearly like more support. In interviews and during the conference itself, Somali Prime Minister Abdiwell Mohammed Ali said repeatedly that he would welcome foreign air strikes against Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab targets providing there were no collateral civilian casualties. Al Shabaab recently announced it was allying itself to Al Qaeda.

Secretary of State Clinton bluntly rejected the call, saying that whilst she was no military strategist she knew enough to know that such strikes would be "a bad idea". Instead, she pledged a tougher line on enforcement of sanctions -- particularly blocking charcoal exports to Middle Eastern countries believed a major source of Al Shabaab funding.

But early on Friday, Somali officials said there did appear to have been an airstrike in southern Somalia -- perhaps one of the largest so far -- killing at least three foreign Al Shabaab fighters. Analysts say that while it is not entirely clear who launched that or previous similar strikes, U.S. unmanned drones appear the most likely suspects.

"In many ways, I think I was more confident before the summit," said Anyimadu at Chatham House. "All this emphasis on security and talk of airstrikes -- there's a real risk we will simply repeat the mistakes of the past."

http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23874:nervously-world-powers-eye-greater-somalia-action&catid=54:Governance&Itemid=118

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/somalias-so-called-peace-does-not-spare-its-childrens-suffering/story-fnb64oi6-1226283224434




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No smiling in that image.

So, what has Hillary said to Cameron?

Tut tut David you know the US are in Somalia and we can live with the situation there. What is your game?
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they are telling us the reason, well part of it anyway, that there is no centralised government in somalia, there is no one to deal with, this must be resolved in such a strategic location that is tied to so many economic and geopolitical projects, if we have no one we can deal with ,then there is a problem, either the dictator must be removed for the good of the people,or democracy must be instigated for the good of the people , the list goes on ,you know the script its on tv every night. and not only that we cant have a location as a rallying point for fighters against these ideas if it ever prevailed, we must have a survailance programme initiated through a repressive police force to keep control on the ground. this is basic stuff.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not covered in the MSM:

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Scores killed in US drone attack in Somalia



Photo shows the US spy drone that crashed near Halane military base in southern Mogadishu on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

A US assassination drone has killed scores of people in an attack on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Press TV reports.


Also on Tuesday night, the unmanned American spy planes attacked a number of targets in southern Mogadishu.

In another incident a US spy drone crashed near Halane military base in southern Mogadishu.

Somali officials confirmed that the US drone crashed on Wednesday in the southern part of the capital.

The American military has also used the unmanned aircraft in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. Washington claims the airstrikes target militants but they mostly result in civilian casualties.

Somalia has been without an effective central government and descended into chaos since 1991, when warlords overthrew former junta ruler Mohamed Siad Barre.

Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.

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http://www.presstv.com/detail/229260.html





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Radio Somaliweyn director gunned down in Mogadishu



Radio Somaliweyn director Abukar Hassan Kadaf (file photo)

The director of a private Somali radio station has been killed in Mogadishu, Press TV reports.

Three gunmen shot Abukar Hassan Kadaf, the director of Radio Somaliweyn, several times in the head in front of his home in Mogadishu's Wadajir district on Tuesday.

“Kadaf was shot dead by the gunmen... He was rushed to Mogadishu’s Medina hospital but pronounced dead upon arrival,” local journalist Muhiyadin Hassan told Press TV.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killing. Hassan, however, blamed the al-Shabab militant group for the terrorist attack.

Radio Somaliweyn is an independent station based in north Mogadishu. The radio station was attacked in 2010 by al-Shabab rebels, who stole a transmitter and a computer.

Kadaf was the second journalist murdered in Mogadishu this year.

On January 28, 2012, two men armed with pistols shot Hassan Osman Abdi, the managing director of Radio Shabelle, as he was heading home from work. Abdi, who was also known as Hassan Fantastic, died on the spot.

Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since 1991, is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.

Reporters Without Borders (Reporteurs Sans Frontieres), reported in December 2011 that 25 journalists had been killed in Somalia since 2007.

MN/HGL

http://www.presstv.com/detail/229171.html



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3 die in Mogadishu stadium bombing



A Somali government soldier looks at the wreckage of a car bomb that detonated inside the compound of the police central investigations department in Mogadishu, Feb. 17, 2012.


Three spectators have been killed and at least eight people injured in a bomb attack at a football stadium in the Somali capital Mogadishu, Press TV reports.

Witnesses said that two improvised explosive devices were detonated at Minishipio Stadium in the Wardhigley district, which is located in the central area of the capital, at around 5:00 p.m. local time on Monday.

The bombs went off shortly before the football match was about to begin and just as spectators started to take their seats.

Colonel Mohamed Salaad Abdi told the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu that Somali troops reached the scene immediately after the blast and rushed the injured to the hospital.

Several government officials were also scheduled to attend the match, which was eagerly anticipated by the city’s sports fans.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

GJH/MF/HGL

http://www.presstv.com/detail/228984.html

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Heavy clashes claim 25 lives in south Somalia



Members of the al-Shabab militant group hold their weapons in Somalia's capital Mogadishu. (File photo)

At least twenty-five people have been killed and scores of others injured in the latest clashes between government-allied Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a militiamen backed by Transitional Federal Government (TFG) soldiers and al-Shabab fighters in south Somalia, Press TV reports.


The victims lost their lives in bitter clashes that erupted late on Wednesday after al-Shabab militants attacked a number of bases manned by Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a militia fighters and government forces in Garbaharey town, the capital of Gedo region and situated 528 kilometers (328 miles) southwest of the country’s capital Mogadishu.

The bloody skirmishes continued for the entire Wednesday night until the crack of dawn on Thursday.

Somali military officials said that government forces have repelled al-Shabab attacks, killing 22 militants.

“Al-Shabab attacked our bases last night and today. However, we defeated them and we are in full control of the town. We killed 22 al-Shabab militants and lost three of our soldiers,” Mohamed Abdi Kalil, a Somali military commander in Gedo, told Press TV.

However al-Shabab commander in Gedo region dismissed Abdi Kalil’s remarks, saying his fighters are still fighting in Garbaharey.

“We have killed dozens of TFG soldiers and a number of their chief officers. Our fighters are still fighting against their enemies,” Sheikh Abbas Abdullahi said.

Meanwhile, witnessed said that Mohamud Siyad Aden, a Somali lawmaker, has sustained injuries after he was caught in the crossfire between government forces and al-Shabab militants in Garbaharey.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The weak Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab fighters for the past five years and is propped up by a 12,000-strong African Union force consisting of troops from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti. [AKA the UK/USA.]

MP/JR

http://www.presstv.com/detail/229453.html

http://www.presstv.com/detail/227519.html




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9 killed in battle between Puntland forces and al-Shabab militants



Al-Shabab militant parade during a demonstration to announce their integration with al-Qaeda in Elasha town, south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on February 13, 2012.

Sun Mar 4, 2012 12:18AM

Heavy fighting between local government troops and militants has left at least nine people dead in the autonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia.


Al-Shabab militants attacked a checkpoint manned by soldiers of Puntland's government on Friday night, and fighting continued until the crack of dawn on Saturday.

“We first attacked their checkpoint near Bosasso last night. Then this morning they attacked us at Baliqadar, 40 kilometers (24 miles) to the east of Bosasso. We also burnt three of their armed vehicles using landmines," al-Shabab military spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab said.

He also claimed that al-Shabab militants had killed 32 Puntland soldiers, and three of their own fighters had lost their lives in the battle.

However, local officials reported a lower death toll.

"We received nine dead people and six others were wounded. These include five dead bodies of al-Shabab and three other injured ones, who are being kept in the hospital by police," Abdiqadir Mohamud, a doctor at Bosasso Hospital, said.

In January 2011, Puntland's authorities issued a statement announcing that they had broken with the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) based in Mogadishu.

In the statement, the Puntland government said that the TFG "does not represent Puntland in international forums” and that the United Nations Political Office for Somalia should "reconsider its position and support for the TFG at the expense of other Somali stakeholders."

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The weak Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab fighters for the past five years and is propped up by a 12,000-strong African Union force from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti.

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http://www.presstv.com/detail/229823.html



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Al-Shabaab: the growing menace of the al-Qaeda affiliate

By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg and Zoe Flood in Nairobi

2:49PM GMT 29 Feb 2012

It is no coincidence that David Cameron recently hosted a conference about Somalia in London which attracted heads of state and pledges of help from around the world.

In the eyes of Western intelligence, the growing threat of the country's al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab movement and its British ties makes it the new Afghanistan.

Al-Shabaab was formed in 2006 from the ashes of the Islamic Courts Union which had been fighting the Somali transitional government for control of the country. Estimates of al-Shabaab's size vary, but it is believed to consist of several thousand fighters, including foreigners from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Gulf region as well as the US and Britain.

Today, having been forced out of the capital Mogadishu by African Union troops, it exercises control over vast swathes of the south towards the Kenyan border, where it imposes Sharia law. Earlier this month, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri formally welcomed al-Shabaab to the terror network's ranks.

For militant young Britons looking for a cause, Somalia is currently the hottest ticket. An estimated 200 Britons and Americans have travelled to the Horn of Africa in the past six years, intelligence agencies say, to help al-Shabaab wage terror attacks against government troops in Somalia and plan assaults further afield. In July 2010, al-Shabaab claimed twin suicide bombings that killed 74 football fans watching the World Cup Final in Uganda's capital Kampala.

At present, up to 50 Briton of Somali, Pakistani, Yemeni, Bangladeshi and North African heritage are thought to be among its ranks. Their British passports mean they can join the many immigrants who travel to East Africa and back to the UK without raising too many flags.

Al Shabaab draws them in with the help of a sophisticated media arm which is thought to now have three to four people working on it full-time – among them a British Pakistani whose London accent is heard voicing documentary reports of military battles.

The group has also taken to Twitter where it engages in regular spats with spokesman for the Kenyan government, which late last year invaded Somalia.

"We believe there are a substantial number of Brits involved in al-Shabaab," Abdullahi Boru Halakhe, Hornof Africa Analyst for the International Crisis Group, told The Daily Telegraph. "The movement is using social media to market itself and using the narrative of the oppressed to attract recruits."

Al Shabaab itself is at present thought to be too absorbed with battles at home to focus on exporting its terror tactics.

But British security forces are paying close attention amid concerns that, given its newly-forged links to al Qaeda, a proponent of global campaigns, British recruits might bring their new-found terror skills to wreak havoc.

The most obvious target for such an attack is the London 2012 Olympics.
In 2010 Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5, said it was "only a matter of time before we see terrorism on our streets inspired by those who are today fighting alongside al Shabaab".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9113464/Al-Shabaab-the-growing-menace-of-the-al-Qaeda-affiliate.html
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Kenyan fighter jets strike Somali border town of Diff



Kenyan fighter jets have stricken several targets in the southern Somali town of Diff, raising fears of potential casualties, Press TV reports.

A Diff resident told Press TV that four warplanes launched raids on Monday and bombarded training camps of Somali militant group, Al-Shabab in Diff, about 20 km from the border.

“We heard several blasts today, we can’t confirm how many people died in the attacks,” said Ahmed Muse.

Another resident said hundreds of heavily armed Kenyan soldiers, Somali forces and Ras Kamboni militias entered the strategic town after the airstrikes forced the al-Shabab fighters to vacate the town.

“Many of pro-government troops are now based in three new bases in the town,” Sharif Abdi told Press TV.

The attack came a day after the fighters re-captured Diff from Somali government troops and Kenyan forces.

On Sunday, Kenyan fighter jets struck an area southwest of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least 22 people.

Kenya has beefed up security along its border with Somalia since it dispatched soldiers into the conflict-plagued country last October to chase al-Shabab militants, which it accuses of being behind the kidnapping of several foreigners on its territory. Al-Shabab, however, has denied any involvement.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.

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Kenyan fighter jets strike Somali border town of Diff



Kenyan fighter jets have stricken several targets in the southern Somali town of Diff, raising fears of potential casualties, Press TV reports.

A Diff resident told Press TV that four warplanes launched raids on Monday and bombarded training camps of Somali militant group, Al-Shabab in Diff, about 20 km from the border.

“We heard several blasts today, we can’t confirm how many people died in the attacks,” said Ahmed Muse.

Another resident said hundreds of heavily armed Kenyan soldiers, Somali forces and Ras Kamboni militias entered the strategic town after the airstrikes forced the al-Shabab fighters to vacate the town.

“Many of pro-government troops are now based in three new bases in the town,” Sharif Abdi told Press TV.

The attack came a day after the fighters re-captured Diff from Somali government troops and Kenyan forces.

On Sunday, Kenyan fighter jets struck an area southwest of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least 22 people.

Kenya has beefed up security along its border with Somalia since it dispatched soldiers into the conflict-plagued country last October to chase al-Shabab militants, which it accuses of being behind the kidnapping of several foreigners on its territory. Al-Shabab, however, has denied any involvement.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.

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http://www.presstv.com/detail/230192.html


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Kenyan fighter jets strike Somali border town of Diff



Kenyan fighter jets have stricken several targets in the southern Somali town of Diff, raising fears of potential casualties, Press TV reports.

A Diff resident told Press TV that four warplanes launched raids on Monday and bombarded training camps of Somali militant group, Al-Shabab in Diff, about 20 km from the border.

“We heard several blasts today, we can’t confirm how many people died in the attacks,” said Ahmed Muse.

Another resident said hundreds of heavily armed Kenyan soldiers, Somali forces and Ras Kamboni militias entered the strategic town after the airstrikes forced the al-Shabab fighters to vacate the town.

“Many of pro-government troops are now based in three new bases in the town,” Sharif Abdi told Press TV.

The attack came a day after the fighters re-captured Diff from Somali government troops and Kenyan forces.

On Sunday, Kenyan fighter jets struck an area southwest of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing at least 22 people.

Kenya has beefed up security along its border with Somalia since it dispatched soldiers into the conflict-plagued country last October to chase al-Shabab militants, which it accuses of being behind the kidnapping of several foreigners on its territory. Al-Shabab, however, has denied any involvement.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.

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US assassination drone crashes in Central Somalia



Another US drone crashes in Somalia. (file photo)


Another US assassination drone has crashed near Central Somalia’s Mudug Province, Press TV reports.


According to local witnesses, the US drone crashed in the sea near the town of Harardheere.

The incident took place as the USS Taylor warship was reportedly heading towards the African nation from the Suez Canal.

The town of Harardheere has become notorious for being a pirate base in war-torn Somalia.

Recently, the US is using a new kind of drone, called a kamikaze drone, in Somalia. It functions both as a missile and an intelligence-gathering reconnaissance aircraft.

Somalia has been without an effective central government and descended into chaos since 1991, when warlords overthrew former junta ruler Mohamed Siad Barre.

Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.

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Security forces clash with protesters in Somaliland






At least four people have been injured and more than 30 others arrested after security forces from the self-declared republic of Somaliland clashed with protesters in the disputed town of Las Anod, Press TV reports.



Witnesses told Press TV that security forces indiscriminately opened fire on demonstrators, mainly women, on Thursday as they were chanting pro-Independence slogans in favor of newly formed semi-autonomous state of Khaatumo.

“I saw four injured people lying on a street in Las Anod. We still don’t know why Somaliland forces fired bullets at those peaceful demonstrators,” Fartun Aden, a resident of Las Anod, said.

“More than 30 people were rounded up during the demonstration,” she added.

According to local elders, the rally was staged in protest against “inhumane rules” enforced by Somaliland government forces in the area.

“I strongly condemn and accuse Somaliland authorities of suppression of Las Anod residents,” Sheikh Ahmed Jibril, a local elder, said.

Las Anod is the administrative capital of Sool region of Somalia. The region has been the source of numerous clashes between the Somaliland forces and Khaatumo militiamen.

Clashes between Somaliland’s forces and Khaatumo fighters first erupted in January, after the leaders of the northern regions of Sool, Sanaag and Cyan decided to band together into a new state called Khaatumo and declared they wanted to be an independent region within Somalia.

Somaliland's troops have since clashed with Khaatumo militia fighters, with reports of dozens of casualties.

Somaliland, situated in northwestern Somalia, unilaterally declared independence from the rest of Horn Africa country in 1991.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The Somali government has struggled for years to restore security but efforts have not yet yielded results in the African nation.

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