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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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.]

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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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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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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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