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Somalia: Toops deserting Ethiopian army

Somalia, Apr 4: Ethiopian army has launched a house-to-house search after more than 57 servicemen deserted army in Mogadishu, fleeing to nearby regions.   Military sources in Somalia said a massive manhunt has been launched to spot the defectors in a region about 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Mogadishu since Thursday, Press TV report said....

Somalia: 'World's most overlooked trouble

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 3: A leading humanitarian group is calling for the United Nations Security Council to take additional measures to help about 1 million Somalis who have been rendered homeless by the ongoing armed conflict in their country.   In releasing a new report this week, the U.S.-based Refugees International (RI) called Somalia...

Somalia aid agencies stop works in panic

Somalia, Apr 3: The aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has shut down its operations in southern Somalia citing increased insecurity. MSF's Arjan Hehenkamp said staff in Kismayo cannot continue working where they are deliberately targeted. The move comes only days after gunmen kidnapped two UN foreign workers, BBC report said....

Somalia: Insurgents capture seventh town

Somalia, Apr 3: After Somali government soldiers abandoned their post, hundreds of Islamic insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine-guns briefly seized control of a central Somali town, residents said Thursday.   This is the seventh town the Somali Islamist have taken in recent months although the fighters usually...

Somalia: Islamist leader opts peace plan

Nairobi (Kenya), April 02: Somalia's top exiled Islamist leader on Wednesday pledged his camp's commitment to a new peace drive but warned the movement would keep up its struggle against what it calls Ethiopian occupation. "Members of the international community are trying to help Somalis overcome their differences and we will do all we can to be...

No Ethiopian troops in Puntland, Somalia leader

Bossaso (Somalia), March 31: The regional president in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland has denied growing speculation that Ethiopian soldiers might be deployed in the relatively stable territory.   President Mohamud "Adde" Muse spoke with reporters in the port city of Bossaso Sunday before he flew to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...

Somalia peach efforts and Ethiopia democracy is equally important: FM

Somalia, March 31: Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin said the issue of stabilizing Somalia and building the capacity of institutions in that country is equally important as the ongoing activities to maintain peace, speed up development and build a democratic system in Ethiopia.   The minister said it is unquestionable that existence of...

Somali forces arrest 22 from mosque, school

Somalia, March 31: Somali government troops have raided a mosque and a Qur'an school in southern Mogadishu apprehending 22 of the attendants on Monday.   Mounting a so-called anti-terrorist operation in the Medina district south of Mogadishu, the heavily-armed troops beat the sheikhs attending the mosque before taking 14 of them away in...

Somalia PM keen to talk with opposition leaders

Nairobi (Kenya), March 29: Somalia's interim Prime Minister Nur "Adde" Hassan Hussein has hinted that he is willing to engage in direct talks with opposition leaders based in Asmara, Eritrea.   Speaking in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Prime Minister Nur Adde praised a recently concluded summit on the Somali economy, saying the summit...

Somalia: Ethiopian troops reach Barawe

Barawe (Somalia), March 28: Ethiopian troops backed by more than 30 armored vehicles reached parts of Barawe district, in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia, witnesses said.   The soldiers were reported to have left the provincial capital Marka and the town of Koryoley, also in Lower Shabelle, where they have been stationed for the...

Somalia: US Military Aircraft spilts in South Mogadishu

Somalia, March 28: Somali officials say a U.S. military aircraft has crashed in a coastal area south of the capital, Mogadishu.   Local government officials say the unmanned plane crashed Friday in the Lower Shabelle region, near the town of Marka. Witnesses say the aircraft came from the direction of the ocean. Security forces have taken...

Somalia: Crisis looms over govt

Mogadishu (Somalia), March 28: The transitional government in Somalia, installed 15 months ago by Ethiopian troops with U.S. support, appears ready to fall, a government official said.   "I feel this slipping away," Mohamed Abdirizak, an official who abandoned a middle-class life in Virginia to return to Somalia, told the Los...

US Ship keep eye on Somali pirates

Persian Gulf, March 28: From a computer screen on this amphibious assault ship, U.S. sailors kept close watch on a 6-week-old drama more than 2,500 miles away involving pirates from Somalia and a Danish merchant vessel.   A second American warship was off the coast of Somalia near the captive vessel, a 115-foot tugboat called the Svitzer...

Somali PM ruled out Jowhar capture

Addis Ababa, March 28: Somalia Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein has dismissed a report in the Ethiopian media that Islamists have taken control of the strategic Somali town of Jowhar, 90 kilometres north of Mogadishu.   Speaking to journalists in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, Mr Hussein said, ?It?s not true; it was a hit-and-run attack...

Somali Governors hunt for insurgents

Somalia, March 27: Two governors in southern Somalia are cooperating on the military front against the country's insurgent groups, who are intent on overthrowing the transitional federal government and its Ethiopian military backers.   Yusuf Daboged and Mohamed Omar Delle, the governors of Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions, respectively,...