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Somali islamists discard UN package

Somalia: A Somali Islamist commander Sunday rejected a UN resolution that could see UN peacekeepers sent to the war-wracked African nation, calling for a "war" against any such deployment. "We are totally against any foreign force to be deployed in Somalia to replace the Ethiopian invaders," said Hassan Abdullahi Hersi, a top...

Somali Islamist leader promise to oust Ethiopians

Somalia: A senior Somali opposition leader has vowed to force Ethiopian troops out of his country, warning that UN-sponsored peace talks will fail.   "We are going to liberate Somalia from Ethiopia," Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said in an interview published on Thursday in the British newspaper The Guardian. He further condemned the...

Somalia: Ethiopia to stay till Islamist rebel defeated

Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Wednesday he would keep troops inside neighbouring Somalia until "jihadists" were defeated.   In a move supported by the United States but providing a target for militants, Meles sent thousands of troops into Somalia in late 2006 to help the nation's struggling government...

Somali Islamist leader against peace talks

Nairobi: Talks between Somalia's interim government and the opposition in Djibouti are a waste of time and no tangible outcome can be expected, Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said on Thursday.   Speaking from Asmara, where he lives in exile, the former army colonel urged his allies from the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia...

Ethiopian troops release Somali Islamic clerics

Somalia: A group of Muslim clerics in central Somalia were briefly arrested and later released by Ethiopian soldiers deployed to help restore order in the chaotic Horn of Africa country, our central regions correspondent reported.   Ethiopian troops have for the first time reportedly setup base at the main administration building in Beletwein...

Somalia: ARS leader rejects peace talks

Somalia: A former warlord allied to Somalia’s collapsed Islamic Courts movement has rejected peace talks that opened in Djibouti Monday.   Yusuf “Indho Ade” Mohamed Siad, one of the country’s most notorious warlords, told a Mogadishu radio station Tuesday that delegates at the Djibouti talks “do not represent the...

Somalia crisis: tribal leaders called meeting

Somalia, Apr 11: The Somali tribal leaders have called a crisis meeting, urging the prime minister to end the humanitarian disaster in the African nation.   The meeting was called to discuss fears about the deployment of over 9,000 Ethiopian soldiers near the capital, Mogadishu that forced Somalis to flee their homes and take refuge outside...

Somalia: Burundi does't want to see more soldier killing

Burundi, Apr 11: Burundi said this week's killing of one of its soldiers in Somalia will not deter its peacekeeping operations in the strife-torn country. Foreign Minister Antoinette Batumubwira on Thursday said Bujumbura did not want to see a repeat of Tuesday's incident in which the soldier was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu. "...

Somalia: Injured Burundi soldier died in suicide attack

Somalia, Apr 9: A Burundian member of the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia died Wednesday of injuries sustained in a suicide attack, a military spokesman said. "We are sorry to announce that the soldier wounded in the suicide attack on Tuesday died of his wounds," said Captain Clement Cinene, spokesman for the Burundian contingent in...

Somali insurgents capture Balad

Somalia, Apr 7: Islami Insurgents have taken control of a Somali trading post after heavy fighting that saw government forces escape into the countryside.   The Islamists wrested control of the town of Balad, 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu, said Mohamed Abshir, a government official. He siad, "they took control...

Somali Islamists attack key town, Six dead

Mogadishu (Somalia), March 26: Four Somali soldiers and two civilians were killed Wednesday when Islamist fighters raided a key southern town, sparking clashes, officials and a local resident said.   The incident occurred in Jowhar township, 90 kilometers north of the capital Mogadishu, when insurgents briefly took control of the area on...