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Security Council to Strengthen African Force, Signals Eventual UN Deployment

Renewing the authorization of the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia today, the Security Council called for action to bolster those troops, while signalling its intention to establish a United Nations force, when conditions permit, in the Horn of Africa country that has lacked a functioning central government since 1991. In the resolution...

Ethiopian Troops Withdraw Completely From Mogadishu In Somalia

The Ethiopian troops pulled out completely from the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses and officials told radio Shabelle on Thursday. Ethiopia invaded Somalia 2006 to help the interim government oust Islamists from the capital, since then it has been supporting Somalia's weak transitional government for two years. The Ethiopian presence was...

Somali Parties At Odds As Violence Spreads

Somalia's fractured interim government and a weak opposition faction it inked a peace deal with late last year are becoming increasingly at odds with each other, as violence rages in different parts of the country. The Alliance for Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS), a divided opposition faction led by Islamist politician Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed,...

30 Killed in Fighting Between Islamists in Central Somalia

At least thirty people, mostly fighters, have been killed and more than fifty others wounded after heavy fighting between Islamist fighters of Al-Shabab and Ahlu Sunna has flared up in Griel town in Galgudud region on Sunday morning, Shabelle's Bulhan reported. Locals say that the fighting started after Al Shabab fighters attacked bases of Ahlu...

Five Somali Pirates Die With $3m Ransom Money

Five pirates are believed to have died at sea along the Somali coast after collecting a US$3 million ransom payment, Radio Garowe reports. Informed sources in the town of Hobyo said a fast-speed boat carrying nine pirates had capsized in the high seas after powerful winds hit overnight Friday. Four of the pirates have been found alive, but the...

20 Feared Dead in Lower Shabelle Clashes between Ethiopian Soldiers, Insurgents In Somalia

At least 12 people were killed in Lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia, after Ethiopian troops clashed with suspected insurgents, Radio Garowe reported Saturday. The fighting erupted in Wanla Weyn, a district in Lower Shabelle where Ethiopian forces recently established a military checkpoint. Local sources told Puntland-based Radio Garowe that...

Human Rights Day is 'Just Another Day of Suffering'- Reports From Nairobi

War-weary Somalis have little reason to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights on 10 December. "I don't know what this day means," Faliz Ali, 33, a mother of two, said. "I am more worried about how I am going to take care of my children." She said human rights in Somalia were...

UN calls for escort to ensure aid off Somali pirates

Somalia: The United Nations appealed on Monday for international help to protect U.N. food shipments in Somalia's pirate-infested waters, warning of shortages if no country came forward. Heavily-armed Somali gunmen, usually using speedboats, have seized more than 30 vessels this year, making the waters off the Horn of Africa the most dangerous in...

Somali kidnappers free two aid workers

Somalia: Two kidnapped employees of the UN World Food Program have been released, a spokesman said Monday, but 11 aid workers remained in captivity following a series of attacks on the humanitarian community, which supports nearly half the population of this impoverished country. Peter Smerdon said the two Somali UN workers men, who had been...

Somali coasts turned into heaven for pirates

Somalia: A flurry of attacks by Somali pirates is wreaking havoc with maritime traffic in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean amid complicated negotiations over the release of two kidnapped French sailors. An oil tanker and a French tuna fishing boat were hit by Somali pirates off the coast of the lawless Horn of Africa country on Saturday, Kenyan...

Somali rebels threaten to shut down Mogadishu airport

Somalia: Somali Islamists have threatened to stop planes using Mogadishu's main airport as part of an escalating insurgency rocking the Horn of Africa nation. The hardline Islamist group Al Shabaab, which is fighting the Somali government and its Ethiopian military backers, said it would stop planes from landing after midnight on Tuesday. "We...

Somali hijackers free 13 seaman

Philippines: The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the M/T BBC Trinidad, the German-owned, Antigua-flagged container vessel, was freed Thursday around 6 p.m., Manila time, with its 13-man crew, by the ship’s hijackers. In a text message, DFA spokesman Claro Cristobal identified the freed seamen as: Antonio Calubiran, chief...

War affected Somalis flee towns amid fears of fighting

Somalia: Most of the residents of Bardale town, Bay region south-western Somalia have now fled after clashes between Ethiopian forces and Somali Islamist fighters. At least 20 civilians have shot dead by the Ethiopian troops on Friday after heavy clashes. Ethiopian troops came under attack from insurgents in the town, while they nmoved...

Somali opposition call for help to curb piracy

Somalia: Head of Somali opposition group Alliance for Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) has today urged the world to help fight rampant hijackings off country's coast, which have turned Somali waters into the most dangerous in world. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, has warned that piracy in the lawless country had become "more organised and...

14 Somali pirates nabbed by warship

Somalia: A warship off pirate-ridden Somali waters captured 14 pirates and destroyed their boat, the fisheries minister for the northern Puntland region said on Sunday. "About 14 pirates came across a warship that we think could be American and all the pirates on board were captured and their boat destroyed," said Abdulqadir Muse Yusuf,...