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Somali top police officer wishes to join militants

Somalia: A high ranking officer in the Somali police department officially said that he would join the insurgents which are day to day carrying hit and ran attacks at the Somali government and their Ethiopian ally. This police officer has the colonel badge on his shoulders as he has told the local radio station, and his name is called Col Artan...

UN chief hopeful about Somalia despite challenges

United Nations: Last month’s peace agreement between the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) and an opposition group is an important step towards peace, but the country’s deteriorating security situation is a matter of serious concern, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Somalia remains a challenge for the...

Somali Govt, opposition agree for treaty

Somalia: Somalia's government and the country's opposition coalition have endorsed a truce aimed at ending years of violence gripping the country. "All the 106 central committee members of the ARS fully endorse the agreement...," Suleiman Olad Roble, spokesman for the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) told AFP....

Somalia: Situation worsen as piracy and violence spreads

London: The UN World Food Program (WFP) warned Friday that attacks on aid workers on the ground and threats to ships delivering food aid to Somalia are jeopardizing the lives of millions who now need urgent food assistance. WFP said in a statement that insecurity, drought, a succession of poor or failed harvests, are deepening the suffering of...

Somali PM cries for peace, ready to quit

Somalia: Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein says he is willing to sacrifice his position to help restore peace and stability in the country. Speaking at a news conference in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Hussein said he was ready to step down if the Somali people deemed it necessary, urging the rebels to respect a peace accord they have...

Somalia: Violence continues as Nigeria to send peacekeepers

Nigeria: The Nigeria Military sent an assessment team to Mogadishu and it is expected to deploy its troops soon as a part of African Union (AU) force known as AMISOM. According to the AMISOM spokesman Major Baringye Ba-Hoku, the Nigerian force is making final preparations this week and they will join the 1,600 Uganda and 600 Burundi troops...

Bush's rampage in Somalia

Somalia: While George Bush was breezing through photo-ops at the G-8 summit in Japan, his Ethiopian proxy-army in Somalia was grinding out more carnage on the streets of Mogadishu. More than 40 civilians have been killed in the last 48 hours. On Sunday, Osman Ali Ahmed, the head of the UN Development Program in Somalia, was shot gangland style as...

Somalia: UN envoy praises Djibouti Agreement

Kenya: A top United Nations envoy for Somalia on Wednesday praised the Somali warring parties for working quickly to advance the Djibouti Agreement which was signed last month. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN Special Representative for Somalia (SRSG) said the Somali leadership was not working alone. "The progress made so far has been...

Somali Islamist fighters seize southern town

Somalia: The Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) fighters have seized Bardhere town in southern Somalia without facing much resistance, report says on Sunday. The fighters marched into Bardhere town in the Gedo region without serious resistance. Subsequently, Somali government forces fled the town, leaving behind a large cache of weapons. The UIC...

Somalia: Foreign donor agencies mull leaving

Somalia: Humanitarian agencies in Somalia are considering suspending operations after two aid workers were shot dead in less than 24 hours. Some aid organisations are reported to be reviewing their security measures following the attacks. Violence against aid workers in Somalia has increased dramatically in recent weeks. But it is not clear...

Tanzanian govt agrees to free detained Somalis

Somalia: Professor Mohamed Omar Talaha the deputy speaker of the Somali transitional government said that the Tanzanian authority has accepted to set free all the Somali citizens in it is jails. The deputy speaker of the Somali parliament professor Talha was speaking to somaliweyn radio while he was in somaliweyn office in the Kenyan capital...

Somali defense minister meet secretly with Ethiopian army officers

Somalia: A secret meeting has taken place in Baydhabo city, the capital of Bay Region [south-central Somalia], between interim Somali government defence minister Muhyidin Muhammad Hajji Ibrahim and senior Ethiopian army officers who have been in the city these past two days. In the two-day meeting, which ended yesterday, the two sides discussed...

Somali MP accuses no government running in country

Somalia: A member of the Somali parliament has said there is currently no functional government in Somalia and has blamed the military defeat on the President of Somalia. Yusuf Muhammad Qeyre, an MP at the Somali parliament, speaking to Mareeg online on telephone from the southwestern town of Baidoa, Bay Region where the parliament is based, said...

Somali residents flee Hiran region

Somalia: Increased maneuver fighting inside Somalia's Hiran region, has led to another exodus of the population, adding to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who have already fled and those fled to the neighboring middle Shabelle region. West of Hiran, on the road to Middle, The population is facing unacceptable...

Somali militants fights each-other to rescue Germans

Somalia: Troops from two feuding regions of remote northern Somalia were bracing for a possible showdown on Thursday as they compete to rescue four German tourists held hostage there by pirates. The Germans -- two men, a woman and a child -- were kidnapped in Yemen 17 days ago. They are now held in thickly wooded mountains near Las Qoray town, in...