Somali Religion News

Freed aid workers refused to work in Somalia

Somalia: The four Somali humanitarian workers of the italian NGO named Acqua per la vita (water for life) abducted by armed men on the road to Mogadishu were leaving for Italy.

In Italy the workers would have been hosted by the NGO, which had set up a humanitarian marathon to collect funds in Trento on July 5, sources within the...

Somaliland hopes to be independent after election

Somalia: The breakaway state of Somaliland hopes next year's presidential elections will lead to international recognition of the northern Somali enclave as an independent country, officials said on Sunday.

The polls are seen by many as an acid test for the former British protectorate which broke away from Somalia in 1991 when the...

Somalia: UIC take control Hiiran region

Somalia: The Union of Islamic Courts has once again captured the central Somalia region of Hiiran, forcing Ethiopian soldiers out of their bases.

Ethiopian soldiers have fled Somalia's Hiiran region after UIC attack.

The fighters arrived in the town early in the morning taking positions and keeping guard at the streets.


Somalia: Top opposition leader threatens to continue fighting

Somalia: A key opposition figure in Somalia has rejected the recent peace agreement signed between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia and the opposition coalition - the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS).

Yusuf "Indha Ade" Mohamed Siad, the ARS defense secretary, told a Mogadishu-based radio...

Somali police trains up in Uganda

Somalia: Senior police officers from war-ravaged Somalia are undergoing a one-month course in Uganda.


Internal affairs minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda on Monday officially opened the training for the 83 station commanders of the Somalia Police Force at Jokas Hotel in Bweyogerere, near Kampala.

The course,...

Somalia: Reconciliation Board calls for talks with Islamists

Bloomberg: Somalia's national reconciliation commission is urging talks between the Islamist al-Shabaab militia and Somalia's transitional federal government in an effort to stem continuing violence in the capital, Mogadishu.

Talks with al-Shabaab are necessary if there is to be peace in Somalia, Mo'alin Muse, chairman of...

Somalia: Islamic insurgents raid Ethiopian troops in capital

Somalia: Armed Islamic courts fighters attacked the Ethiopian troops based at ex-pasta industry where an hour last battle happened later on sunday, shortly after mortar attacks were aimed at Ethiopian troops based at Heila Barise Ethiopian military camp close to the Pasta factory in Mogadishu according to the residents.

"They are...

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...

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.


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...

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-...

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...

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...

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...

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...