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Somalia stalemate likely to go on despite Hirshabelle relenting


By FRED OLUOCH
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The political stalemate in Somalia is likely to continue despite the state of Hirshabelle announcing that it will co-operate with the central government.

Puntland, Galmudug, Southwest State and Jubbaland remain defiant.

The President of Hirshabelle, Mohamed Abdi Ware, announced the move, which analysts say was forced, because, apart from the push for a no-confidence motion against him, he is not in control of the state.

However, experts say the litmus test will come in November when the Southwest State, led by Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, goes to the elections.

The outcome will determine whether the remaining four federal states will maintain their non-cooperation stance with the centre as per their September 8 resolution or cave in.

“The four regions have now…

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UK urges donors to support African Union Mission in Somalia


Today the UK, Somalia, Italy and Ethiopia brought together international partners in support of Somalia’s security, political and economic reforms.

Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin co-hosted the meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York, with Foreign Minister Ahmed Isse Awad of Somalia, State Minister Hirut Zemene of Ethiopia and Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy. Alongside senior government representatives, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, AU Peace and Security Commissioner Chergui and Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development attended.

Minister Baldwin praised the bravery and positive impact of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops and the Somali forces who are fighting…

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Somalia turns 58 – The East African


By ABDULKADIR KHALIF
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Several world leaders Sunday congratulated Somalia as it marked 58 years of independence.

US President Donald Trump sent a message, stating: “On behalf of the United States of America, I wish you and the people of Somalia a joyous 58th anniversary of independence.”

“The United States looks forward to continuing its partnership with the people and government of Somalia to work toward a brighter future,” he added.

“Working together to build a stable, peaceful, prosperous Somalia is in the interest of both of our nations. You will continue to have our support on this path.”

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo presided over the celebrations at the Conis Stadium in north Mogadishu.

The Somali National Army (SNA) mounted a guard of honour while a…

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Quick Evacuation in Somalia Firefight Shows Disparity in U.S. Resources in Africa


During a seven-month investigation into the attack, led by officials from the Pentagon’s Africa Command, the Special Operations general in charge of American commandos in Africa issued a series of orders that roughly mirrored the actions in Somalia, putting in place stringent guidelines to ensure that those on the ground had the proper support before leaving on a mission.

The lower-level commands in Somalia and Niger, however, are different. In West Africa, Special Operations forces are overseen by Army Special Forces, while the Naval Special Warfare Command, often known as the Navy SEALs, leads operations in Somalia.

The attack on Friday came toward the end of a dayslong operation in which a team of Green Berets from the 3rd Special Forces Group — the same unit that fought in the ambush in…

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Communiqué on the Meeting Between the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the Prime Minister of Somalia


Addis Ababa, 27 May 2018: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, received Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire of the Federal Republic of Somalia, at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, on 27 May 2018. The two leaders discussed the situation in Somalia and the progress made so far by the Federal Government in implementing a reform agenda in the political, economic and security spheres.

The Chairperson of the Commission paid tribute to the Somali Government leadership for their commitment in addressing the challenges facing the country, and urged all Somali stakeholders to maintain this resolve. He acknowledged the progress made by the Federal Government of Somalia over the past year, specifically the development of a comprehensive approach to security and…

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UN extends African peace mission in Somalia


A UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which faces attacks by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, received unanimous Security Council backing on Tuesday until July 31.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), with about 21 600 troops, operates with the approval of the UN and relies on international funding.

By extending AMISOM’s mandate to the end of July, the United Nations Security Council allowed for a review of recommendations expected in a “joint assessment” report on Somalia to be presented by June 15.

In its resolution, the Security Council recalled that it authorised the African Union to reduce AMISOM to roughly 20 600 personnel by October 30, after 1 000 troops were pulled out last year.

There are plans for a full withdrawal of foreign troops by December 2020, but heads of state and…

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