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New era as the US returns to Somalia


By ABDULKADIR KHALIF
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At the onset of the civil strife in the Somali capital Mogadishu in January 1991, the US compound was used as the main station to airlift all foreign diplomats to safety.

The large compound was called Sliligga (weird), because it was enclosed by a barbed wire and a concrete wall. Sliligga was easily the most protected foreign diplomatic mission in Mogadishu.

But, as soon as the airlifting of the diplomats was over, looters descended on the fortified compound, carting away every movable item they lay their hands on.

It would take another year before the US mission would come back to life again.

That was in December 1992, when former US president George W. Bush, who died last week, ordered over 30,000 marines to land on the beaches of Somalia.

The mission was…

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Ethiopian Airlines Resumes Direct Flights to Somalia After 41 Years


After 41 Years, Ethiopian Airlines to Land in Mogadishu Airport Three Times Weekly

Direct flights from Ethiopia will land in Somalia for the first time in 41 years after both countries reach agreement to strengthen diplomatic relations.

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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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