Monday, August 10, 2015

Ethiopia bombed Somalia’s Shebab stronghold | Diplomat News Network

Ethiopian military helicopters

Ethiopian military helicopters
Baidao,Somalia (DIPLOMAT.SO) – Three Ethiopian army helicopters bombed military position for Al shabaab militants in Dalandoole village near Burhakaba district in Bay province,where dozens of fighters escaped from the village,a senior Somali military official told Diplomat News Network.
U.S. and Ethiopian air strikes reinforced the Somali army gains and crawling towards the villages and towns of the province of Bay.
Commander of 60 Infantry Brigade of Somali National Army Major General Ibraahim Yarow confirmed that his troops has seized over two vehicles, a variety of weapons and ammunition during the operation.
He added “The offensive has succeeded in driving the militants from several towns and districts they previously held”.
Military source said , Somali National Army with the support of AMISOM and some Ethiopian military battalions are trying to curb Al shabaab and destroy their strongholds in south-western Somalia before the end of the current year.
Somali National Army , AMISOM and Ethiopian soldiers have been fighting the insurgents in a joint operation since 2006, in a bid to end Al shabaab’s nine-year insurgency in southern and north-eastern Somalia that is threatening regional stability.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Deadly attack at Jazeera Palace hotel in Mogadishu -

A suicide attacker drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into the gate of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Sunday, killing at least 15 people, a police official said.
The Al-Shabaab terror group took responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeting Western diplomats. The luxury hotel houses the diplomatic missions for several nations, including China.
Capt. Ibrahim Liban, a police officer at the scene, said deaths occurred when a car bomb exploded at the hotel's main gate. Among those killed was a Somali journalist who worked for the London-based Universal TV channel, Liban said.
Ambulances and security forces were on the scene, he said.
Abdiweli Qanyare, a member of Somalia's Parliament who was near the hotel when the attack occurred, said it was one of the loudest explosions he had ever heard in the Somali capital.
    The bomb destroyed part of the hotel and caused damage to nearby structures, Qanyare said.
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    The U.N. Assistance Mission in Somalia deplored the attack in a statement.
    The African Union Mission in Somalia also called the attack "shameful" and said it "demonstrates the demonic agenda of the Al-Shabaab to want to deny Somalia the peace that is beginning, despite such unfathomable acts, to be enjoyed across the country."
    The AU mission said it had sent a team to bring wounded people to the organization's hospital for care and to help Somali security forces evacuate foreigners from the hotel.

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    Ethiopian troops lead big new AU offensive against Al-Shabaab in Somalia; heavy fighting raging | Mail & Guardian Africa

    Last month's al-Shabaab assault on a AMISOM base left dozens of Burundian soldiers dead in one of the deadliest incidents in eight years ago.
    Somali soldiers patrol in a pickup truck near the site where al-Shabaab militants carried out a suicide attack against a military intelligence base in Mogadishu on June 21, 2015. (Photo/AFP).
    Somali soldiers patrol in a pickup truck near the site where al-Shabaab militants carried out a suicide attack against a military intelligence base in Mogadishu on June 21, 2015. (Photo/AFP).
    AFRICAN Union troops said Sunday they had launched a new offensive against Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab rebels in southern Somalia, vowing to flush the insurgents out of rural areas.
    The African Union Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM, said “Operation Jubba Corridor” was launched on Friday in the Bay and Gedo regions south of the capital Mogadishu along with Somali government troops.
    Officials and witnesses confirmed heavy fighting was raging near the al-Shabaab strongholds of Dinsor and Bardhere, and said the militants hit back with a suicide car bomb attack against a convoy of Ethiopian troops, who are leading the offensive.
    “The operation will ensure that all the remaining areas in Somalia will be liberated and peace restored,” AMISOM said in a statement.
    A Somali military official in the region, Mohamed Osman, confirmed heavy fighting between AMISOM and Somali troops on one side and the Shabaab on the other.
    “There are heavy clashes going on between our forces and al-Shabaab militia along the road that leads to Dinsor. The militants ambushed a military convoy,” he said.
    Witnesses who live close to the battleground said a suicide attacker struck the convoy with a car bomb loaded with explosives. There were no immediate reports on casualties.
    The offensive was launched days after Kenyan government reports that a US drone strike in the region killed at least 30 al-Shabaab rebels, among them several commanders.
    It also comes several weeks after last month’s al-Shabaab assault on a AMISOM base which left dozens of Burundian soldiers dead in one of the single deadliest incidents since AMISOM soldiers arrived in Somalia eight years ago.
    The al-Shabaab, meaning “youth” in Arabic, emerged out of a bitter insurgency against Ethiopia, whose troops entered Somalia in a 2006 US-backed invasion to topple the Islamic Courts Union that was then controlling the capital Mogadishu.
    Al-Shabaab rebels continue to stage frequent attacks, seeking to counter claims that they are close to defeat after losing territory in the face of repeated African Union and Somali government offensives, regular US drone strikes against their leaders and defections.
    Currently affiliated to Al-Qaeda, there has been mounting speculation that the group could shift its allegiance to the Islamic State group.
    In a message marking Muslim Eid celebrations on Friday, al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Diriye—also known as Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah—outlined plans for the group to increase its operations outside of Somalia and particularly in Kenya.

    Sunday, July 19, 2015

    Federal government accused of 'purposely delaying’ prison transfer from Ethiopia | Toronto Star

    Toronto's Bashir Makhtal has been in an Ethiopian prison since 2009.

    Bashir Makhtal was arrested on the border of Kenya and Somalia in 2006 after fleeing Mogadishu and the fall of the Islamic Courts Union.

    Bashir Makhtal was arrested on the border of Kenya and Somalia in 2006 after fleeing Mogadishu and the fall of the Islamic Courts Union.
    Ottawa has dropped the ball in the prison-transfer of a Canadian citizen serving a lifesentence in Ethiopia, according to Said Maktal, a cousin of the prisoner.
    Maktal criticizes Ottawa of not vigorously pursuing the transfer, saying that new minister of foreign affairs has no interest in his cousin’s fate.
    Maktal says that both Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson and Public Safety Canada Minister Steven Blaney should be doing more to bring home his cousin.
    A prisoner-transfer agreement was accepted in early March by Bashir Makhtal, said Said Maktal. And he was told then that his cousin might be home this fall, possibly before the Oct. 19 election.
    But so far there has been little movement on the transfer agreement, Maktal said. And he believes there’s only one reason for that — a lack of interest in the case.
    Neither Nicholson nor Blaney responded to the Star’s requests for a comment on Maktal’s criticism of their efforts to return his cousin to Canada.
    Fran├žois Lasalle, a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, told the Star that “to protect the privacy of the individual concerned, further details on this case cannot be released.”
    Similarly, Zarah Malik, a spokesperson for Public Safety Canada, told the Star that “the Privacy Act prevents federal government officials from discussing the specifics of an offender’s case.”
    Maktal said he has repeatedly called both Foreign Affairs and Public Safety Canada — which is responsible for international prison transfers under the International Transfer of Offenders Act — looking for answers.
    He has been told by Public Safety officials that they are working on the case, but won’t give him specifics or tell him if the minister of foreign affairs and the minister of public safety have signed the required paperwork or if it has been sent to Ethiopia.
    “The only person who was interested in the case left the office — which was John Baird— and after that nothing has happened with the case,” said Maktal, referring to the former cabinet minister who is now working in the public sector. “I think the government is purposely delaying the case . . . After eight and a half years the problem isn’t Ethiopia. The problem is in Canada.”
    Bashir Makhtal, a 46-year-old who lived and worked in Toronto, has been languishing in an Ethiopian jail in Addis Ababa since he was convicted of terrorism in 2009. He has always denied the charges.
    Makhtal was arrested on the border of Kenya and Somalia in 2006 after fleeing Mogadishu and the fall of the Islamic Courts Union.
    He was questioned in Nairobi and eventually put on a top-secret flight to Ethiopia where he was charged with multiple counts of terrorism for allegedly being a ringleader with the Ogaden National Liberation Front — an ethnic Somali group formed to fight for independence in the oil rich region.
    Baird took an interest in the case long before he was foreign affairs minister, proclaiming Makhtal’s innocence. He visited Addis Ababa, and met with Makhtal in 2010.
    “When John Baird was the minister, this case was clearly an important case for him,” says Makhtal’s lawyer Lorne Waldman. “He prioritized it because of the strong Somali community in his riding and he made it clear he was committed to the case. After he left from what we can see no one has taken any interest in the file.”
    The decision to accept the transfer followed an impassioned plea in late January to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to intervene, which failed.
    Makhtal was offered the deal two years ago, but rejected that option last year because he said he was innocent.
    But since then his health has rapidly deteriorated and he decided to accept the terms of the prison transfer which would see him serve five more years in a Canadian prison, said Waldman.
    After Makhtal made his decision, Waldman confirmed with officials in Public Safety Canada that his client wanted to proceed. Canadian consular officials also confirmed with Makhtal in Ethiopia that he accepted the terms as well, his cousin said.
    “From then until now we haven’t heard anything, zero,” said Waldman. “It’s gone into a black hole. It was already approved. It was just a matter of going forward. I can’t understand the delay at this point.”

    Sunday, July 12, 2015

    Somali Militants Carry Out Deadly Attack in Northeast Kenya - The New York Times


    NAIROBI, Kenya — Shabab militants killed 14 people and wounded 11 in the northeastern Kenyan town of Mandera on Tuesday, a government official said, the latest attack in the region by the Somali Islamist group.

    The grenade attack took place around 2 a.m. at a compound near a livestock market, according to officials, and most of the victims were miners from other parts of Kenya.

    “I can confirm an Al Shabaab attack in Mandera early this morning,” the police inspector general, Joseph Boinnet, said on Twitter. “Regrettably 14 persons dead and 11 injured.”

    A spokesman for the Shabab confirmed that the organization was responsible. “We are behind the Mandera attack. We killed over 10 Kenyan Christians,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, a spokesman for the group’s military operations, told Reuters. “This is part of our ongoing operations against Kenya.”

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    The Kenyan Red Cross, which sent a team of doctors and paramedics from the capital, Nairobi, said on Twitter that it had airlifted eight patients to the Kenyatta National Hospital there.

    Mandera is in the northeastern corner of Kenya, along the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia.

    Last year, 28 teachers were killed as they were traveling in the region for the end-of-year holidays. Not long after that episode, dozens of miners were shot and killed after militants separated Muslims from non-Muslims.

    The deadliest attack attributed to the Shabab in Kenya took place in April, when 147 students and university staff members were killed at a university in Garissa. One of the militants in that assault came from Mandera, which is about 440 miles northeast of Garissa.

    Kenyan officials said this year that they were constructing a security barrier that would stretch for miles along the border with Somalia, in an effort to deter attacks by the Shabab.

    Correction: July 7, 2015
    An earlier version of this article misstated the surname of a police inspector general. He is Joseph Boinnet, not Boinett.

    Monday, July 6, 2015

    Al-Shabaab attacked and killed 70 AMISON Soilders in Mogadishu

    The African Union Peacekeeping Mission (AMISOM) base at Lego village, 100 kilometres northwest of Mogadishu is manned by Burundian soldiers who are part of the 22,000 AMISOM troops that include Uganda. Spokesman of the Burundi contingent, Col. Paul Jugula confirmed the attack.

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Somalia: No Quick Or Easy Solutions

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    June 13, 2015: The government believes that al Shabaab will be eliminated as a major security threat by the end of 2015. That may be too optimistic but is not impossible. Currently al Shabaab is operating in about 20 percent of the country and no longer control any towns or cities. The Islamic terrorists now hide in remote villages or thinly populated rural areas. Some al Shabaab have set up camps across the northern border in Puntland, but these are regularly being attacked by local forces. The government admits that there are underlying problems (unemployment, poverty and corruption) that entice young men to join Islamic terror groups or bandit gangs and that until those issues are dealt with there is always the threat of something like al Shabaab returning. The government is also aware of the fact that the foreign donors won’t pay for a peacekeeper force forever and already there is pressure to shift that peacekeeping effort to other parts of Africa. While the Somali economy is improving the country is still crippled by corruption and divided by tribal (clan) loyalties.
    In Kenya the government is asking Somali refugees to voluntarily return home and is offering inducements it hopes will persuade at least 100,000 to go back by the end of 2015. This is a big step back from the original plan to expel all (over 600,000) legal and illegal Somali refugees in the country. The expulsion threat came in response to ever more horrendous al Shabaab attacks, including an April 2nd massacre of 148 Christian students at a university campus. The UN promised to help with refugee camp security and moving more of the refugees back to Somalia but strongly opposed expulsion. In Somalia politicians and al Shabaab agree that Kenya must stop mistreating Somalis in Kenya and this attitude is used by al Shabaab for recruiting. The Kenyan government recognizes this problem and talks about curbing violence against Somalis in Kenya but controlling popular hatred of and hostility towards Somalis is difficult. This is particularly true because of the recent al Shabaab terror attacks in Kenya and the centuries of Somalis raiding into Kenya. It’s an old problem that does not lend itself to quick or easy solutions.
    Meanwhile the UN has to cut food supplies (30 percent to 1,520 calories a day) to all the refugees in Kenya (mostly Somali but some from Sudan) because not enough donors could be found. There is only so much donor money out there and many donors seek areas where they believe their money will do the most good. Long term refugees (as with the Somalis in Kenya) are not seen as the best use of donor funds. Currently the UN spends about $115 million a year to feed the refugees in northern Kenya. Nearly half that money comes from the United States. Refugee officials continue having problems maintaining security in the Somali refugee camps and a growing number of foreign aid organizations are withdrawing from some camps because of the chronic violence.
    Meanwhile there is another refugee situation developing in the north (Somaliland and Djibouti) as Somalis who fled to Yemen are now fleeing Yemen because of a civil war there. While most foreigners have already fled Yemen the Somali refugees in Yemen are trying, without much success, to flee back to Somalia. There are over 300,000 Somalis just across the Gulf of Aden in Yemen, most of them there illegally. Foreigners, particularly illegal migrants, have become a target in Yemen. The most hospitable and accessible refuge for Somalis in Yemen is Somalia. So far about 30,000 have made it back to Somalia (usually Somaliland up north or neighboring Djibouti) so far. The UN is planning to help mover over 100,000 more back to Somalia and Djibouti. The rest try to remain in Yemen, stay out of the way and survive.
    June 11, 2015: West of Mogadishu, near the Ethiopian border al Shabaab ambushed a peacekeeper convoy and killed at least a dozen soldiers. Reinforcements soon arrived and drive off the Islamic terrorists.
    June 6, 2015: In northwestern Kenya a group of al Shabaab gunmen seeking to attack a tribal leader who frequently criticized Islamic terrorists got lost and shot up the wrong house. Two men and a woman died and the killers fled. A subsequent police investigation concluded that the attackers were al Shabaab because that group had said it was going to “punish” the outspoken tribal leader. Elsewhere in the area rival Turkana and Samburu tribesmen fought over grazing rights and cattle stealing, leaving eleven dead.
    June 2, 2015: In northwest Kenya a group of al Shabaab occupied a village and urged the locals to accept their extreme form of Islam. Outside the village the Islamic terrorists set up roadblocks and demanded payment of “taxes” for those who wanted to pass. All this happened 15 kilometers from a military base and soon soldiers showed up and the al Shabaab men slipped away.
    June 1, 2015: In central Somalia (Galgadud) a week of violence on the Ethiopian border has left about fifty nomads dead because of attacks by a local militia that serves as an Ethiopian government-approved border guard. The militia has long had problems with the Somali nomads crossing the border at will and this led to a series of attacks to drive the nomads away. Officials from Somalia and Ethiopia are meeting to work out a peace deal.  
    May 28, 2015: In the south (Lower Juba) a senior al Shabaab leaders (73 year old Sheikh Hassan Turki) died after an illness. Turki was the chief of finance and had a $3 million price on his head. He will be hard to replace and thus al Shabaab becomes even less capable.
    May 26, 2015: In central Somalia (Hiran) peacekeepers and soldiers drove al Shabaab out of several more villages, killing eleven of the Islamic terrorists in the process. Many weapons and some bomb making materials were captured.
    May 25, 2015: In the south (Dobley) peacekeepers killed seven al Shabaab men near the Kenyan border.
    In northeast Kenya (Garissa) al Shabaab ambushed a police convoy and killed more than a dozen policemen. 
    May 23, 2015: In Mogadishu al Shabaab gunmen attacked a car carrying two members of parliament and killed one of them. In the south (Awdhegle and Mubarak) al Shabaab gunmen attacked two villages. Soldiers soon showed up and chased the Islamic terrorists out. All this fighting caused over fifty casualties, mostly among the al Shabaab men.  

    May 21, 2015: In northeast Kenya (near Garissa) al Shabaab raided a village. Soldiers soon arrived and the Islamic terrorists fled. There were no casualties.

    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Death toll rises as fighting continues near Somalia-Ethiopia border

    Death toll rises as fighting continues near Somalia-Ethiopia borderDespite calls for ceasefire, fighting has continued for a second week in villages close to the border that separates Somalia and Ethiopia, residents have said.
    According to local sources, there were two clashes in three villages from Wednesday to Thursday morning, killing at least 19 people and unknown numbers injured.
    A journalist in Galgadud region has told Horseed Media that the conflict has forced many families to flee from their homes and seek for refuge in remote areas.
    Regional Somali government officers have described the death toll of the conflict since it started last week more than 70.
    The reasons that led to the conflict it’s yet unclear, but multiple sources have told Horseed Media it’s linked totribal disputes and pasture. Others have said the conflict erupted last week after forces from the Somali region state of Ethiopia invaded two villages close to the border.
    Somalia and Ethiopian government have not officially spoken of this conflict.
    In recent years, several conflicts have occurred in the Somalia-Ethiopia border mostly related to tribal and pasture dispu

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Somali-American on FBI watch list detained in Somalia: source

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Washington-area taxi driver who was on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list has been detained and is in the custody of the Somali government, a U.S. government source said on Monday.
    The FBI in said in January it added Somali-born U.S. citizen Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, to its watch list because he allegedly provided support to the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al Shabaab.
    The U.S. source said Mohamed was arrested several days ago by Somali authorities and was now in Somali custody, but it was not clear if or when he would be sent back to the United States. The Washington Post first reported on Monday that Mohamed had been detained in Somalia.
    Mohamed lived in the northern Virginia suburbs near Washington and drove a taxi. He left the United States in 2012.
    He was said at the time to be an associate of Zachary Chesser, an American who pleaded guilty in 2010 to threatening the writers of the television show “South Park.”
    (Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Emily Stephenson. Editing by Andre Grenon)

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    US bank shuts down informal remittances to Somalia - WBOC-TV -


    Associated Press

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - A man raises his cane in anger outside Somalia's largest money transfer company. He is furious that the Merchants Bank of California has announced it will shut down accounts for informal money-remittance services in Somalia that have been a lifeline to many Somalis who receive money from families abroad.
    "If they close the hawala (Somali for money transfer agency), will they pay our bills? I'm totally hopeless." said Zahra Hussein, a mother of nine in Mogadishu, outside an agency where she received the news.
    Money transfer services have operated for years, but they are now under intense scrutiny as many countries, especially the U.S. and U.K., have accused the agencies of helping fund Islamic extremist terrorist groups. That concern has forced some international banks to terminate business with them - anti-terror laws hold banks responsible if they transfer money to criminal or terror elements.
    In 2013, Barclays, one of Britain's largest banks, cut ties with Dahabshiil, a Somali company that brings in the majority of the country's $1.2 billion in yearly remittances, according to the U.N.
    Merchants Bank of California informed Somali-American money transfer operators that it would discontinue their relationship in late January. The decision will likely affect more companies that allow transfers of money from the U.S.
    No formal banking system exists in Somalia, and making such transfers is the only realistic way many Somalis can receive cash.
    Somalia's prime minister, along with aid workers and experts, have asked banks to back down on these decisions.
    "We need to find a permanent solution to keep open this vital humanitarian lifeline," said Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke. He said the money transfer would help bring peace to the Horn of Africa nation, which is recovering from decades of war and sees almost daily violence by militant group al-Shabab.
    "Remittances form the backbone of Somalia's economy," said Degan Ali, the executive director of aid group Adeso. Nearly three-quarters of a million Somalis are facing acute food shortages, she said, "and we are likely to see that number rise if money transfer companies cannot remit funds from the United States."
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    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Somalia: Who Destroyed Somali Hopes And Dreams? Part V | RBC Radio

    Abdulkadir  Aden Mohamud “Jangeli”

    Abdulkadir Aden Mohamud “Jangeli”
    The literature you are about to read is divided into several parts. Its contents are based on facts and fictions. The players are the stakeholders of Somali politics and plights: Ethiopia, Kenya, Al-shabaab, “fadhikudirir,” so called parliament and the rest of the world.
    President Hassan has appointed Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the third Prime Minister within the two years that he has been in the office. Alas, that tells how astute President Hassan is! Yet, the parliament gave vote of confidence to Sharmarke before he was given the list of his cabinet members, which exceeds 60 names. Like the Gang of Four of China in 1970’s during the cultural revolution, Somalia is hostage for the manipulation of
    four men who control President Hassan’s decisions and activities.
    Meanwhile, Ethiopians were very happy and satisfied the 60 members of the cabinet , especially the Four Gang were placed in the offices they wanted. But, a group of parliament members rejected Sharmarke’s cabinet members and warned that they will not give a vote of confidence.
    Mr. Mariumu called his advisors as soon as he heard the bad news from Somali parliament’s rejection of the Ethiopian preferred Four Gang to be part of the new administration.
    Mariumu: The news coming from Mogadishu is very bad for our goals and I am not pleased with Mr. Girgis. He assured me that Mr. Hassan and his advisors are masters of manipulation and experts of corruption and they will adequately deal with every obstacle of our plan. A group of boneheads from the parliament have spoiled our strategy and they are rejecting our men.
    Alamanie: Who is this group? And how come they have the guts to reject what we want?
    Girgis: They are the worst spoilers in the parliament and they are self-nominated as “National Salvation Group”
    Alamanie: Where were Hassan and Farah when this spurious group was forming such a fake Somali “Salvation”.
    Girgis: There is also another group called “National Correction Group” This group is about 70 members of parliament.
    Alamanie: And how many members are the National Salvation group?
    Girgis: They are between 80 and 100 members of the parliament. In total they can be 170 members of the parliament.
    Mariumu: NO no no … this will change the whole landscape that we designed for Somalia. It is very dangerous for the plan of fishing Indian Ocean and Golf of Aden. We have to send delegations to Mogadishu, Galmudug, Puntland and Cabduwaq.
    Alamnie: Please explain in layman’s term the main tasks of these delegations?
    Mariumu: Before I explain the tasks, let me tell you about the main delegation which I intend to go into Mogadishu.This delegation must be led by top officials. We can’t go into Mogadishu without a reason, so we make a call for IGAD to meet in Mogadishu before the parliament reject the cabinets. This will give us an opportunity to talk with all the parties, including spoilers.
    Meanwhile, we send delegation to Abudwaq to wake up Ahlu Sunna Wal-Jama and arm them to make some military activities in central regions. Thanks to Al-Shabab they are always doing their military actives in Southern Regions and Mogadishu, so they don’t need an emissary. Regarding Galmug, Abdi Qeybdid must stick to his positions about the division of Mudug region and must show that he is ready to fight as long as he has a drop of a blood in his veins. And we have to make him understand our position if he needs our support. Meanwhile, Abduweli Gas must reject the division of Mudug or even discuss this issue to any individual. He must show his muscle to anybody who tries to be part of Central Regional government and we will support him in that regard. These are the tasks of our delegation into different parts of ex-Somalia.
    Girgis: It is a wonderful plan and I knew that you are a valuable student of our beloved late leader Mr. Zinawi; moreover, you are following his footsteps and blueprint for Somalia….KKKKKKK
    Mariumu: Zinawi was a visionary leader and as you remember his last words were not to confront Somalis with military. They can easily defeat us regardless of our military superiority. Never forget how they were fighting in Mogadishu in 2007. Britain called them nomads without fear. So the best strategy is to divide and rule. It easy to set them clan based enclaves and give a false titles to the most power hunger person in the clan. They love titles like president, Prime Minister, Clan Chief or King. And they don’t care whether it is based on a clan affiliation or national. Look at the prominent Professors from USA Universities Mr. Galeydh and Gas who became Prime Ministers of Somalia and now they are running their small clan enclaves. Therefore, it is enough to give them a title and give them the tools to fight each other.
    Girgis: I like that ……. Khatumo against Somaliland, Puntland against Khatumo, Somaliland against Puntland, and now Awdal…. It is amazing how good they are implementing our plan.
    Alamanie: Mr. Girgis don’t forget Southwest Regions of Madobe Nuunow against Southwest Regions of sharif Hassan, Jubbaland against Southwest Regions and Galmug against Puntland.
    Girgis: The irony is we support all of them and they know it, but never question our intention of supporting their enemies.
    Mariumu: That is what our late leader figured out best to disintegrate Somali nationhood and possess the Shores of the Indian Ocean.
    Alamanie: Why did we once believe that Somalis are intelligent people? It seems that they are not if they have not yet figured out our games.
    Marium: Because they are all political animals and they love the power which blinds them. As long as you give them tools to grab any kind of power they forget what is good for their nation or clan.
    Girgis: Mr. Prime Minister when are you dispatching the delegations?
    Mariumu: As soon as possible.
    Dr. Tedros led a delegation from Ethiopia to participate the Meetings of IGAD in Mogadishu. This meeting is about Somalia’s future and political stability. IGAD contributes to the majority of AMISOM’s military wing, even though it has been founded as a development organization. It stands for “Intergovernmental Authority for Development,” but Ethiopia changed it into a tool to manipulate Somali political affairs.
    Now Ethiopians have seen that they can’t change much about the parliament positions, so they advised Hassan and Sharmarke to change the tactics and withdraw the names of ministers they nominated for re-organization.
    Ifteen: Is this true or am I dreaming? Did our parliament reject the Four Gangs and the puppets of Hassan Sheikh?
    Taagane: Your enthusiasm will not last more than a few days. I know these guys, at the end of the day Hassan will buy them off, plus Ethiopia’s interference can change the whole dynamics.
    Ifteen: Nonsense! 157 members of the parliament are moving towards the right direction and even NATO can’t stop them. They feel the heat of the people and that is their fuel of no return. Today it is like the day we founded SYL so be optimistic brother!
    Taagane: I love to be optimistic, but do you believe Godax Barre and his group are sincere?
    Ifteen: Yes, until they show differently. We have to believe them and verify what they are claiming is true.
    Mubarak: Abduweli was my classmate, and I talked to him during the campaign of no vote of confidence… and he told me that this will be good whether he stays or not. The parliament is changing their attitude by not acting on just the behalf of their clans. Sometimes what we may believe to be a bad action, may bring a brighter outcome for Somalia a whole.
    Taagane: These parliamentarians are rebels, and rebels don’t last long.
    Ifteen: Let me tell you a quote from Frederick Douglas “The thing worse than a rebellion, is the thing that causes the rebellion.”
    ………………………………….. To be continue VI
    Abdulkadir Aden Mohamud “jangeli”

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    Prof. Muse Tegegne has lectured sociology Change &  Liberation  in Europe, Africa and Americas. He has obtained  Doctorat es Science from the University of Geneva.   A PhD in Developmental Studies & ND in Natural Therapies.  He wrote on the  problematic of  the Horn of  Africa extensively. He Speaks Amharic, Tigergna, Hebrew, English, French. He has a good comprehension of Arabic, Spanish and Italian.