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Ethiopia Ready to Launch ‘Massive Offensive’ Against Al-Shabab

The military campaign is in response to an ambush on Ethiopian troops and last week’s Nairobi hotel attack

Ethiopia’s military to unleash a massive military offensive against AL-Shabaab terror groups in Somalia a day after dozens of its troops reportedly killed in an ambush.

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Ethiopian National Defense Force on Saturday confirmed an ambush by al-Shabab extremists on an Ethiopian peacekeeping convoy in neighboring Somalia and said Ethiopian forces are preparing a “massive offensive” in response. Continue reading Ethiopia Ready to Launch ‘Massive Offensive’ Against Al-Shabab

Somalia Must Speed Overhauling its Fragile Army, say Donors

Donor fatigue. Somalia High-Level Conference in Brussels

BY MAGGIE FICK | REUTERS

Somalia should accelerate reforms of its army, its main foreign backers said on Wednesday after discussing slow progress in transforming the graft-ridden force into one capable of fighting al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants. Continue reading Somalia Must Speed Overhauling its Fragile Army, say Donors

Ugandan Forces Stuck in Somalia, Says Army Chief

“It has now implied that we cannot defend what we already have and neither can we effectively offend the enemy [Al-Shabaab] to degrade its capacity…. We’re stuck in Somalia” – Uganda Army Chief
BY RISDEL KSASIRA | THE MONITOR

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, has said Ugandan soldiers deployed in Somalia to fight the al-Shabaab are stranded due to underfunding, logistical deficits and a challenged Somali national force. Continue reading Ugandan Forces Stuck in Somalia, Says Army Chief

U.S. and UK May Have Been Wrongly Sanctioning Eritrea for Years

Has Eritrea Been Unfairly Sanctioned by the U.S. and UK (Others)?

The sanctions on Eritrea were imposed in December 2009 under trumped up charges of “Eritrea’s support to Al-Shebaab in Somalia”. The UN monitoring group, however, for the 4th consecutive year reported, it had found no evidence of Eritrea’s support to Al-Shabaab. Today, the UK drafted a resolution to extend the sanction by another year.

BY CONOR GAFFEY | NEWSWEEK

For the past eight years, Eritrea has been under a comprehensive arms embargo and tough sanctions on political leaders. The sanctions were imposed in 2009 by the United Nations Security Council after it found that Eritrea had “provided support to armed groups undermining peace and reconciliation in Somalia,” including Al-Shabab, the Al-Qaeda affiliate that continues to wage war on the Somali government. Continue reading U.S. and UK May Have Been Wrongly Sanctioning Eritrea for Years

UN Group Recommends Dropping Inquiry into Eritrea’s Ties to Al-Shabab

The finding of the UN panel that it has, for its 4th consecutive mandate, not found any conclusive evidence of support provided by Eritrea to Al-Shabaab, is reason enough to make the panel’s proposed visit to Eritrea irrelevant.

There’s nothing Eritrea to gain by allowing a UN Monitoring panel to visit the country. Admittedly, it failed to find substantive evidence to maintain the sanction. So, why some UNSC members singularly and inordinately focusing on the inability of the Group to visit Eritrea?

BY SALEM SOLOMON | VOA NEWS

After years of inquiry, the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has found no conclusive evidence of Eritrean support for al-Shabab militants in Somalia, an allegation that led to sanctions in 2009. Continue reading UN Group Recommends Dropping Inquiry into Eritrea’s Ties to Al-Shabab

Terror in Mogadishu: Notes on the Public Response and Counterterrorism

The deadliest terrorist attack in over a decade just occurred in Somalia. What happen to our solidarity hashtag? Where is the empathy for Somalia?

Were these people’s tragedies too marginal to grieve? The lack of public empathy for Somalia was startling but not surprising. (Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

BY FIKREJESUS AMHAZION (PhD)

Last week, in the heart of Mogadishu, one of the most devastating terrorist attacks anywhere in the world for many years took place. The death toll from the twin explosions in Somalia’s capital, which represent the worst attack the country has ever seen, stands at more than 300, with many still missing or unidentified and hundreds more severely injured. Continue reading Terror in Mogadishu: Notes on the Public Response and Counterterrorism

Somalia Declares 3-Days of National Mourning

Death toll from truck bomb blast rises to 189, making it the country’s deadliest single blast ever.

Somalia has suffered its deadliest single blast. At least 189 people were killed and more than 200 injured by a truck bomb in Mogadishu. (Photo: Reuters)

BY AL JAZEERA NEWS

The death toll of Saturday’s explosion in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu has increased to at least 189 people, an official from the city’s ambulance service told Al Jazeera. Another 200 people were wounded in the blast, which occurred at a busy junction. Continue reading Somalia Declares 3-Days of National Mourning

Somalia: Defense Minister and Army Chief Resign

A blow to the Farmaajo-Khayre government

Defense Minister Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed (L) and army chief General Mohamed Ahmed Jimale have resigned as Al-Shabaab steps up attacks on army bases across the southern and central parts of the country.

BY MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN | VOA NEWS

Somalia’s defense minister and the country’s military chief, who were leading the fight against Islamist militants, have both resigned from the government, officials said Thursday.

Speaking to VOA Somali, Information Minister Abdurahman Omar Osman said the defense minister, Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed, and the army chief, General Mohamed Ahmed Jimale, both submitted their resignations at the government’s weekly cabinet meeting. Continue reading Somalia: Defense Minister and Army Chief Resign