Tag Archives: AMISOM

Kenya, Ethiopia Proxy War Over Jubaland Election, Refuses Ethiopian Plane to Land

Ethiopia and Kenya, are in a tussle for influence over Jubaland's next president
Two AMISOM troops contributing countries, Ethiopia and Kenya, are in a tussle for influence over Jubaland’s next president. Kenya backs incumbent; Ethiopia backs opponents.

BY ABDIQANI HASSAN | REUTERS

Kismayo airport in southern Somalia refused to allow an Ethiopian plane to land on Monday, a witness said, amid heightened tensions between the federal government and the regional leadership ahead of elections on Thursday. Continue reading Kenya, Ethiopia Proxy War Over Jubaland Election, Refuses Ethiopian Plane to Land

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

Somalia Troops Contributing Countries Call on UN to Reverse Troop Withdraw Resolution

The leaders have described as ‘unrealistic’ any attempts to withdraw their troops under AMISOM by 2020 despite a resolution by the UN Security Council.

The role of these five East African countries in Somalia has been more of self-serving. If not, they have been “fighting” al-Shabaab for over 12 years, why haven’t they won?

BY HALIMA ATHUMANI | VOA NEWS

The five East African nations contributing troops to the AMISOM peacekeeping mission in Somalia have called on the U.N. Security Council to keep troops slated for removal by 2020.

The withdrawal of the more than 20,000 AMISOM peacekeepers from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, and Djibouti is slated to begin this year. Continue reading Somalia Troops Contributing Countries Call on UN to Reverse Troop Withdraw Resolution

US Suspends Aid to Somalia’s Battered Military Over Corruption

The suspension came after the Somali military repeatedly failed to account for food and fuel

“During recent discussions between the United States and the Federal Government of Somalia, both sides agreed that the Somali National Army had failed to meet the standards for accountability for U.S. assistance.” – State Department official

BY KATHARINE HOURED | REUTERS

The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the military as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month.

African Union (AU) troops landed in Mogadishu a decade ago to fight al Shabaab Islamist militants and Somali forces are supposed to eventually take over their duties. But the United States, which also funds the 22,000-strong peacekeeping force, has grown frustrated that successive governments have failed to build a viable national army. Continue reading US Suspends Aid to Somalia’s Battered Military Over Corruption

AMISOM Begins Troop Withdrawal from Somalia

‘One-thousand troops to leave Somalia by the end of the year. The rest of the withdrawal process will be gradual and conditions-based’ :  Amb. Francisco Madeira

The announcement comes at a time when the US appears to be stepping up its military attacks in Somalia. Something is not right.

BY VOA NEWS

The African Union says it has begun its withdrawal from Somalia and will cut 1,000 troops by the end of this year as security responsibilities start to shift to the local military.

The continental body said Tuesday that the move comes at a critical time, less than a month after the country’s worst attack killed more than 350 people. The Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group has been blamed. Continue reading AMISOM Begins Troop Withdrawal from Somalia

Somalia Police, Intelligence Chiefs Fired After Deadly Hotel Siege

Intel Chief Abdullahi Mohamed Sanbalolshe and Commander of the Police Abdihakim Saaid sacked after extremist hotel siege killed at least 26 people.

A night-long assault on a Mogadishu hotel killed at least 26 people. Cabinet voted to sack the Chief.

BY VOA NEWS

Somalia’s police commander and intelligence chief have been fired, after a deadly al-Shabab siege of hotel in the capital Mogadishu. Officials say at least 26 people were killed in the attack on the popular Nasa Hablod Two hotel in Mogadishu. Dozens more were injured in the explosion. Continue reading Somalia Police, Intelligence Chiefs Fired After Deadly Hotel Siege