At least 50 people, including three senior military officers, were killed Thursday when al-Shabab attacked a military base in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, military officials and witnesses told VOA. Those sources said the dead include at least 45 Puntland soldiers and five al-Shabab militants.
The term of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Institutions has expired, and there is no new president to take office as envisaged. The current political process has been as undemocratic as the one it seeks to replace, with unprecedented levels of political interference, corruption and intimidation. The end of the transition roadmap process – that is supposed to usher in an inclusive political dispensation – may fail to bring stability. Continue reading Somalia: From Troubled Transition to a Tarnished Transition?→
“Damn those Al-Shabab, Damn all those ungrateful Somalis! has become the West’s not so silent Lament,” Thomas C Mountain
By Thomas C. Mountain,
In a worrying sign for the powers that be in the west, the Somali national resistance under the umbrella of Al–Shabab has made its first major breakthrough in the northern region of Somalia by bringing into its folds the Islamic Resistance in Puntland.
Fears of all-out war in erstwhile peaceful northern Somalia grew dramatically Sunday after Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole warned Somaliland to “stop the massacre of civilians,” Radio Garowe reports.
During a Sunday interview, President Farole told the BBC Somali Service that Puntland’s government “will not remain on the sidelines” if Somaliland continues the violence. Continue reading All-out war Looming between Somaliland and Puntland→