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Somalia, the product of the merger in 1960 between a former British protectorate and an Italian colony, has had a violent and unstable history. In 1970 President Mohamed Siad Barre proclaimed a Socialist state and started close relations with the Soviet Union. Frequent conflicts with neighbours followed. When the regime was overthrown in 1991, Barre went into hiding and the country was carved up by heavily armed warlords. The long-suffering population, which numbers more than 10 million, was plunged into further misery when famine ravaged the country. In 1992 US Marines arrived ahead of UN peacekeepers in an attempt to restore order, but the "humanitarian intervention" ended in disaster when two US Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. As warlords celebrated the death of 19 American soldiers the US beat a hasty retreat. Somalian clan elders and other senior figures appointed Abdulkassim Salat Hassan president at a conference in 2000, but little progress was made until 2004, when a new parliament was created with Abdullahi Yusuf installed as president. The fledgling regime soon stuttered and fighting between the factions resumed. Guardian


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The end-of-2017 U.S. decision to suspend military aid to the Somali national army until the federal government can demonstrate better accountability and performance of its forces is appropriate. However, as I saw during my December research in Somalia, even combined with the significant increase in ...
HALIFAX -- The lawyer for a young man who has spent most of his life in Canada but is now facing deportation to Somalia says his client will soon be released from detention. Benjamin Perryman says the Immigration and refugee Board has ordered Abdoul Abdi to be released from custody.

Thousands in Somalia have been left with no shelter on the outskirts of Mogadishu. (Shutterstock). Related Articles. US says airstrike kills 2 militants in Somalia · Somalia releases jailed ex-minister and government detractor. Thousands in Somalia have been left with no shelter on the outskirts of Mogadishu ...
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says al-Shabaab conscripts the children by subjecting elders and religious school teachers to beatings, abductions and intimidation tactics. The group's campaign has focused on the Bay region in southwestern Somalia, where communities were already ravaged by droughts ...
The Somali capital Mogadishu was once called the 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean'. The country's beaches and historical sites formerly drew international visitors, but decades of civil war ended that. Now Somalia is trying to rebuild its tourism sector. Watch video 01:30 ...
Mogadishu, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Somalia said on Monday that it signed a raft of trade agreements with Turkey aimed at boosting an already thriving economic cooperation between the two countries. Somali Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Ahmed Gulaid said he signed a cooperation protocol during the ...

children learning to read the Quran at the Gaabow Islamic school in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, August 2013. Parents and teachers told Human Rights Watch that Al-Shabab militants threatened and on occasion abducted teachers and children from schools in rural areas of Bay region in September ...
In fact, in the past year, Somalia was the only neighbouring trade partner that registered strong growth in export volumes with Kenya. ... Among factors that make business sense to set up shop in Somalia is strong political leadership, headed by Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed, ...
Two weeks after being forcibly evicted from their shelters, thousands of vulnerable families are still living rough in the outskirts of Mogadishu. Somali security forces went in and destroyed 23 camps for internally displaced people, housing more than 4,000 Somalis, on 29 and 30 December last year ...
Mr Tohow returned to Somalia in 2006, 2012 and 2016, to work for aid agencies and attend international conferences on the country's development. While the Federal government committed $17 million towards humanitarian assistance in 2017, Mr Ahmed said Somalis living in Australia could help foster ...
Private company Salternas has secured a site on Somalia's northwest coast and is now pulling together funding for a detailed study into the merits of a huge salt project. Preliminary studies have estimated the project could support up to 10 million tonnes a year of salt exports and generate more than $US6 ...
(Nairobi) - The Islamist armed group Al-Shabab has threatened and abducted civilians in Somalia's Bay region to force communities to hand over their children for indoctrination and military training in recent months. Since late September 2017, Al-Shabab has ordered elders, teachers in Islamic religious ...
But many other decisions by the president, causing death and destruction in faraway places like Somalia, went considerably unnoticed. Only weeks after taking office, Trump signed a directive declaring parts of Somalia an "area of active hostilities". This declaration relaxed some of the rules aimed at ...
"We wish to deepen relations with Somalia. Turkey's investment in Somalia stands at over $100 million," Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag told a signing ceremony alongside his Somali counterpart Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid. "This figure forms a foundation to prompt bigger cooperation in the ...
One of the countries President Trump presumably had in mind when he disparaged Africa is Somalia, a country that he has included in several iterations of his travel ban. Now his government is stepping up deportations to Somalia, even though Trump's own State Department says it's unsafe to travel there.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees visited Somalia from 17 to 18 December. During his visit the High Commissioner pledged that UNHCR will continue investing in housing, education and livelihoods for returning refugees, IDPs and the local population, and emphasized that UNHCR only assists ...
I felt whole again. This personal incident, if nothing else, strengthened my conviction about the need for reconciliation to heal Somalia. No doubt, Somalia is making modest progress in rebuilding itself from the destruction wrought by decades of catastrophic civil war but the crucial agenda of grassroots truth, ...

Rahim Mohamed's daughter was born in October, but the 32-year old father, who has been detained in immigration custody since April, has not seen or held her. If Immigration and Customs Enforcement has its way, he won't get that chance. Instead, he will be summarily deported to Somalia, despite the ...
The Deyr rains (October- December) were below average, impacting negatively on crop production and pasture conditions across the country. Food security needs are nearly double the five-year average. More than two million people, including over one million in 2017, are displaced and constitute ...
Michael Keating (left), UN Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, and Somaliland's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Saad Ali Shire, speak to reporters at a press conference in Hargeisa, Somaliland. UN Photo/Tobin Jones ...
The situation in one of those nations, Somalia, in many ways mirrors in microcosm the 16-plus years of U.S. operations in Afghanistan. Not long after the 9/11 attacks, a senior Pentagon official suggested that the Afghan invasion might drive militants out of that country and into African nations. "terrorists ...
Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of the start of Australia's contribution to Peacekeeping Operations in Somalia amid civil war and famine. Mr Von Kurtz, from Townsville, was a platoon sergeant in the army's first battalion (1RAR) and was among the first to touch down in the lawless capital Mogadishu.
... Organization] to continue supporting the Ministry of Health and maintaining the close partnership with the local health authorities and partners to control disease outbreaks like measles and ensure high vaccination coverage for all Somali children," said Dr. Ghulam Popal, WHO Representative to Somalia.
Mogadishu, Somalia - AMISOM will this year intensify training and mentoring of the Somali police Force (SPF) officers to enable them to assume more security responsibilities in the country. The move in is line with the United Nations Security Council resolution, passed in August last year, which ...
Garowe, Puntland - Somaliland forces seized control of Tukaraq town in Sool region after heavy fighting erupted in the early hours of Monday morning, Garowe Online reports. Local residents confirmed to GO the takeover of the town, situated approximately 86Km [53 miles] away from Garowe, the ...
Mogadishu, Somalia, 7 January 2018 -- The Ministry of Health of the Federal government of Somalia, in partnership with WHO and UNICEF, has today concluded a five-day national measles campaign, targeting 1 million children aged 6 months to 10 years in Puntland, and 4.2 million across the country.
Kenya could be forced to compensate Somalia over oil exploration on a disputed sea area if the neighbouring country wins a case being adjudicated at the International Court Of Justice (ICJ). The case lodged by Somalia on August 28, 2014 is set to gain full steam after Kenya lost preliminary objections last ...
The United States military says it has carried out a drone strike in Somalia that has killed two al-Shabab extremists and destroyed a vehicle carrying explosives intended for use in another car bomb attack in the nation's capital, Mogadishu. The al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab extremist group was blamed for a ...
Having teetered on the brink of famine throughout much of 2017, rain over the final three months of the year was expected to bring much-needed relief to millions of people in Somalia. Unfortunately, the October-December rains failed to arrive. What was supposed to be three months of rainfall amounted to ...
The caution comes amid reports of rise in hunting of the reptiles in Puntland and Hirshabelle States, two semi-autonomous regions in northern and central Somalia, respectively. "Tortoises dwelling in our bushes are some of the rare animals spared from the ravages of human activities," said the director ...
Somalia Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire fired three key ministers on Thursday after weeks of political conflict with opposition and clan leaders. Foreign Minister Yusuf Garad Omar, Trade Minister Khadra Ahmed Duale and Interior Minister Abdi Farah Said were all sent packing. No reason was given for the ...
Turkish media report that the weapons exported to Somalia are the MPT-76, a Turkish-made rifle. Haga confirmed this to VOA Somali. "They have been equipped with Turkish-made rifles," he said. "When the soldiers were coming for the training they did not have weapons, Turkey equipped them, and ...
Somali government officials say al-Shabab militants have executed five men accused of spying for the Somali government, Kenyan and Ethiopian forces. The five men were publicly executed by a firing squad in the town of Kuntuwarey in Lower Shabelle region. "The men, innocent civilians, were paraded in ...
While Mr Warsama felt Somalia was stable enough for him to return, he still appealed to the international community to help the government to provide basic amenities such as security and shelter as well as a source of income. The voluntary repatriation programme was launched in December 2014 after ...
2 January 2018 - A senior United Nations official in Somalia expressed deep concern over reports of the unannounced destruction of settlements for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as well as humanitarian infrastructure in Mogadishu. "I am deeply saddened to learn of evictions, without prior notice, of internally ...
In December, a State Department official told CNN the US is cutting some military aid to Somalia due to allegations of misuse, a move that comes even though the US has become more involved in Somalia, fighting al-Shabaab and ISIS with airstrikes and having some 500 US troops in the country to advise ...
In a dawn attack on Ijaara police station in Garissa County, the Somalia-based Al Shabaab fighters overran the station and made away with ammunition, food stocks and a police Land Cruiser. Not for the first time, the militiamen destroyed a communications mast, perhaps to disable communication between ...
Somalia is experiencing an economic resurgence that was credited to Turkey's strategic partnership with the African country following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Somalia in 2011. The Somali people regard Turkey as a strategic partner that stood by their country and helped it put ...
Somali prosecutors have filed charges against five men in connection with the Oct. 14 truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed 512 people -- the single deadliest terrorist attack in African history. Four of the accused men are in government custody and appeared before a military tribunal in Mogadishu on ...
Earlier this year, President Trump declared parts of Somalia a warzone. Since then, the U.S. has conducted dozens of drone strikes trying to stop a ruthless terrorist group that's killed hundreds. CBS News' Deborah Patta filed this reporter's notebook from Mogadishu. How drones could be game-changer in ...
Earlier in December, a State Department official told CNN the US is cutting some military aid to Somalia due to allegations of misuse, a move that comes as the US has become more involved in Somalia, fighting the militant groups al Shabaab and ISIS with airstrikes and having some 500 US troops in the ...
"This will be an opportunity to contribute to the overall peace and stability in Somalia," Abdurahman Yusuf al-Adala, the director general of Somalia's Ministry of Information told VOA. "We will provide accurate and useful information to young people, which in turn helps them to understand the benefits of ...
File photo shows a family returns home after al-Shabaab vacates their strognhold in Mogadishu in 2011. (Xinhua/Faisal Isse). MOGADISHU, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. military intensified airstrikes in Somalia in the past week, killing at least 17 Al-Shabaab terrorists behind increased deadly attacks in ...
"To those who are against peace, Somalia is moving forward, and it's not going to stop for anyone," said Farmajo. "We are building the army and day after day they are getting better. We are telling you to stop what you are doing, killing your people. Come back to your people so that you can take part in ...
The President of Somalia's HirShabelle state Mr Mohamed Abdi ware has announced war against Alshabab. The president said that the state's army, Somali National Army and AMISOM peacekeeping troops will take part in the war to eradicate Alshabab from the region which will, in turn, make all the ...
The Somali government has retaken control of its air space after more than two decades. Air traffic over the Horn of Africa nation had been controlled by the United Nations from neighboring Kenya since 1992, a year after the Somali civil war broke out. Inaugurating the aviation control center in the capital, ...
Al-Shabab was blamed for the October truck bombing in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, that killed 512 people. Only a few attacks since 9/11 have left a higher death toll. The U.S. military has been also carrying out drone strikes in other part of the Middle East, most notably in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is ...
The unprecedented drought, spanning at least four consecutive poor rainy seasons, has resulted in severe and growing humanitarian needs across the country, according to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) released on 29 November by the Somalia Humanitarian Country Team. Food security ...
"No one should underestimate the many challenges ahead, and the serious issues that continue to retard and even threaten further progress," said Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia. "These include pervasive corruption, most obviously in politics, and ...
AMISOM. African Union Mission in Somalia troops patrol Mogadishu town on December 3, 2014. The transitional government of Somalia has been progressively taking over Amisom's roles. PHOTO ... Somalia's soldiers are being trained by the European Union (EU), Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.


 

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