18 May 2021
The Somali Partnership Forum, an event that brings together national and int'l stakeholders opens in Mogadishu. Participants discussed federal govt priorities including security, elections, constitution issues, Covid-19 were discussed, reports. A communique is to be issued later
The federal govt of Somalia welcomes efforts to mediate between Gulf countries. the gulf between stakeholders in Somalia continues
Jubbaland statement on election process
Turkey military training efforts in Somalia are full speed ahead. Some 2500 graduates thus far, as Ankara aim for 10,000. Somali battalions also sent to Turkey for elite training. The entire US IMET program only trains 5000 globally per year
Spokesperson for 14 presidential candidates in Somalia says they've appointed a "national salvation electoral committee", essentially a parallel committee to work on holding elections. It followed after the disputed national electoral committee chose a chair earlier today
Colonel Ahmed Abdullahi Sheikh, former commander of Somalia's American-trained commando unit, the Danab, said a U.S. withdrawal would be a setback for efforts to stabilize the country. Al-Shabaab will claim the withdrawal as victory, he said
Withdrawal of US troops from Somalia is a gift to Al-Qaeda, says Congressman Jim Langevin
"The forces re-positioning from Somalia are moving to partner countries elsewhere in the region to accomplish their missions," U.S. Africa Command spokesman says. "The U.S. military is not withdrawing from East Africa
US to withdraw nearly all troops from Somalia by jan 15, leaving small presence in Mogadishu: US Defense official
The @DeptofDefense announced late Friday that President Trump has ordered "the majority" of the ~700 US troops in Somalia to leave the country "by early 2021," in what is just the latest major military policy decision being taken in the final days of the Trump Administration
Clan militias clash with security forces in Beledweyne town as some residents took to the street in opposition to a reported visit from the federal govt-supported leader of Hirshabelle regional admin. Beledweyne residents say recent election of Ali Gudlawe violates power-sharing
Somalia electoral process agreed between the federal govt and regions comes to an impasse due to the ongoing dispute over the composition of electoral, and disputes commissions. There are also disagreements over the election process of Somaliland MPs and Gedo
5 month ago
3 federal soldiers from the 60th Division were killed, one escaped during an encounter with Al-Shabaab in Daynunay area near Baidoa. The 4 soldiers left their base in attempt to reach Baidoa but were ambushed by Shabaab. Officials could not be reached to comment on what happened
Kenya: Al-Shabaab suspected militants attacked a police base in Garissa on Wednesday, destroyed an arsenal and shot a policeman, seriously injuring him
Air Djibouti plane suffers landing gear collapse on landing at Garowe airport, Somalia. The flight headed from Djibouti to Mogadishu with stop at Hargeysa and Garowe. No casualties reported5 month ago
Air Djibouti plane suffers landing gear collapse on landing at Garowe airport, Somalia. The flight headed from Djibouti to Mogadishu with stop at Hargeysa and Garowe. No casualties reported
In a new war of words, a Somali minister accuses Kenya of treating Somalia "the way Tigray (leadership) did to us"
Somalia: Opposition presidential candidates expressed concern at federal govt's recent decision to recall Amb to Kenya, a move they see being used as an "election campiagn"; worried negative impact on Somali businesses, students, travellers and refugees in Kenya - statement
Somalia is running for the post of Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, sources. Amb to China @Awalekullane is Somalia's candidate for the post. Djibouti's Hasna Barkat Daoud also running. Election is to be held in Feb 2021. It is the 1st time Somalia is running for this post
Huge protests held in Bosaaso as local residents are calling on Somali president @M_Farmaajo to save them from Said Deni of Puntland and DP world - based in Dubai5 month ago
Huge protests held in Bosaaso as local residents are calling on Somali president @M_Farmaajo to save them from Said Deni of Puntland and DP world - based in Dubai
Geolocation of AlShabaab fighters during attack this morning on Bacaadweyne in Mudug region of Somalia.
Geolocation of AlShabaab fighters during attack this morning on Bacaadweyne in Mudug region of Somalia.
Militant group Al-Shabaab displayed weapons purportedly seized following yesterday's attack on the town of Ba'adweyne. Earlier armed villagers speaking to the media argued they recovered some of the vehicles carrying heavy guns. Both sides suffered casualties per residents5 month ago
Militant group Al-Shabaab displayed weapons purportedly seized following yesterday's attack on the town of Ba'adweyne. Earlier armed villagers speaking to the media argued they recovered some of the vehicles carrying heavy guns. Both sides suffered casualties per residents
Kenya says it has not received official communication from Somalia requesting Amb. Lucas Tumbo to leave Mogadishu, regrets decision by federal govt of Somalia, says it respects sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity of all countries - statement
At least one Kenya police officer killed, 5 others injured, 3 of them in life-threatening situations, following a roadside blast in Mandera County yesterday. Officers were escorting commuter buses that operate between Mandera and Nairobi. AlShabaab claimed responsibility5 month ago
At least one Kenya police officer killed, 5 others injured, 3 of them in life-threatening situations, following a roadside blast in Mandera County yesterday. Officers were escorting commuter buses that operate between Mandera and Nairobi. AlShabaab claimed responsibility
Somali troops, villagers regain control following early Monday morning Al-Shabaab attack on Ba'adweyne town in Mudug region; multiple fatalities reported. Villagers have displayed at least one Al-Shabaab fighter captured during the fighting
At least 20 people killed following deadly AlShabaab attack on a Somali military base at Ba'adeyn village in central Somalia this morning. Militants claimed to have seized 5 army vehicles including two Zu-23mm anti-aircraft guns. No comment fro govt officials so far
In English, here is the full statement by Somalia in recalling its Ambassador to Nairobi and expelling Kenya's Ambassador to Mogadishu
Somalia accused Kenya of "placing great political pressure" on Jubbaland leader Ahmed Madobe in order to "pursue its political and economic interests" in Somalia; alleges Madobe reneged on election agreement reached on Sept 17 as a "result of Kenya govt's political interference"
Somalia has recalled its Ambassador to Nairobi Mohamud Ahmed Tarsan, instructed Kenya Amb to Mogadishu Lucas Tumbo to leave over Kenya's "overt and blatant interferences" in the internal and political affairs of Somalia - statement
Al Shabaab assassins shot dead a prominent Clan elder identified as Hassan Ibrahim Nuur moments ago in the Howlwadaag neighbored in Beledweyne city of central Somalia - Sources
The faces of the three Al-Shabaab operatives before they were executed this morning in Mogadishu as military court official General Abdullahi Bule Kamey read out the crimes they were convicted. (Video courtesy of state media)
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