UPDATE: At least four dead in Al Shabaab assault on Somali capital Mogadishu

UPDATE: At least four dead in Al Shabaab assault on Somali capital Mogadishu Source: Reuters, Saturday March 23, 2019 Destruction caused after a previous blast was claimed by al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, Somalia. (File photo: AP) Al Shabaab stormed a Somali government building in Mogadishu on Saturday, with at least four people killed in the suicide car bomb attack by the country’s Islamist group and an ensuing gunfight A large explosion shook the center of the Somali capital in the latest bombing by Al Shabaab, which is fighting to establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of sharia law, as the group blasted its way into the building. “Al Shabaab stormed the building where two ministries including the ministry of labor work. So far we know 4 people are dead but (the) death toll is sure to rise,” Major Abdullahi Nur, a police officer told Reuters. Eleven people were injured, Dr. Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin Ambulance Service told Reuters, adding some were still trapped inside the building and that it was not possible to rescue them because of an ongoing gun battle. Al Shabaab said one of its fighters had rammed the ministry building with a suicide car bomb, allowing others to enter it. Nur said people were being rescued with a ladder from the upper floors and that an exchange of gunfire was still going on. “We are inside the building and (the) fighting goes on. We shall give details later,” Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman told Reuters. Al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s western backed central government, was ejected from...

Madaxweyne Farmaajo: “abaalkey Jabuuti noo gashay waan gudi doonaa”

Madaxweyne Farmaajo: “abaalkey Jabuuti noo gashay waan gudi doonnaa. Source: Hiiraan Online, 17 March 2019 Lahaanshaha sawirkaVILLA SOMALIAImage captionXarig ka jarka safaaradda Jabuuti ee Muqdisho Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda Jabuuti Mudane Ismaaciil Cumar Geelle ayaa soo gabagabeeyay booqashadii labada maalmood ahayd ee uu ku yimid magaalada Muqdisho kaddib martiqaad uu ka helay Madaxweyne Maxamed Cabdullaahi Farmaajo. Lahaanshaha sawirkaVILLA SOMALIAImage captionSafaaradda cusub ee ay Jabuuti ka dhisatay magaalada Muqdisho Madaxweyne Farmaajo iyo Madaxweyne Geelle ayaa ka hor intii aanu ka duulin Garoonka Diyaaradaha ee Aadan Cabdulle, waxa ay xarigga ka jareen dhismaha cusub ee safaaradda Dowladda Jabuuti ku yeelanayso Soomaaliya. Lahaanshaha sawirkaVILLA SOMALIImage captionMadaxweyne Farmaajo oo furitaanka safaaradda ka hadlaya Madaxweyne Farmaajo oo munaasabadda ka hadlay ayaa sheegay “in soo dhawaynta Madaxweyne Ismaaciil Cumar Geelle loogu sameeyay Muqdisho ay ka tarjumayso wanaagga iyo jacaylka ay Soomaalidu u hayso reer Jabuuti, isaga oo adkeeyay muhiimadda xiriirka walaaltinimo iyo wadashaqaynta labada dal”. “Sida diirran ee dadka Soomaaliyeed ee Muqdisho ku nool kuu soo dhaweeyeen Madaxweyne adiga iyo wafdigaaga waxay muujinaysaa abaalka iyo wanaagga badan ee Soomaalidu u hayso reer Jabuuti. Horay abaal waan idiin galnay waadna guddeen, annagana waad noo gasheen waana gudi doonnaa.” ayuu yiri Madaxweyne Farmaajo. Lahaanshaha sawirkaVILLA SOMALIAImage captionMadaxweyne Ismaaciil Cumar Geelle oo ka hadlaya furitaanka dhismaha cusub ee safaaradda Jabuuti Madaxweyne Geelle ayaa isna dhankiisa xusay sida uu ugu faraxsan yahay booqashadiisa Muqdisho isaga oo sheegay “inuu miradhalay dadaalkii ka bilawday Carta ee loo galay sidii Soomaaliya ula soo noqon lahayd dowladnimadeeda iyo sharaftii ay caalamka ku lahayd. “Waxaa qalbigaygu uu la damqanayaa waxa inaga dhexeeya. Dadaalkii labaatan sano ka hor ka soo billawday shirkii Carte ee ahaa inaan ku adkeyno...

Sudan, limate Change and Conflict

Sudan, limate Change and Conflict Source: The New Arab published on 13 March 2019 The New Arab published on 13 March 2019 an article titled “Iraq and Sudan Show How Climate Change Fuels War” by Austin Bodetti, a freelance journalist. The author draws parallels between conflict in Iraq and Sudan, noting the negative impact of climate change and drought. 0 comments Labels: climate change, conflict, Darfur, drought, Iraq,...

Salvaging South Sudan’s Fragile Peace

Salvaging South Sudan’s Fragile Peace Source: The International Crisis Group (ICG) published on 13 March 2019 The International Crisis Group (ICG) published on 13 March 2019 a report titled “Salvaging South Sudan’s Fragile Peace Deal.” The peace deal under discussion neither resolves the power struggle between President Salva Kiir and erstwhile rebel leader Riek Machar nor outlines a final political settlement for South Sudan. Rather, it establishes a wobbly Kiir-Machar truce and grafts it onto the previous failed peace terms. ICG argues that to stave off renewed civil war, external actors should urge the belligerents to strike new bargains on security and internal boundaries and accept a third-party protection force for the capital of Juba. 0 comments Labels: AU, conflict, EU, governance, IGAD, Norway, peace, Riek Machar, Salva Kiir, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, UK, UN,...

Creating a Red Sea Forum

Creating a Red Sea Forum Source: Brookings posted on 12 March 2019 Brookings posted on 12 March 2019 a proposal titled “Red Sea Blueprints: Designing a Forum for Gulf and Horn States” by Zach Vertin. It explains why there has not yet been a forum created for states on both sides of the Red Sea to discuss areas of conflict and cooperation. It concludes with four suggestions for creating a viable Red Sea Forum. 0 comments Labels: China, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Europe, Gulf of Aden, Gulf States, IGAD, Iran, Qatar, Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Turkey, UAE, US,...