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Somali Intelligence Chief accuses Qatar of links with Al-Shahbaab: Saudi Influence?

19 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

From Hiiraan Online

Abdullahi Mohamed Ali (Sanbalolshe), former director of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA)

Abdullahi Mohamed Ali (Sanbalolshe), former director of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), according to Somali Affairs, has accused Qatar of maintaining active links with the Somali extremist group, Al-Shahbaab.

Ex-Somali Intelligence Chief was commenting on the role played by Doha in the recent release of the abducted Italian aid worker Aisha Romano (formerly Silvia Romano), who was held captive the militant group Al-Shabaab for years. Here is a link to the story that appeared in Somali Affairs quoting the Somali Intelligence Chief.

Somali Affairs reports that in an interview with the Saudi-owned, Arabic Al-Arabia TV, Sanbalolshe, Ex-Somali Intelligence Chief, said Qatar has kept alive its contacts with Al-Shabaab for years, and that the Gulf country has been instrumental to the terror group in its drive to generate income from ransom payments.

Qatari Intelligence or Turkish Intelligence? 

However the appearance of this interview, by ex-Somali Intelligence Chief, on Saudi-owned Al-Arabia raises questions about the credibility of Sanbalolshe’s claims since relations between Doha and Riyadh are tense and a narrative war is continuing for past several years.

Sanbalolshe’s – ex-Somali Intelligence Chief – claims are also problematic because most of the Italian and Turkish sources have given credit to Turkish Intelligence, Italian and Somali government agencies for mediating this release.

In Italy the furore is rather focused on Silvia Romano’s claims that she has become a Muslim after carefully reading Quran and her new name is Aisha. She claims and explains to Italian prosecutors that there was never any pressure upon her and she was not physically abused by her captors. Aisha is the most popular Muslim name – coming from early days of Islam when the youngest wife of Prophet of Islam, Mohammad (PBUH) was Aisha or Ayesha.

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Ethiopia on the brink. Everyone has failed Somalia— its politicos, Horn nations, AU, UN, the West bear huge responsibilities, TPLF most of all! PART I (1)

27 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    The following introductory paragraphs are intended to serve as a curtain raiser for the articles that would follow it in the weeks to come.

    The main conclusion is its open and honest claim that Somalia could have been up and running long ago, if the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the forces it commands within Somalia — including all sorts of shady Somalia militias — have not been allowed to become authors and contributors of Somalia’s continuing tragedy.

    In that, the individual articles provide tissues forming the conclusion’s muscle.

    While engaging Al-Shabaab as everyone’s enemy, probably as a convenient cover for the top military leadership’s goal(s), these bad apples within the TPLF and their allies’ preoccupation has been their own superior position inside Somalia and Ethiopia. This perception assumes TPLF’s continuity in power in Ethiopia, which takes among others pacifying Somalia and keeping it weaker.
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ኢትዮጵያና ሶማሊያ አል ሸባብን ለማጥፋት የሚደረገውን ዘመቻ አጠናክሮ ለማስቀጠል ተስማሙ! ይህ አባባል እውነት ነውን?

24 Oct

የአዘጋጁ አስተያየት፡

    የውይይታቸውን ዝርዝር ይዘት አልተነገረንም። ግን እንደሚመስለን ከሆን፣ የዚህ ዜና ርዕስ “ሶማልያ ኢትዮጵያ ጦሯን ከአሚሶም ሥር እንድታደርግና ከአልሻባብ ጋር የሚደረገው ትግል እንዲጠናከር ሶማልያ ጠየቀች” ማለት አልነበረበትም ወይ?

    ከሥር በመካከላቸው ያለውን ችግር እንደተከታተለ አምድ፣ በሶማልያም ሆነ በአሚሶም በኩል ያለባቸው ችግር የኢትዮጵያ ጦር ከሰላም አስከባሪው ኃይል ጋር አብሮ ለመሥራት ፈቃደኛ አልመሆን ነው! ጦሩ እንደልቡ ይወጣል ይገባል፣ ለምን እንዲህ አልተባበር ባይ መሆን ዓላማውን አጠራጣሪ ኃይል አድርጎታል፤ — ምንም እንኳ ከአልሸባብ ጋር ብዙ ጊዜ መፋለሙ ቢታወቅም!

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Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

16 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jason Burke, The Guardian

The death toll in the bombing that hit the centre of Mogadishu on Saturday continues to rise, with more than 300 people now believed to have been killed and hundreds more seriously injured.

The scale of the loss makes the attack, which involved a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives, one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years.
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Ethiopia must let Somalia determine its own fate

1 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jamal Osman*
Somalia will not be able to assert itself and prosper until Ethiopia stops meddling in its affairs. Western nations also need to reevaluate their support of the Ethiopian regime if they ever want to see peace in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia has long been a thorn in the side of Somalia, a troublesome neighbour, and an obstacle to regional peace.
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UPDATE 6: Kenyan forces kill two terrorists, take control of Westgate mall

23 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Kenyan forces assaulted terrorists in Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall on Monday afternoon, killing two and claiming to take control of all floors of the building despite the continued presence of gunmen inside.
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UPDATE 5: Death toll in Kenya mall attack rises to 68

22 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — Sixty-eight dead. At least 175 injured. About 30 hostages still inside, as well as perhaps a dozen gunmen.
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