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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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Sudan military council rejects Ethiopia’s proposal for peace, accepts African Union’s

24 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Sudan’s military has rejected a proposal made by Ethiopian mediators and already accepted by the opposition coalition for the creation of a civilian transition body, and instead expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), both of whom are accused of backing the junta’s crackdown against civilians.

The ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) rejected Ethiopia’s proposal on Sunday, saying Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) should be unified in their efforts to mediate between the council and an opposition coalition on the structure of the country’s transitional government.

Back in April, Sudan’s military announced that it had unseated president Omar al-Bashir and later imprisoned him. It then set up the TMC to rule the country and promised to hand over after elections.


But protests, under whose pressure Bashir was forced out, have continued in Sudan, with people demanding that more civilians be on the council than military figures during the transition period.

Peaceful protests turned violent earlier this month, when the military started cracking down on demonstrators and using force to disperse sit-ins in the capital Khartoum.

PressTV-Sudan military attacks protesters as civil disobedience begins
PressTV-Sudan military attacks protesters as civil disobedience begins
Sudan’s military forces fire tear gas at protesters after they begin a civil disobedience campaign, called in the wake of a deadly crackdown on demonstrators.
The ruling generals and the coalition have also been holding talks for several weeks, but have so far failed to find a way out of the crisis.
In the meantime, Ethiopian mediators suggested that a ruling sovereign council would be made up of seven civilians and seven members of the military, with one additional seat reserved for an impartial individual, Reuters reported.
The council’s spokesman, Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi, said on Sunday the council had rejected Ethiopia’s proposal, but had agreed in principle to the African Union’s plan, details of which were not immediately known.

“The African Union’s initiative came first,” said Kabbashi, adding that the council had not studied the Ethiopian initiative, which he described as unilateral.

“We asked the mediators to unite their efforts and submit a joint paper as soon as possible to return the parties to negotiations,” Kabbashi added.

“The president (of the military council) clarified that he gave the mediators until tomorrow to present the joint vision,” said Yasser al-Atta, a member of the military council.

Atta also went on to dismiss reports that Saudi Arabia and UAE interfere in Sudan’s internal affairs.

“We do not accept dictations from any country,” Atta said. “Saudi Arabia and the UAE have not and will not dictate political or economic conditions.”

Both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have announced their support for the transitional military council. They have also expressed support for measures taken by the council following Bashir’s ouster.

PressTV-‘Bloody crackdown in Sudan launched at Saudi bidding’

PressTV-‘Bloody crackdown in Sudan launched at Saudi bidding’

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) launches the recent brutal crackdown on Sudanese protesters at the behest of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt, an expert says.

In a separate statement on Saturday, the deputy head of the military council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, thanked both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, saying they have provided the country with assistance without interfering in its affairs.

Dagalo, currently the second most powerful man in Sudan, has had close ties with both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, since his country joined a Saudi-led war against Yemen more than four years ago.

He has been overseeing Sudan’s more than 10,000 ground troops in Yemen.

Back in May, the general met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a visit to the kingdom. Reports said Riyadh pledged to continue supporting the military if Khartoum agrees to keep its forces in Yemen.

Dagalo said on Friday that Khartoum deployed some 30,000 troops to join the coalition in Yemen.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.

June 24, 2019


Al-Jazeera: the Qatar broadcaster at centre of diplomatic crisis

24 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Graham Ruddick, The Guardian
Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster that has found itself at the centre of the Gulf diplomatic crisis, was launched in 1996, and has since grown to become the most-watched TV channel in the Arab world.

It claims to broadcast to more than 310m households in more than 100 countries. The company employs more than 3,000 people and has a London studio in the Shard.
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Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque and pilgrims

24 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by The Guardian
Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, the interior ministry said.

The ministry described the plot as part of “self-serving schemes managed from abroad”.
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Can economic growth lead Ethiopia out of illegal migration fever?

12 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Xinhua, Daily Times
ADDIS ABABA: In the latest struggle with its illegal migration problem, Ethiopia is urging undocumented nationals residing in Saudi Arabia to take advantage of the three-month amnesty, which came into force on March 29.

While an estimated 400,000 Ethiopians are presently undocumented by the Middle Eastern country, only close to 50,000 of them have shown interest to return to their home country so far, according to the figure from the Ethiopian Government Communication Affairs Office. Amid a spate of incidents on illegal migration, including the recent arrest of 40 Ethiopians in Kenya’s Nairobi for being in the country illegally, the Ethiopian government has been advised to push further in the fight against migration.
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Data show Ethiopia as one of the five top national deteriorations in global & regional peace terms

1 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Global Peace Index 2017

Change in score 2014/15: +0.193

Change in rank 2014/15: 16
A welcome development is the fact that this year’s biggest fallers deteriorated to a lesser extent than the worst performers in the last edition of the GPI; indeed this year’s top faller, Ethiopia, had a score change less than half of that of last year’s top faller, Yemen. The five worst-performing countries are all in the sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Ethiopia’s score has suffered as a result of violent protests that led to a state of emergency giving the government significant powers to crack down on dissidents.
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ሆ! ሆ! ሆ! በኢትዮጵያና በሳዑዲ አረቢያ መካከል የሠራተኛ ስምሪት ስምምነት ተፈረመ! ፈቃድ የሌላቸው አብዛኞ ዜጎች መመለስ እንደማይሹ ይሰማል!

26 May

የአዘጋጁ ቅሬታ

    የሕወሃት ባለሥልጣኖች ስለሳኡዲ-ኢትዮጵያ አዲስ ስምምነት ይህንን ሰሞን ሲደሰኩሩ ይሰማል። ይኽውም አፍንጫቸውን ተይዘው (እነርሱ እንደሚሉት ደግሞ ለዜጎቻችን ተቆርቁረው) በሳውዲ ነባርና ግትር አቋም ላይ ተስማምተው ጀብዱና የዜጎችን መብት የሚያሰክር ሙያ እንደሠሩ ነው የሚናገሩት በተለይ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስትር ዶክተሩን ላዳመጠ!

    ‘በፈጣን የዕድገት ጎዳና’ ላይ የምትገኘው ሕወሃቶች የሚመዘብሯት ኢትዮጵያ ግን፣ ሕወሃት — ትራምፕ ሳውዲዎቹን ሲያቅፍ በማየታቸው — እምቢ ሲሉ የኖሩትን አንፈርምም ያሉትን ስምምነት ተፈራረምን ብለው ሲደሰኩሩ መስማቱ ያማል። ወደ መቶ ሺ የሚጠጉትንና ገና ሃገር ለቀው የሚሰደዱትን ወጣቶቻችን ጭምር ለሳኡዲዎቹ ግርድና ስምምነት አሳልፈው ሠጥተዋል ማለት ነው!
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Egypt’s High Administrative Court rejects govt appeal on Red Sea island deal, confirms Egyptian sovereignty – Justice is done!

16 Jan

Editor’s Note:

    The Egyptian public is within its right to be singing today the national anthem to express its joy and agreement with the court’s verdict of dismissing the government’s appeal to transfer the sovereignty of two Egyptian islands, Tiran and Sanafir – in the Gulf of Aqaba – to Saudi Arabia.
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