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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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Like TPLF-run Ethiopia, Turkey may become Europe’s polarized society!

17 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

I felt a lot of anguish for Turkey, as the public went to decide on constitutional issues the referendum has placed before them.

As citizen of another unfortunate nation, Ethiopia, which has fallen prey to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) repression, misgovernance and banditry, I tried to share with them – as a warning and moments before the referendum – our experiences after change of the 1995 Constitution.
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TIKA, Turkey’s aid agency, continues its focus on Harar & its historic mosque

8 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

We’re delighted to give this iconic monument the renovation it deserves,’ says TIKA official.

The Nejashi Mosque is one of the world’s earliest mosques, built in the fourth century by the companions of Prophet Mohammed, who – exiled from Arabia by the Qurayshi pagans – came to Ethiopia, where they found a welcome refuge.
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Erdogan aims to use Ethiopia as stepping stone & the Horn to foster allies to revive Ottoman legacies as vehicle for Ankara’s influences

23 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

TEO understands that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accomplished a great deal for Turkey, especially in terms of its economic growth and national development. His contribution is equally notable in generating strong Turkish national confidence.
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TPLF regime amenable to serving revival of Erdogan’s Ottoman dream – hopefully not the unhappy historical baggages too

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ongoing visit to Addis Ababa may help strengthen the already strong relations between Turkey and Ethiopia at both the economic and political levels.
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Erdogan in Ethiopia, first African tour & anomaly of TPLF politics; military band members subjected to body searches by 2 TPLF security

23 Jan
Ethiopia's Natioinal Palace Credit: ERTA

Ethiopia’s Natioinal Palace Credit: ERTA

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Ethiopians are fully aware that the majestic National Palace built by Emperor Haile Selassie has become the residence of the TPLF appointed ‘head of state’, i.e., now President Mulatu Teshome. Before him, the palace was residence for two former presidents, Mulatu’s predecessors.
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220 journalists in prison across the world: Ethiopia in top 10 jailors’ list

18 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Roy Greenslade

More journalists are in jail across the world at present than a year ago. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 220 journalists are in prison, an increase of nine from 2013.
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Oddity of Turkey importing Ethiopian goods from Dubai, while Ankara expands its presence in Ethiopia’s economy

24 Jun

Editor’s Note:

    No wonder that Ethiopia should continue to suffer from poorly performing export sector, negative trade balance, which have always reflected this in the country’s poor foreign exchange earnings. The TPLF regime has its eyes on one thing only: power for itself, not the country’s empowerment.
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