October 22, 2008
Registration documents gathered by BBC included the confirmation that the ship hijacked by Somalia pirates belonged to a Jewish investor residing in the self proclaimed state of Israel, and not a Ukrainian ship…
For many years, the Khartoum based Sudan government accused Israel of supplying arms and providing training to South Sudan rebels. Kenya is now proofed to be providing the logistical support for arms shipment to South Sudan, a role similar to Chad’s support given to Darfur rebels which has caused the two countries to be in a state of war against each other. >>>>>
October 17, 2008
Ethiopian troops in Somalia are stay in that country until the AU deployed its full peacekeeping force. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told parliament in Addis Ababa. The African Union plans to send 8,000 peacekeepers but currently there are just about 3,000 of them from Uganda and Burundi. >>>>>
October 16, 2008
Following a recent offer by Kenya to train Somali forces, Islamists have responded with a threat to launch an attack on Kenyan territory if it goes ahead with plan.According to reports, Kenya had offered to train 10,000 Somali government troops in a bid to boost capacity to deal with insurgency and bring back law and order in that country. >>>>>
October 16, 2008
Mr. Garcia has been particularly troubled by the Somalis’ demand that they be allowed special breaks for prayers that are obligatory for devout Muslims. The breaks, he said, would inconvenience everyone else.
“The Latino is very humble,” said Mr. Garcia, 73, who has worked at the plant, owned by JBS U.S.A. Inc., since 1994. “But they are arrogant,” he said of the Somali workers. “They act like the United States owes them.” >>>>>
This PR move is likely designed to take away from the focus on the owners of the plant, and pit the minorities against each other, in order to further divide and conquer.
October 15, 2008
“There is another great plot building up again and we are monitoring this,” warned Lord West, who advises British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on security matters.
“We have done all the things that we need to do, but the threat is building – the complex plots are building,” West told the House of Lords, without elaborating. >>>>>
Further elaborating may be self incriminating.
October 12, 2008
The US must now be wondering whether it was all worth it. Western backing for the unpopular Somali government and US support for the Ethiopian intervention has created a groundswell of anti-West sentiment in Somalia.
The Islamist leaders they were so keen to oust are the same ones they are now engaged in negotiations with. US officials have met both Sheikh Sharif and the more hardline Sheikh Aweys in an effort to find a peace deal.
Meanwhile, in Somalia, the Islamists taking control of towns and villages across the country are considered far more extremist than Aweys. “They are real international jihadis,” said one Nairobi-based diplomat. “The Americans’ fear of al-Qaeda in Somalia is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.” >>>>>
October 9, 2008
BAIDOA, Somalia, Oct 9 (Reuters) – An unidentified aircraft bombed an Islamist rebel stronghold in Somalia on Thursday, witnesses said, but it was unclear if there were any casualties.
U.S. forces have launched several airstrikes inside Somalia in recent months against al Shabaab insurgents who have been fighting Somalia’s weak Western-backed interim government and its Ethiopian military allies since the start of last year. >>>>>