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Desperate Plea: Mother of Missing Somali Intelligence Officer Ikran Tahlil Farah Seeks Justice After Three Years

Ikran Tahlil, a National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) officer, vanished on June 26, 2021. Eyewitnesses saw her entering a vehicle registered to NISA near her residence in Mogadishu’s Abdulaziz district. According to her family, she had been summoned to NISA headquarters. Her disappearance has sparked a media firestorm and political turmoil. In September 2021, NISA stated Ikran had been turned over to the militant group Al-Shabaab, who purportedly killed her. Yet, Al-Shabaab denied it, deepening suspicions of…

Galmudug Pledges Firm Accountability Following Fatal Clan Disputes in Galgaduud

Minister of Security, Mohamed Abdi Aden Gaboobe, revealed that culprits have been pinpointed and will face justice. He decried the escalating clan skirmish. His statement came after ferocious combat erupted in Laandheer, resulting in casualties among security forces sent to quell the feud. Minister Gaboobe made it clear that the conflict, driven by a land dispute over empty terrain, is unacceptable. He promised that those entangled in this dispute will be brought to justice. Following the upheaval, the Somali government…

Desperate Somali Doctor Begs for Aid in Heart-Wrenching Viral Plea Amid Libyan Trafficker Torture

In a gripping, one-minute-and-thirty-seven-second clip, Dr. Mahad reveals his nightmare: "I'm a Somali lad stuck in Libya for five months now. They're torturing and beating me, broke my hand, and zapped me with electricity. My family’s broke, they can't pay the $15,000 ransom. For Somali solidarity's sake, I beg for your help to escape this hellhole." The video has ignited a social media push to gather funds and amplify awareness for his release. Dr. Mahad, an obstetrician and gynecologist, hails from a dirt-poor rural…

Somalia Reclaims its Seat on the UN Security Council After Five Decades

"Somalia's spot on the Security Council is both a powerful symbol and diplomatic win," said Virginia-based analyst Abdiqafar Abdi Wardhere. This will boost Somalia's connections with other member nations. For the first time in over half a century, he noted, Somalia will cast votes on global conflict resolutions. "The Security Council alone can make legally binding decisions, including sanctions and force authorizations. Somalia’s vote will influence crucial international decisions," Wardhere explained. Announcing the…

WATCH: Warpod Explores Somalia’s Security Evolution Post-African Union Departure

In this Warpod episode, we chat with Samira Gaid, a top regional analyst and Somalia security authority, alongside Ali Hersi, Saferworld’s Somalia Director. We talk about the difficulties Somali folks and grassroots groups contend with. We dive into issues around the tangled coordination among international players and stress the crucial investment in community peace and dialogue to tackle lasting security hurdles. The guests' viewpoints and sentiments aired in this podcast are strictly their own and don’t necessarily…

Feeding Our Future Trial: Jury Presses On After Second Juror’s Dismissal

On Tuesday, a 25-year-old juror from Savage revealed she'd heard about the bribery attempt through a family member. Consequently, a 30-year-old male alternate from Andover stepped in to deliberate on the 41 charges confronting seven individuals accused of embezzling funds intended to feed impoverished children.This trial has garnered considerable attention as it's the initial courtroom showdown in a larger case implicating 70 people since 2022, when the FBI began probing meal program fraud. Prosecutors have dubbed the…

Juror Expelled from Major Fraud Case After Receiving $120,000 Bribe

Thompson recounted that the juror’s abode was unoccupied at the moment of the episode; instead, her father-in-law was there when the woman swung by. "She dropped off a bag declaring, 'This is for Juror 52,'" Thompson relayed to Brasel. "'Another bag will follow if she votes for acquittal.'" Discovering the occurrence upon her return, the juror promptly informed law enforcement, Thompson added. Authorities handed the cash-filled sack to the FBI. Thompson refrained from clarifying if the purported bribe targeted all…

South Africa’s President Ramaphosa Urges National Unity Following ANC’s Historic Loss of Majority

Discontent over unemployment, economic disparity, and persistent power cuts whittled down the ANC's voter support to 40.2 percent, a steep drop from the 57.5 percent it held in 2019. The main rival, the Democratic Alliance (DA), captured 21.6 percent, while the up-and-coming uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), steered by ex-president Jacob Zuma, seized 14.7 percent, cornering a portion of the ANC's base. The official tally showed the ANC securing 159 spots in the 400-seat National Assembly, a significant reduction from 230. "Our…

Real Madrid Dominates to Secure 15th European Cup Victory Against Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Final

Real Madrid clinched their record-setting 15th Champions League trophy amidst a shower of gold and silver confetti at Wembley Stadium. The familiar triumph felt as joyous as ever, with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund. Carlo Ancelotti, winning his fifth championship, expressed his perpetual awe, declaring, "The dream never gets old." Madrid supporters serenaded their heroes as victories by Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior secured the win. The odds turned in Madrid's favor after a challenging match where Dortmund initially…

UN Reports 37 Migrants Vanished in Tragic Shipwreck En Route from Tunisia to Italy

A group of 37 migrants is unaccounted for following a tragic boat accident between Tunisia and Lampedusa, as reported by the International Organization for Migration on June 23, 2023. According to the IOM, the survivors, originating from sub-Saharan Africa, reached Lampedusa on Thursday night after being saved from the shipwreck by another vessel. Allegedly, the survivors embarked from Sfax, Tunisia, with 46 individuals on board, only to face a catastrophe due to harsh weather conditions resulting in the capsizing of their…

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