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Al-Shabab Strikes Ethiopian Military Base in Hudur with Devastating Mortar Assault

Baidoa (AX) - On Thursday night, alleged al-Shabab fighters bombarded an Ethiopian military outpost in Hudur district, Bakool region, with a flurry of mortar shells. Residents reported that Ethiopian soldiers fired back with heavy artillery, but the toll remains uncertain. Neither the African Union peacekeeping mission (ATMIS), the Southwest regional state administration, nor the federal government has provided statements regarding the strike on the army base. The attack occurred shortly after the Southwest regional…

Sheikh Tamim Navigates Red Sea Tensions in High-Stakes Talks with Somali and Ethiopian Leaders

Qatar's Sheikh Tamim Connects with Somali and Ethiopian Leaders Amid Red Sea Tiff MOGADISHU, Somalia - Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, recently conversed separately with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The matter at hand? Rising friction over an eyebrow-raising deal Ethiopia struck with North Western of Somalia earlier this year. This pact, inked in January, concedes Ethiopian use of Red Sea ports. This arrangement has sparked a ruckus, as Somalia deems it a…

Ethiopia Awaits Formal Somali Response on Troop Withdrawal

Nabiu Tedla, the ministry's mouthpiece, reacted to claims by Somalia’s National Security Adviser about Ethiopian forces' departure. Tedla underlined Ethiopia hasn’t caught wind of such a move nor received any official notification from Somali bigwigs.Tedla stated there’s been zilch in terms of formal envoy chatter from Somalia on this front. He noted talks regarding who will sub in for the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) are yet to kick off, with ATMIS still in its starting phase.Currently, over 8,000…

Somalia Rejects Call for Tanzania to Mediate Ethiopian Troop Withdrawal

Somalia Denies Requesting Tanzania to Mediate Ethiopian Troop Withdrawal MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Somali government has flatly rejected rumors that it sought mediation from Tanzania over Ethiopian forces' presence post-ATMIS, branding the circulating letter on social media as 'fabrications'. A document allegedly from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggested Mogadishu had contacted Tanzania to help resolve a conflict involving recent comments on the necessity to expel ENDF personnel under the…

Sudanese Refugees Trapped in Ethiopian Forest Amid Violent Attacks

Folks hunker down by improvised abodes near Awlala Camp, Amhara region, Ethiopia, dated May 31, 2024. Image courtesy of Alfatih Alsemari/Handout via REUTERS. For licensing inquiries, hit them up.War-weary refugees escaping Sudan's civil unrest for neighboring Ethiopia claim they've had to move again, seeking refuge in forests and along roadways after relentless assaults by armed assailants turned their tents into swiss cheese.Around 8,000 souls vacated the Kumer and Awlala refugee camps, established by the United Nations in…

Somalia Retracts Expulsion Order, Welcomes Back Ethiopian Forces

Somalia U-Turns on Ethiopian Troop Withdrawal from Country MOGADISHU, Somalia - In an unexpected twist, Somalia's federal government has reversed its previous decision to expel Ethiopian troops post-ATMIS. This marks a stark departure from last week's insistence on the withdrawal of Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF). Mogadishu had recently criticized Ethiopia's presence in the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), especially after Ethiopia forged a contentious deal with North Western of Somalia, North…

Ethiopian Government Unveils Landmark Sea Access Deal to Parliament

Historic Sea Access Deal Presented to Ethiopian Parliament Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopia’s Transport and Logistics Minister, Alemu Sime, has introduced an agreement to Parliament that secures Ethiopia access to a maritime route via North Western of Somalia. Inked on January 1, this pact is poised to transform Ethiopia's logistics landscape and foster fresh avenues of cooperation, reports Sime. Addressing Parliament, Sime highlighted the groundbreaking nature of the deal in fulfilling Ethiopia's…

Southwest Challenges Withdrawal of Ethiopian Forces from Somalia

Southwest Rejects Ethiopian Military Pullout from Somalia BAIDOA, Somalia - The Southwest regional state staunchly resists the exit of Ethiopia's National Defence Forces (ENDF) from Somalia, highlighting their pivotal role in fostering tranquility and security over the past two decades. Ethiopia was first to send troops to Somalia in 2007, after the rise of Al-Shabaab insurgents aiming to overthrow Somalia's delicate UN-supported federal government. Ethiopia maintains nearly 5000 soldiers in Somalia.…

Jubaland Voices Concern Over Premature Withdrawal of Ethiopian Forces

Jubaland and Ethiopian Troops: A Complex Dilemma KISMAYO, Somalia - The folks in Jubaland have echoed the sentiments of their southwestern allies, backing the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) bolstering the country's security amid escalating threats from Al-Shabaab. Operating under the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), Ethiopian troops have played a pivotal role in reclaiming key areas from Al-Shabaab across the land, particularly patrolling parts of Southwest and Jubaland. In…

Somalia Demands Complete Withdrawal of Ethiopian Forces by December

Somalia plans for all Ethiopian forces to exit the nation by late 2024, coinciding with the African Union Transition Mission's mandate wrapping up in December, as per Somali National Security Adviser Hussein Sheikh-Ali.In a recent broadcast on national media, Ali mentioned Ethiopian soldiers would not join the new African Union forces, being organized with international allies, to safeguard vital areas in Somalia starting from January 2025 for a one-year period.Ali's remarks arise amid worries from Somali regional officials…

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