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Ex-Somali Security Chief Urges Al-Shabab Control if Government Collapses

Somalia might consider letting al-Shabab take control if Abiy Ahmed's aspirations go uncheckedMogadishu (AX) - The former National Security Advisor to Somalia's ex-President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has stirred controversy with bold remarks about the current tensions between Somalia and Ethiopia. These tensions have been heightened by the maritime agreement between North Western of Somalia and Ethiopia.Abdisaid Muse Ali, who also served as Foreign Minister under Farmaajo, proposed a rather radical approach. He suggested…

Intense Clashes Explode Between Government Forces and Al-Shabaab Near Kismayo

Al-Shabaab militants laid siege to the Qaamqaam military base, igniting a fierce battle with government and Jubbaland forces. Both factions deployed a variety of weaponry in the skirmish. Local sources reported casualties on both sides, though exact numbers remain vague. However, Jubbaland officials claimed they had successfully countered the attack, causing substantial harm to the assailants. This clash comes amid ongoing operations by the Somali government and Jubbaland forces to root out Al-Shabaab from the region.…

Somali Government and Local Forces Reclaim Al-Shabaab Bastions in Hiiraan

Nur Mohamed Absuge, the Jalalaqsi district's head honcho, revealed to the National Media that both government and local forces have seized control of Buurweyn and Shaw. This development is part of a larger initiative undertaken by the Somali government alongside regional militias to uproot Al-Shabaab’s grip on the area. Lately, the Somali National Army and Jubbaland State forces have captured key territories in Lower Juba, such as Lagta Qubbi and Golhadamo. Their aim? To clear the major road linking Kismayo and Afmadow.…

Northeastern State Auditor Demands Return of Missing Government Vehicles, Warns of Legal Consequences

Osman Mohamed Ali Gaas, the General Auditor, laid down the law: anyone not holding a government post but driving around a government vehicle must return it to the Auditor's Office by July 16, 2024. Fail to do so, and you'll see your name handed over to the authorities for prosecution. After some sleuthing, an investigation revealed a significant number of government cars went AWOL, especially during the latest Northeastern State elections. They took an inventory, documenting the vehicles, their license plates, and who had…

Somali Government and Jubbaland Troops Capture Strategic Territories from Al-Shabaab in Lower Juba

The allied forces clinched key locations like Lagta Qubbi, Golhadamo, Biibi, Harboole, and Miido—settlements scattered between Kismayo and Afmadow. They advanced from the Afmadow district and Jannaay Cabdalle zone to take control of these areas. During their push, they didn't just snag land; they obliterated Al-Shabaab dens hidden within these fresh territories. This undertaking is part of a larger mission to clear the main road linking Kismayo and Afmadow, a route previously gripped by Al-Shabaab. Similar sweeps were…

North Western of Somalia Government Pledges Robust Defense and On-Time Elections Amid Escalating Tensions

Hargeisa (AX) - In an extraordinary assembly held in Hargeisa on Wednesday, the North Western of Somalia government resolved to fortify its defenses and ensure the forthcoming elections proceed as scheduled. This crucial meeting saw North Western of Somalia President Muse Bihi Abdi at the helm. An official communiqué from the Presidential Palace indicated, "The citizens of North Western of Somalia are urged to brace themselves for the impending elections and to stand firm in the defense of our nation." "The council of…

Kenya: Ruto Slashes Government Expenditures

Kenya Slashes Government Spending Amidst Protests NAIROBI, Kenya - After enduring weeks of fierce protests, President William Ruto finally heeded the cries of the younger generation. He announced substantial cuts to his office's budget, aiming to save a hefty $1.39 billion within this fiscal year. Speaking from State House in Nairobi, Ruto declared an end to budget allocations for the First Lady’s office, the Deputy President’s spouses, and the Prime Cabinet Secretary. These offices, he emphasized, would no longer receive…

Abiy Ahmed Staunchly Backs Ethiopia-North Western of Somalia Pact Despite Somali Government Outcry

Turkey's recent bid to broker peace between the two East African nations has sparked a whirlwind of commentaries. "Nothing complicated here; we don't have any beef with the Somali government," Abiy mentioned, noting Somalia's tendency to "go around and hurl accusations at us." He added, "My take is, don't flush money down the drain; traveling around countries costs a pretty penny. It's pointless to accuse us abroad when you can just pull up to Addis Ababa. We're game for a chat," suggesting that funds would be better…

Government Forces Allegedly Slay Seven Protestors in Adama

Ethiopian troops roamed Mekelle's avenues in Tigray's northern stretch, capturing the city on March 07, 2021, following an operation against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Toronto – On Wednesday, in Adama, about 100 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, at least seven demonstrators met their end under sprays of live ammunition fired by government troops. Locals report one of the deceased was an expectant mother. The commotion erupted in the Arerti and Abo neighborhoods within Adama's city limits. Sources…

Somali Officials Embark on Diplomatic Mission to Turkey for Critical Talks with Ethiopia

Mogadishu (AX) - On Sunday, a Somali delegation headed by Foreign Affairs honcho Ahmed Maalam Faqi embarked on a trip to Turkey for talks between Somalia and Ethiopia, hosted by Ankara. The Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized in a communiqué that preserving the nation's sovereignty and territorial rights remains a top priority. Turkey has signaled its willingness to step in as a mediator in the diplomatic tiff between Somalia and Ethiopia. Nonetheless, the specifics—like the agenda and dates—of the meeting are…

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