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Old 03-07-2016   #221
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Default Pentagon: Airstrike Kills 150 Al-Shabab Fighters in Somalia

Pentagon: Airstrike Kills 150 Al-Shabab Fighters in Somalia

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Default Rehab for Al-Shabaab: a report

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For the first time, a journalist gets access to the Mogadishu camp where about 500 former Somali Shabab members are being held.
Link:https://www.thestar.com/news/atkinso...b-members.html
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Default ANISOM: Uganda gives notice of leaving

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Uganda will pull its soldiers out of the African Union mission fighting Islamist group al-Shabab in Somalia, its military chief has said. Gen Katumba Wamala said the decision to withdraw Ugandan troops by December 2017 was taken because of frustration with the Somali army and military advisers from US, UK and Turkey.....Uganda joined Amisom in 2007 and has just over 6,000 troops in the 22,000-strong force.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-36606194

After ten years of being present in Somalia I am not surprised at this declaration, although the frustration with the barely functioning Somali army is understandable, blaming the others is odd. IIRC the USA pays most of the cost, historically training has not been in-country.

Of the other contributors, Ethiopia has always been a reluctant ANISOM member, Burundi has good reason to reduce its troop level - as the situation at home is fraught, Kenya has had a "bloody nose" and Djibouti is a new participant.
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Default Can local muscle defeat Somalia's al-Shabab?

A puzzling and rare BBC report on Somali security forces:
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Six hundred members of Jubaland state's police force have recently graduated, hundreds more will soon go through training and, for the time being, their efforts have brought security to the streets of Kismayo.The port city in Somalia's southern-most state has managed to avoid the high-profile suicide car bombings and armed assaults on hotels that the capital, Mogadishu, regularly suffers.

(Later) More than 1,000 national troops are in Kismayo, mostly unarmed and un-deployed because of politics.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-38003595
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Default Repressive COIN by AMISOM is not working

An African commentary on AMISOM:
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The successes or failures of insurgency and counterinsurgency operations in Somalia depend on population support. So far, the counterinsurgency strategies in Somalia conducted by AMISOM and its coalition forces, especially the Somali National Army, have been unable to gain the support of the people. Al-Shabaab’s led insurgency has gained popular support among the local-level communities, largely due to the social services and more importantly the local-level security governance it provides, in the absence of a functional state.
Link:https://sustainablesecurity.org/2016...ab-in-somalia/

As readers will be aware AMISOM can be a rather fragile coalition and that the Somali military are rarely seen or commented upon - alas this article only considers AMISOM.
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Default Ouch: Kenyan Army base overrun

Once again a Kenyan base has been attacked, just inside Somalia this time and Al-Shabab spokesman claims:
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Islamic militant group says it killed at least 57 soldiers in takeover of peacekeeping base in Kulbiyow, Somalia
Curiously a Somali Army officer at the base comments:
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Captain Nur Muhidin, a Somali national army officer stationed in Kulbiyow, said the troops spotted the al-Shabaab convoy before the attack and shelled it with mortars.
Muhidin described an intense firefight that continued for close to an hour before the militants secured the complex. He said the base had been manned by at least 120 Kenyan soldiers deployed with the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) and dozens had been killed in the attack. Local forces were also among the casualties.
“We are yet to confirm the number of the Kenya and Somali soldiers lost in this attack. But I can say this was a disaster,”
Link:https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ops-in-somalia
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Default VOA Exclusive: Dozens More U.S. Troops Deployed to Somalia

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Default Stirring the pot or stabilizing?

A backgrounder on the multi-national, independent involvement in Somalia, with an aside on Somaliland; notably by Turkey, Qatar and the UAE. With Ethiopia looking on as a 'concerned' neighbour.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-39654795
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Default Nation Building or Targeted Killings: Tough Choices for U.S. in Somalia

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Default The USA keeps on trying

From Politico an article on a new policy towards Somalia, summed up in this passage:
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The new operations also come as a peacekeeping mission spearheaded by the African Union is winding down. That is putting more pressure on the fledgling Somali security forces to confront al-Shabab, a terrorist army allied with Al Qaeda that plays the role of a quasi-government in significant parts of the country.
Link:https://www.politico.com/story/2017/...buildup-247668

Not easy to confirm to what level AMISOM will reduce to, a few media reports refer to contingents being reduced to a UN "cap" and so leaving some towns in the interior. A recent Newsweek article refers to:
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Firstly, AMISOM is scheduled to withdraw from Somalia by 2020. The drawdown due to begin with 1,000 troops leaving in December,
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Default The "Great Game" continues: new place, new nations

A good overview of the Turkish and UAE involvement in the region, primarily in Somalia /Somaliland. I do wonder if they will fare any better than all thsoe before them.
Link:http://eaworldview.com/2017/12/turke...anging-region/

There was a BBC Radio report on a small UK team training the Somali Army (SNA), curiously it started with a stark "the Army really is not an army" line. Adding that the UK team have started building barracks for the SNA, as they had none and only afterwards will military training begin.
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