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Old 08-21-2014   #201
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Default Charred @ Kismayo: KDF lose command

Ho hum Somali complaints about the Kenyan military @ Kismayo (port city) have finally been heard:
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In an unannounced move by the African Union the AMISOM command in Kismayo has officially been transferred from the Kenyan Defense Forces to Sierra Leonean forces a few weeks ago.
Link:https://www.kenya-today.com/news/cha...leone-military
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Old 09-02-2014   #202
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) ó Al-Shabab's top leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday. The spokesman would not say whether al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was among the six militants killed. The two vehicles were heading toward the coastal town of Barawe, al-Shabab's main base, when they were hit, Abu Mohammed told The Associated Press.
http://news.yahoo.com/us-military-ta...075926067.html
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Old 09-02-2014   #203
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Default The Leader maybe dead and so

A commentary by Clint Watts, on FPRI, after the reported US air strike in Somalia 'Potential Implications of U.S. killing al Shabaabís Leader In Somalia - Ahmed Godane':http://www.fpri.org/geopoliticus/201...a-ahmed-godane
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Old 09-22-2014   #204
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Default The rise and decline of Al-Shabaab

Christopher Anzalone, a Canadian PhD student studying Somalia and Al-Shabaab is an acknowledged SME and has a recent article in a Turkish academic journal, which is reproduced on:https://www.academia.edu/8439439/The..._2014_386-395_

The format has defeated my cut & paste skills.
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Old 12-30-2014   #205
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Default If you blinked you might have missed it

Former Special Envoy to Somalia, Ambassador Robert Oakley, passed away at age 83 earlier this month.

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Old 01-03-2015   #206
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A press report from Somalia, by a Somali reporter, on a previosuly unknown website; on a controversial topic in all insurgencies:
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The defection of former al-Shabaab intelligence chief Zaakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi has sparked debate on the Somali government's amnesty offer and the benefits of pardoning al-Shabaab officials who seek to leave the group.
Link:http://sabahionline.com/en_GB/articl.../02/feature-01
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Old 01-28-2015   #207
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Default The Role of Finance in Defeating Al-Shabaab

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The Somali militant group Al-Shabaab has developed an extensive financial infrastructure. Security actors seeking to disrupt and defeat the group must tackle the financial dimension of its activities.

The Role of Finance in Defeating Al-Shabaab offers detailed analysis of Al-Shabaabís sources of revenue and recommends ways forward for using financial instruments to target and disrupt the group. As with Islamic State, undermining the financial management of Al-Shabaab and offering those people subject to its control better governance will be at the heart of the groupís ultimate failure and defeat.
Link:https://www.rusi.org/publications/wh...54A2A05DDC85F/
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Default The Role of Finance in stability?

Sometimes ostensibly sensible measures simply go wrong. I am sure the banks involved fear action by the USG if money transfers lead to Al-Shabaab getting money:
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Somali families are panicking and businesses are running short of funds two weeks after the last major U.S. bank stopped transferring money to the fragile Horn of Africa country, development groups said. Somalia has no formal banking system due to decades of war, so Somalis living abroad use money transfer companies to send some $1.3 billion home each year - far more than the country receives in aid, Oxfam and Adeso said in a report on Thursday.

Link:http://news.yahoo.com/somalis-panic-...--sector.html?
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Default Fighter says donít come to Somalia

Spotted by Clints Watts:
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In recent years, however, al Shabaab has turned on the foreign fighters in its own ranks, waging a brutal campaign to purge the perceived spies from its midst. An intimate account of the Shabaab civil war was provided to The Intercept in a series of interviews conducted with a current member of al Shabaab and a source who has maintained close contacts with the group.

(Citing the source) I want my voice to be heard. I donít want others to make the same mistake I did. Especially to the youth who are in the West, I just want to tell them, donít come to Somalia. This is advice from the bottom of my heart. You will not improve yourself, first of all, and you will not improve the Muslim Ummah in general
Link:https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2...n-fighter-cia/
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Old 05-20-2015   #210
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Default Today a senior defector

Yesterday an "insider" spoke and today the BBC has a - for them a quite long - report based on a defector:
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One of the most senior figures to defect from Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab has urged his former colleagues to stop targeting civilians and to begin negotiations with the Somali government.

Forming an alliance with al-Qaeda "was a very big mistake. Our duty at that time was only to liberate Somalia - our interests were local." He added that it had a huge effect and diverted al-Shabab from is purpose.
"Now it turns to terror acts, organised crime... we were against all that. In late 2010/2011 there was a lot of misunderstanding within the core leadership of al-Shabab... in terms of these terrorism events.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32791713
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Old 05-27-2015   #211
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Default It's the charcoal stupid: Al-Shabab's black gold

There are a small number of posts on the Somali charcoal trade, which reportedly assists financing Al-Shabaab and the murky part of the Kenyan Defence Force who did control Kismayo port.

Al-Jazeera has a detailed report, mainly graphs and diagrams:http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/int...75925833.html?
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Old 11-14-2015   #212
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Default Somalia: may be a failed state, itís far from a failed society

This week I listened to Mary Harper, the BBC World Service's Africa Editor at a conference, who is a SME on Somalia and she gave a grim picture of the chances of peace. Her personal website is:http://mary-harper.blogspot.co.uk/

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If businessmen want peace in Somalia, it will happen tomorrow. For all the fighters, including ANISOM, it is a good war; the same applies to all the charities and NGO's present.

The refugee camps around Mogadishu are for the minority clans, who are seen as "lower than low" and are looked down upon by all the others.

Sadly all politics and business in Somalia is done by the gun.
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Notorious for piracy of its coast and the rise of Islamist extremism, Somalia is often considered the worldís most comprehensively failed state. A threat to itself, its neighbours and the wider world. At least, thatís how the country is presented by politicians and in the media. In this insightful talk BBC World Service Africa Editor Mary Harper presents an alternative perspective, explaining that though the country may be a failed state, itís far from a failed society. In doing so, she reveals what viewing Somalia through the prism of Al-Qaeda obscures Ė that alternative forms of business, justice, education and local politics have survived and even flourished.
Until the international community start to get Somalia right the consequences will be devastating, and not just for Somalia and the region but for the world.
Link:https://rising.org/programme/getting-somalia-wrong/
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Old 01-25-2016   #213
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Default Somalia stumbling along 'bumpy and difficult' path to peace and prosperity

A headline that baffles me somewhat, stumbling along for a failed state means what?

This article is clearly a post-exit, maybe laudatory piece, as it is based on a British diplomat who quietly left his job as the UN secretary general’s Special Representative to Somalia from mid-2013 until December.
Link:http://www.theguardian.com/global-de...kay-al-shabaab

Just as baffling is what did happen last week when a Kenyan base was over-run?
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al-Shabab was saying it had killed 100 Kenyan..whilst Kenyan admits four dead
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35364593

Or the stinging attack on a beach restaurant @ Mogadishu:http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ures-alshabaab
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Default al Shabaab on the rise?

An overview by Business Insider on how al-Shabaab simply "keeps on killing", which ends with:
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Al Shabaab didn't just bomb a commercial plane. It might also have managed to smuggle an explosive device inside the most heavily guarded location in the entire country. If Shabaab was responsible for the suspected bomb attack, it would mark the first instance of the group detonating a bomb onboard a passenger plane. Like the other two attacks, it would be a gruesome sign of the group's resilience ó and of its increasing danger years after the height of its territorial power.
Link:http://uk.businessinsider.com/shabaa...16-2?r=US&IR=T
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A rare tribute by a Somali to a Somali soldier, actually special forces from the National Intelligence Service Agency (NISA), by a girl survivor of the Lido beach attack:
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The soldier was so kind, professional, compassionate, committed and determined to save our lives.
Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35500825
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Default Rehab for Al-Shabaab: a report

Not read, just skimmed:
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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

Oh dear:
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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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