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Re: FBI Director: Al Qaeda-Linked Somali Group Could Attack U.S.
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2009, 08:34:00 PM »
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In fact, in an exclusive briefing on Thursday, a U.S. counterterrorism official told FOX News that al-Shabaab's leadership is bona fide Al Qaeda. In many cases, the operatives who guide the group in East Africa have pledged allegiance to Usama Bin Laden in person, and in some cases the Al Qaeda leader has entrusted them with missions outside of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, according to the official.

That's proof bin Laden is still alive.
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US to engage in 'hit and run' war in Somalia
« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2010, 03:53:05 AM »
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=120260&sectionid=351020501

The United States is involved in preparatory military operations in Somali for a 'major' offensive against Somali fighters, report says.

US is providing military assistance to Somali government in order to retake capital Mogadishu from Somali fighters, a recent report in The New York Times indicates.

The American military is conducting nighttime surveillance in the Al-Shabab-controlled areas of the capital and training Somali intelligence officers and forces in addition to providing logistical supports for the government, the report adds.

All the preliminary efforts, including reconnaissance and logistic operations, are meant to help launch a major assault on what US government dubs the 'al-Qaeda' branch in Somalia within 'a few' weeks.

`It's the Americans `¦ helping us," the US newspaper quoted Somali military chief General Mohamed Gelle Kahiye as saying.

Meanwhile, a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity was quoted in the report as saying that American 'covert forces would get involved if the offensive fails to dislodge al-Qaeda terrorists.'

`What you're likely to see is airstrikes and Special Ops moving in, hitting and getting out,` noted the official.

The report also refers to secret US military and intelligence involvement in the Horn of Africa conflicts in the aftermath of the overthrow of Somalia's junta leader Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

It also mentions the US Central Intelligence Agency's failed collaborations with Somali warlords to stop the fighters in 2006 which led to a US-backed invasion of the impoverished African state by Ethiopian forces in the effort to kill top leaders of Somali fighters.

In summer 2009, the American government hastily shipped in millions of dollars of weapons in order to save the Somali government, it went on to say.

Recently, there have been reports of the arrival of US defense contractors in Somalia in order to support 'peace efforts' there.

American officials claim that between 6,000 and 10,000 trained Somalia troops would fight in the offensive against an estimated 5,000 Somali fighters.
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Re: US to engage in 'hit and run' war in Somalia
« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2010, 03:57:36 AM »
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French copter crashes in Somalia
« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2011, 11:54:46 AM »
French copter crashes in Somalia

Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:40PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/209582.html


A French army helicopter on patrol in the Gulf of Aden (File Photo)

Nine people are believed to have died after a French helicopter crashed near Somalia's Southern port city of Kismayo, Press TV reports.

The military chopper crashed late on Friday as it was patrolling the area between the town of Kuda and Kismayo, local Somali official, Captain Sabriye, said.

The crash caused a massive explosion and sent flames high into the sky.

French helicopters fly over the area, to provide backup for Kenyan forces, who launched an incursion into Somalia in October in pursuit of al-Shabab fighters.

In late October, French military spokesman Colonel Thierry Burkhard said Paris would transport air-borne military equipment to Kenyan soldiers near the Somali border.

LW - Flying 'on patrol' or providing 'backup"... which is it?
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Britain eyeing share in Somalia's future energy industry
« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2012, 09:24:34 AM »
Britain eyeing share in Somalia's future energy industry

Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:48PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/229096.html


British Prime Minister David Cameron (7th L) opens the Somalia Conference at Lancaster House in London, on February 23, 2012.

British media say the government’s move to offer humanitarian aid and security assistance to Somalia is aimed at winning a stake in country's future energy industry.

In a report published Saturday, The Guardian revealed Britain’s involvement in a secret high-stakes dash for oil in Somalia.

Somalia, a former British colony, has been suffering decades of conflict and is known as a hotbed of piracy plaguing international shipping in the Indian Ocean.

In early February, British Foreign Secretary William Hague paid an unannounced visit to Somalia to become the first British Foreign Secretary to visit Mogadishu in almost two decades.

He also appointed Matt Baugh as Britain's first ambassador to war-torn Somalia, which he described the country as "the world's most failed state."

Last week, UK Prime Minister David Cameron hosted an international conference on Somalia where he pledged more aid, financial help and measures to fight terrorism in the African nation.

The Guardian report, however, described the summit as talks between British officials and Somali counterparts over exploiting intact oil reserves in the arid northeastern part of Somalia.

"We have spoken to a number of UK officials, some have offered to help us with the future management of oil revenues. They will help us build our capacity to maximize future earnings from the oil industry," the report cited Abdulkadir Abdi Hashi, the minister for international cooperation in the autonomous Puntland region, as saying.

Puntland is an region in northeastern Somalia, where the first oil is expected to be extracted next month.

Experts say London’s involvement in the future Somali oil industry could prop up the UK’s weakened economy, at a time it has resorted to austerity measures to avoid a budget deficit.

Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said his government had almost no other choice but to persuade Western companies to invest and operate in Somalia by offering a portion of the country's plentiful resources of oil and gas and large reserves of uranium.

Britain's efforts to develop Somalia's natural resources continue while the Canadian company Africa Oil started oil exploration in Puntland in January, the first drilling in Somalia for 21 years.

Chinese and US firms have reportedly also voiced interest about the potential for oil as the country sounds safe enough to drill after two decades of unrelenting war.
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- BREAKING NEWS: All hell is breaking loose!!!
« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2013, 06:34:01 PM »
18 die in fighting for Somali port city of Kismayo

Sun Jun 9, 2013 2:2AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/09/307910/18-somalis-die-in-fighting-for-kismayo/


A Ras Kamboni fighter mans a heavy machine gun in the center of the Somali port city of Kismayo. (file photo)

Eighteen people have been killed in gun battles between rival militias fighting for control of the Somali port city of Kismayo.

According to Kismayo residents, 13 people were killed on Saturday and five died on Friday.

"The Ras Kamboni militia now controls this part of the city," said Bile Nur, a resident of Kismayo's Calanleey district.

"Residents are burying the dead of the militia driven out, while Ras Kamboni are burying theirs," he added.

Local elder Nur Ibrahim said there is not much hope for a negotiated end to the fighting. "We hope fighting will cease. Only the man with the most weapons will remain in power."

African Union troops are currently in charge of security in the lucrative port of Kismayo and its fertile hinterlands.

In October 2012, Kenyan troops backed by Ras Kamboni militiamen, captured the city from al-Shabab fighters.

On Saturday, a senior al-Shabab official in Kismayo said Kenya was responsible for the latest bloodshed.

“The resurgence of tribal hostility in Kismayo is a result of the Kenyan invasion of the city and the Kenyan government will be held fully responsible for every drop of blood," Sheikh Xudayfa Abdirahman stated.

Somalia has not had an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

However, MPs meeting in Mogadishu elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president of Somalia with a big majority in September 2012.

The weak Western-backed government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab fighters for more than five years and is propped up by a 10,000-strong African Union force from Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, and Kenya.
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Fifteen killed in attack on UN compound in Somali capital, Mogadishu
« Reply #26 on: June 19, 2013, 07:53:30 AM »
Fifteen killed in attack on UN compound in Somali capital, Mogadishu

Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:0PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/19/309838/15-killed-in-raid-on-un-site-in-somalia/


Rescue workers carry an injured survivor after an explosion at the UN office in Mogadishu on June 19, 2013.

At least 15 people have been killed in an attack on the main UN compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Local security officials said the bomber blew up explosives at the entrance gate of the UN Development Program (UNDP) office on Wednesday.

Following the explosion, several heavily-armed gunmen entered the compound and opened fire.

However, police forces said the situation is under control and pro-government forces have secured the building.

The injured people were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, but the death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

Somalia’s local al-Shabab fighters often claim responsibility for deadly attack. The Somali capital has been the scene of frequent attacks since fighters were driven out of the city two years ago.

Somalia had no effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

However, lawmakers meeting in Mogadishu, elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president of Somalia with a big majority in September 2012.
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Over 70 Killed in Battle for Somali Port
« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2013, 08:57:25 AM »
Over 70 Killed in Battle for Somali Port

Fri Jul 05, 2013
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920414000562



TEHRAN (FNA)- Battles between rival groups in Somalia's key Southern port city of Kismayo killed at least 71 people and wounded 300 more in the last month, UN officials said.

"Recent fierce fighting... continues to have a profound impact on civilians and humanitarian aid work in the Lower Juba region," the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

"Injuries and deaths outside the hospital are estimated to be much higher but cannot be confirmed," the WHO added, which supports hospitals treating the war-wounded in Kismayo, Alalam reported.

Clashes have put on hold a vital mass polio vaccination campaign, after the first cases were confirmed six years after Somalia was declared free of the crippling virus.

"Kismayo remains a volatile area, with observed increase in fighting among warring factions, and other incidences of violence such as landmines and hand grenade attacks," the WHO added.

Several rival factions are battling for control of Kismayo, a strategic and economic hub in the Southern Jubaland region.

Mogadishu has accused Kenyan troops of encouraging the clashes in Kismayo.

Somalia's government has demanded that Kenyan troops stationed in Kismayo as part of an African Union force be replaced, accusing them of backing Madobe's Ras Kamboni militia, which opposes Mogadishu's rule.

Kenyan troops, which invaded Somalia in 2011, fought alongside Madobe's troops to oust al-Shebab fighters from Kismayo, before joining the 17,700-strong AU force.

The AU force is mandated -- and funded by the UN and European Union -- to support central government.
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Bomb attacks kill 18 in Somali capital, Mogadishu
« Reply #28 on: September 07, 2013, 07:35:04 AM »
Bomb attacks kill 18 in Somali capital, Mogadishu

Sat Sep 7, 2013 12:51PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/07/322574/18-die-in-somalia-bomb-blasts/



Twin explosions have rocked the Somali capital, Mogadishu, leaving at least 18 people dead and several others injured, security sources say.

Somali security officials say the blasts took place at a restaurant near the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu.

Several people were injured in the deadly attacks and were rushed to a nearby hospital to receive necessary treatment.

The target of the attacks remains unclear but President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was set to attend a conference on "tackling extremism" in Somalia.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack although similar incidents are usually blamed on al-Shabab militant group.

The same restaurant was targeted in a similar attack last year, leaving 30 people dead.

Somalia is grappling with growing wave of violence and militancy.

On June 19, members of al-Shabab attacked the UN compound in Mogadishu, killing 14 people including a UN Development Program staffer and three UN contractors.

The latest attack comes days after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned about the deteriorating security situation in Somalia, saying the African country may slide back into being a failed state.

"The political, security, and development gains made so far in Somalia are still reversible," as al-Shabab "continues to undermine security throughout the country, including in (capital) Mogadishu." the UN chief said on Tuesday.

Somalia did not have an effective central government from 1991 until August 2012. In September 2012, MPs meeting in Mogadishu elected Sheikh Mohamud as the new president of Somalia with a big majority.

The government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab for the past six years and is propped up by a 17,000-strong African Union force from countries like Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, and Djibouti.
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US Navy SEALs strike al-Shabab fighters in Somalia
« Reply #29 on: October 05, 2013, 07:59:53 PM »
US Navy SEALs strike al-Shabab fighters in Somalia

Sun Oct 6, 2013 1:1AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/06/327798/us-navy-seals-strike-inside-somalia/



A team of US Navy SEALs has carried out a strike on a coastal town in southern Somalia against al-Shabab, the group behind last month’s mall attack in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The SEALs attacked a senior al-Shabab commander's seaside villa in a pre-dawn raid in the town of Baraawe, The New York Times reported.

A US military official said that the SEALs did not get their target.

A former US military official also confirmed the assault by the SEALs, but did not give more details.

"The Baraawe raid was planned a week and a half ago," a US security official said.

"It was prompted by the Westgate attack," he added, referring to the September 21 attack by the al-Shabab on a shopping mall in Nairobi that left 67 people dead during a four-day siege.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

According to reports, the dead also included three British nationals, two French women, two Canadian citizens including a diplomat, a Chinese woman, two Indians, a Ghanaian poet, a South Korean, a South African, and a Dutch woman. Several Americans were also injured during the hostage crisis.

The US Defense Department declined to comment over the issue.

The al-Shabab confirmed the strike, but said that the attack had failed.

Al-Shabab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab said that commandos had stormed the beach by boat.

"The bungled operation was carried out by white people, who came with two small boats from a larger ship out at sea ... one Shabab guard was killed, but reinforcements soon came and the foreigners fled," he said.

"Where the foreigners had been, afterwards we saw lots of blood, so maybe we wounded some," he added.

On September 25, the leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab, Ahmed Godane, confirmed that the group was behind the attack on the mall, saying the raid was in retaliation for the Kenyan military’s invasion of southern Somalia in October 2011.

"Take your troops out or prepare for a long-lasting war, blood, destruction and evacuation," Godane said.

Kenya has more than 4,000 army soldiers in southern Somalia, where they have been battling the al-Shabab fighters since 2011.

The Kenyan troops are part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) that gets training and equipment from the United States.

Somalia has not had an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
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- Re: FBI Director: Al Qaeda-Linked Somali Group Could Attack U.S.
« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2013, 08:30:28 AM »
That's proof bin Laden is still alive.

Osama Bin Laden: You've been lied to (Oy vey!)

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« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2013, 12:52:01 PM »
Good video. It appears the Jew's lies are falling apart everyday. Interesting how the BBC's South Asia Bureau had to spin the OBL stunt differently for South Asian audiences at the time.
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