Sunday, July 06, 2008

Somalia Update

On Saturday, June 17, 2006 I posted an article called "3 Parts of the World to Watch"

You can read that post at this link: 3 Parts of the World to Watch

In that article I suggested that Somalia was a part of the world we should watch.

Here is the latest news coming out of Somalia

Source: Garowe Online - Garowe,Nugaal,Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia July 6 (Garowe Online) - Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a United Nations official in Somalia on Sunday, moments after he walked out of a mosque in Mogadishu, witnesses said.

Osman Ali Ahmed, chief of the UN Development Program's operations in Somalia, was rushed to a hospital run by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), where he died later from gunshot wounds.

You can read the entire report at this link:


Somalia: Somaliland forces fight civilians, pirates in Sanaag

LAS QOREY, Somalia July 6 (Garowe Online)

- Soldiers loyal to Somalia's separatist region of Somaliland attacked a mountainous region where pirates are suspected to be hiding a German couple kidnapped last month, Radio Garowe reported on Sunday.

The fighting erupted around noon in Almadow Mountains of Sanaag region, a territory disputed between Somaliland and the neighboring region of Puntland.

There were no reports of casualties available, but local sources said that civilians were involved in the battle against the Somaliland soldiers.
Traditional elders intervened to stop the fighting and mediated the withdrawal of Somaliland forces from the area.

The pirates who kidnapped a German man and his wife on June 23 are said to still be holding them captive.

Tensions remain high in the area as Somaliland and Puntland called in reinforcements and local clan militias joined forces with the pirates.

Source: Garowe Online

Meeting Somalia's Islamist insurgents

For BBC World Service's Assignment programme, Rob Walker went in search of the Islamist movement playing an increasingly deadly role in the conflict.

You can read his report at this link:


Many people in the United States have no idea about what is going on in Somalia and who is fighting.

To help inform people I want to point people to the following:

Q&A: Somali conflict

Millions of Somalis are facing starvation as years of war and drought take their toll, aid agencies warn.

You can watch a video report at this link:


Keep checking back as I will continue to follow the situation in Somalia

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