Two AMISOM troops contributing countries, Ethiopia and Kenya, are in a tussle for influence over Jubaland’s next president. Kenya backs incumbent; Ethiopia backs opponents.
ABDIQANI HASSAN | REUTERS
Kismayo airport in southern Somalia refused to allow an Ethiopian plane to land on Monday, a witness said, amid heightened tensions between the federal government and the regional leadership ahead of elections on Thursday. Continue reading Kenya, Ethiopia Proxy War Over Jubaland Election, Refuses Ethiopian Plane to Land
Donors have pledged 1.8bn euros ($2.4bn; £1.5bn) at a conference in Brussels to help Somalia end more than two decades of conflict.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
, Tristan McConnell
This was the year Somalia was meant to ditch its reputation as the world’s leading failed state, marking the end of a political transition period aimed at establishing civilian rule.
But despite international backing for the government against Al Qaeda-affiliated militants, and the presence of nearly 18,000
African Union peacekeeping troops (AMISOM), serious progress has been elusive. Continue reading One-on-one with Somalia’s Embattled President
“Damn those Al-Shabab, Damn all those ungrateful Somalis! has become the West’s not so silent Lament,” Thomas C Mountain
The lesson never learned in Somalia is you cannot defeat an entire population by force
By Thomas C. Mountain,
In a worrying sign for the powers that be in the west, the Somali national resistance under the umbrella of Al– Shabab has made its first major breakthrough in the northern region of Somalia by bringing into its folds the Islamic Resistance in Puntland.
With Al Shabab this past year having unified all the major resistance movement in central and southern Somalia and with talks ongoing between Al-Shabab
Continue reading UN Somali “Surge” vs. Al Shabab Expansion