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Ethiopia Troops Least Popular of AMISOM Peace Keepers in Somalia

Ethiopia is the cause of our instability, Somalis say 10 years after invasion

Ten years after the invasion of their country, Somalis still remember the grisly atrocities and war crimes committed by Ethiopian troops including slitting people’s throats, gouging out eyes and gang-raping women.

By Radio Dalsan,

Majority of Somalia nationals think Ethiopia’s invasion and alleged interference is the cause of instability in their Horn of Africa country.

From interviews conducted by Radio Dalsan in Mogadishu, some 80% of residents in the capital believe Ethiopia undermines the sovereignty and security of its neighbor Somalia.

“As long as the Ethiopian army presence continues in my country, I will not be optimistic that the conflict facing Somalia will come to an end soon,” Ahmed Bille, a Mogadishu resident said. Continue reading Ethiopia Troops Least Popular of AMISOM Peace Keepers in Somalia

UN Recounts Somalia Charcoal Disputes, Arms Filings, Eritrea Meeting

December: UN Monitoring Group to meet with Eritrean representatives in Paris

By Matthew Russell Lee,

In the run-up to the November 26 closed door briefing of the UN Security Council on Somalia and Eritrea sanctions, the new Monitoring Group coordinator Jarat Chopra raised to the United Arab Emirates, Oman and others the shipping and sale of charcoal from Somalia in violation of the sanctions.

The UAE and Oman did not immediate respond to inquiries about particular ships. The UAE prefers the re-sale of seized charcoal to its destruction under the supervision and advice of the UN Environment Program, despite concerns about corruption in re-sale that have been raised. Continue reading UN Recounts Somalia Charcoal Disputes, Arms Filings, Eritrea Meeting

Ethiopian Military Cargo Plane Crashes in Somalia

For the thousands of Ethiopian Muslims who have been savagely beaten, killed and arrested on Eid-al-Fitr day, the crash is simply an Act of God

It took two hours for Mogadishu airport firefighters to extinguish the blaze

By Aljazeera and Agencies,

An Ethiopian military plane has crash-landed and burst into flames at Somalia’s Mogadishu airport, killing four crew members.

The plane belonged to the Ethiopian airforce and sources said it was carrying weapons and ammunition for AMISOM, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia run by the African Union, when it crashed early on Friday.

“It was a military cargo plane and there were six crew on board,” said a security official, who asked not to be named.

An African Union official said two crew members were rescued by emergency personnel and were being treated in the AU military hospital near the base.  Continue reading Ethiopian Military Cargo Plane Crashes in Somalia

UN Cuts Food Ration, Expands War in Somalia

Is it fare to finance invasion but slash food ration by 2/3rd?

By Thomas C. Mountain (Sri Lanka Guardian),

As the UN funded African Union “peacekeepers” expand their military occupation of Mogadishu the UN relief agency announces an over 2/3 cut in food aid to one million Somali refugees due to a “funding shortfall”.

The UNHCR apparently has decided that they will provide 30% of the daily minimum food requirement to the million Somali refugees they have been keeping alive rather than cut off aid to any in the UN camps. This as the UN/AU army has been increased by thousands of Ugandan troops along with dozens of additional tanks, heavy artillery and helicopter gun ships. Continue reading UN Cuts Food Ration, Expands War in Somalia