US Warns Somali Militants May Kidnap Americans From Kenya

By VOA News
30 September 2007
The U.S. embassy in Nairobi has warned that Somali-based militants may attempt to kidnap Americans and other Westerners from Kenya’s tourist beaches.
An embassy statement Friday said there were indications that extremists might target Westerners at Kiwayu Island and other popular resorts along Kenya’s northeastern coast, near the Somali border.

The warning is based on a tip Kenyan police passed along to embassy officials.
Kenya closed its border with Somalia in January during fighting that pitted Islamic militia against Somali government troops and their Ethiopian allies.

The U.S. blames the al-Qaida terrorist network for the 1998 attack that destroyed its embassy in Nairobi and for a 2002 car bombing of a beachfront hotel in southeastern Kenya.

The U.S. military launched strikes on suspected al-Qaida targets in Somalia earlier this year.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

Kulankii hoori iyo C/raxman aw Cali – "in maxamed case maanta kursiga lee yahay"

Khaatumada Ilaahay Khayr Ha kuugu Khatimo.
Boorama-(Lug)-Kulan balaadhan oo ay yeesheen 4maalmood ka hor Wasiirkii hore ee Wasaarada XanaanadaXoolaha Aadan Jaamac Hoori oo iscasilaadiisii ka dibKu biiray Xisbiga Kulmiye isaga iyo Beeshiisuba iyo C/raxmaan Aw Cali Faarax oo ka mid ahaa Madaxwayne kuxigeenadii soo maray Xukuumada Somaliland islamarkaana ka mid ahaa Madaxdii xisbiga Kulmiye horena ugu guul daraystay Musharaxnimadii Madaxwayne kuxigeenka inuu ku soo baxo Doorashadii Hore ee Madaxwaynaha;

ayaa shirkoodaasi waxay ku falanqaynayeenqaabkii doorashooyinka ay ugu diyaargaroobi lahaayeenxisbiga Kulmiye , reer Awdalna doorashooyinka Soosocda cidii madaxwayne ku xigeen noqon lahayd Awdalahaan. Kulankaasi oo qaatay mudo dheer waxaa laga wada hadlayin C/raxmaan mudo dheer looga tanaasulay gurigaMadaxwayne ku xigeenka balse aanu wax guul ah kakeenin taasina maanta doonayaan maanta in reer Awdalcid kale oo magac iyo maamuus u keenta Xisbiga Kulmiyeloo magacaabo booskaasi .

Mr.Hoori oo arintaasi ka hadlayay ayaa C/raxmaan usheegay in maanta ay diyaar u yihiin Beelaha Maxamed Case ee ku soo biiray Xisbiga Kulmiye in Kursigaasi loo daayo;
taasi oo runtu tahay inay magac iyo doorashada guul ka keenaan ay dhici doonto.

Mr.Hoori waxuu balan qaaday inay iyaguna intiikaraankooda ah Xisbiga Kulmiye sare u soo qaadidoonaan waxuuna C/raxmaan kula taliyay inuu maantaarintasi dib uga joogsado.

Wararkale oo aanu ka helnay Ilo Xog-Ogaalka ah oo uudhow dhow xisbigaasi Kulmiye iyo arimihiisa ayaaCadeeyey in C/raxmaan Aw Cali balan qaaday inuuarintaasi u daayay Beelaha Maxamed Case islamarkaasina uu dib uga joogsaday inuu isagu isku soosharaxo kursigaasi uun ku taageeri doono cid walba oo laga sharaxo Beelaha Maxamed Case,

waxuuna farta kufiiqay in cidkasta oo reer Awdal ah oo doonayso inaykursigaasi u hanqal taagto aan maanta diyaar loo ahayn, balse kulankaasi lagu xaqiijiyay in doorashooyinkansoo socda Musharaxnimada Madaxwayne ku xigeenka laisku raacay in Beelahaasi Maxamed Case loo daayo. Waxaana baryahanba socday kulamo balaadhan oo ayyeelanayeen Masuuliyiinta iyo taageerayaasha xisbiga

Kulmiye sidii ay ugu diyaar garoobi lahaayeenqabsashada shirwaynaha Xisbiga Kulmiye oo lagu cadayndoono cidii loo sharaxayo Madaxwayne iyo Madaxwayne kuxigeenka taasi oo baryahanba ay wadeen MasuuliyiintaHeer degmo,

Gobolkai iyo Qaran dalka Somalilandinkasta oo mudo badan shirwaynaha Kulmiye uu qabsoomiwaayay daruufo badan awgeed kuwaasi oo loo tiriyo inla isku diidanaa diyaarinta Ergooyinki ka qayb galilahaa oo ka imanaya degmooyinka gobolada dalka,laakiinse waxaa lagu rajo waynyahay in sida ugudhaqsaha badan shirwaynahaasi loo qaban doonowararkaasina waxaanu ka helnay dad xog-ogaal u ahXisbiga kulmiye oo ku dhex jira .

Source: Lughaya News On-Line

Kulankii hoori iyo C/raxman aw Cali – "in maxamed case maanta kursiga lee yahay"

Khaatumada Ilaahay Khayr Ha kuugu Khatimo.
Boorama-(Lug)-Kulan balaadhan oo ay yeesheen 4maalmood ka hor Wasiirkii hore ee Wasaarada XanaanadaXoolaha Aadan Jaamac Hoori oo iscasilaadiisii ka dibKu biiray Xisbiga Kulmiye isaga iyo Beeshiisuba iyo C/raxmaan Aw Cali Faarax oo ka mid ahaa Madaxwayne kuxigeenadii soo maray Xukuumada Somaliland islamarkaana ka mid ahaa Madaxdii xisbiga Kulmiye horena ugu guul daraystay Musharaxnimadii Madaxwayne kuxigeenka inuu ku soo baxo Doorashadii Hore ee Madaxwaynaha;

ayaa shirkoodaasi waxay ku falanqaynayeenqaabkii doorashooyinka ay ugu diyaargaroobi lahaayeenxisbiga Kulmiye , reer Awdalna doorashooyinka Soosocda cidii madaxwayne ku xigeen noqon lahayd Awdalahaan. Kulankaasi oo qaatay mudo dheer waxaa laga wada hadlayin C/raxmaan mudo dheer looga tanaasulay gurigaMadaxwayne ku xigeenka balse aanu wax guul ah kakeenin taasina maanta doonayaan maanta in reer Awdalcid kale oo magac iyo maamuus u keenta Xisbiga Kulmiyeloo magacaabo booskaasi .

Mr.Hoori oo arintaasi ka hadlayay ayaa C/raxmaan usheegay in maanta ay diyaar u yihiin Beelaha Maxamed Case ee ku soo biiray Xisbiga Kulmiye in Kursigaasi loo daayo;
taasi oo runtu tahay inay magac iyo doorashada guul ka keenaan ay dhici doonto.

Mr.Hoori waxuu balan qaaday inay iyaguna intiikaraankooda ah Xisbiga Kulmiye sare u soo qaadidoonaan waxuuna C/raxmaan kula taliyay inuu maantaarintasi dib uga joogsado.

Wararkale oo aanu ka helnay Ilo Xog-Ogaalka ah oo uudhow dhow xisbigaasi Kulmiye iyo arimihiisa ayaaCadeeyey in C/raxmaan Aw Cali balan qaaday inuuarintaasi u daayay Beelaha Maxamed Case islamarkaasina uu dib uga joogsaday inuu isagu isku soosharaxo kursigaasi uun ku taageeri doono cid walba oo laga sharaxo Beelaha Maxamed Case,

waxuuna farta kufiiqay in cidkasta oo reer Awdal ah oo doonayso inaykursigaasi u hanqal taagto aan maanta diyaar loo ahayn, balse kulankaasi lagu xaqiijiyay in doorashooyinkansoo socda Musharaxnimada Madaxwayne ku xigeenka laisku raacay in Beelahaasi Maxamed Case loo daayo. Waxaana baryahanba socday kulamo balaadhan oo ayyeelanayeen Masuuliyiinta iyo taageerayaasha xisbiga

Kulmiye sidii ay ugu diyaar garoobi lahaayeenqabsashada shirwaynaha Xisbiga Kulmiye oo lagu cadayndoono cidii loo sharaxayo Madaxwayne iyo Madaxwayne kuxigeenka taasi oo baryahanba ay wadeen MasuuliyiintaHeer degmo,

Gobolkai iyo Qaran dalka Somalilandinkasta oo mudo badan shirwaynaha Kulmiye uu qabsoomiwaayay daruufo badan awgeed kuwaasi oo loo tiriyo inla isku diidanaa diyaarinta Ergooyinki ka qayb galilahaa oo ka imanaya degmooyinka gobolada dalka,laakiinse waxaa lagu rajo waynyahay in sida ugudhaqsaha badan shirwaynahaasi loo qaban doonowararkaasina waxaanu ka helnay dad xog-ogaal u ahXisbiga kulmiye oo ku dhex jira .

Source: Lughaya News On-Line

Troops forcing residents from homes in Somali capital, rights group says

MOGADISHU, Somalia: Somali and Ethiopian troops have ordered thousands to vacate their homes in Somalia’s capital to allow them to conduct searches for arms and insurgents, a local human rights group said Saturday.

The order was issued Thursday, after an insurgent attack earlier in the week against a government base, said Sudan Ali Ahmed, chairman of the independent group Elman Human Rights.

Meanwhile, witnesses and police said insurgents attacked a police station late Friday in southern Mogadishu, and that two soldiers and three civilians were killed — a reminder of Mogadishu’s near daily violence.

“The police station was briefly taken by the attackers, after forcing government soldiers to flee,” witness Hassan Odawa said. “They also set free all the prisoners in jail,” and burnt the station and a government house.

Cpl. Mohamed Iidle said the insurgents attacked his station, and that police killed several of them, but did not give any other details.

Madahey Barkhad said police had killed his two brothers without reason during the attack. “My brothers were deliberately killed by Somali police as they were in front of their home. I don’t know why they kill innocents like my brothers,” said Barkhad, screaming.

Government officials declined to comment on the reported evictions from Mogadishu. The rights group official said most of those evicted had either left the city or sought refuge with relatives or friends elsewhere in Mogadishu.

“I cannot give you precise numbers of displaced people, but I believe they are in the thousands, and they were forced by Ethiopian and Somali troops to vacate their homes,” Ahmed told The Associated Press, basing the figures on interviews conducted with residents.

Asha Ali Jimuale, a mother of seven from a northern Mogadishu district, told the AP that soldiers had ordered her to leave her home, and warned that insurgents could use those who stayed behind as human shields.

The evictions this week were the first reported since April, when hundreds died in heavy fighting in Mogadishu, Ahmed said.

He said that when insurgents attack government positions, “the Ethiopians and government troops launch security operations, and the Islamists go to residential areas to use civilians as a shield.”

Ahmed condemned both sides, saying: “They do not care about the lives of the civilians.”
On Friday, the U.N. refugee agency said its staff reported that Mogadishu was divided in two — the deserted north, and a calm south.

“The streets of northern Mogadishu are so empty during the day … literally only a handful of people can be seen,” the U.N. refugee agency said in a statement. The capital’s main market, Bakara, was barely functioning due to “fighting, assassinations and killings linked to robbery,” it said.

It also said inflation was running high, with prices for staple items tripling over the past two months and counterfeit money available everywhere.

Somalia has been ravaged by violence and anarchy since warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, then turned on each other. The current government, formed in 2004, has struggled to assert control.

A radical Islamic group ruled the capital and much of southern Somalia for six months last year, but was kicked out by Ethiopian troops who support the government. Since then, insurgents and government-allied troops have battled nearly every day, and thousands of civilians have been killed this year alone in Mogadishu.
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Associated Press writer Mohamed Sheikh Nor in Mogadishu, Somalia contributed to this report

Source: AP

Somalis May Kidnap Americans From Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — By KATHARINE HOURELD
The U.S. Embassy warned Friday that Somali-based extremists may try to kidnap American citizens from Kenyan beach resorts.

“There are indications that Islamic extremists based in Somalia may be planning to target Westerners, especially American citizens, in the Kiwayu Island tourist area and other beach sites frequented by Western travelers on the northeast coast near Somalia,” the embassy, which is also responsible for Somalia, said in an e-mail to U.S. citizens.

An embassy official — speaking on condition of anonymity, citing embassy guidelines — said the warning was based on a tip from Kenyan security services this week.

Kenya shares a 400 mile border with Somalia, which is currently closed. Kenyan security forces have been regularly patrolling the border, which is sparsely populated desert, since a radical group controlling much of southern Somalia was ousted last December by Ethiopian troops supporting the weak U.N.-backed government.

Leaders of that group, the Council of Islamic Courts, are alleged to have links with the al-Qaida terror network. Remnants of the group have vowed to fight an Iraq-style insurgency and the transitional government and its Ethiopian allies come under daily attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Kenya, one of Africa’s main tourist draws, is relatively peaceful. But in 1998, the U.S. embassies here and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were simultaneously hit, killing 225 people in an attack blamed on al-Qaida. The network was also blamed for another attack four years later on a beach-front hotel in southeastern Kenya, a region that is a key tourist attraction. The car bombing at the hotel killed 13 people and a near-simultaneous attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner failed.

Source: AP

Somalia: fragile TFG might face Nigeria-like Oil dilemma

Jimma Times staff

Another rebel attack in southern Nigeria led to another death of a foreign oil worker Friday and there are fears that such Oil conflict could become the scene in Somalia very soon as well.

The recent dispute between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi are reportedly deeper than just disagreements on the chief justice of the Supreme Court dismissal.

Another point of quarrel has been Oil deals in Somalia, particularly in the semiautonomous Puntland. So far, Prime Minister Gedi has rejected all the regional Oil deals stating that only the federal government has the mandate to endorse such foreign deals.

However, President Yusuf has supported the Puntland Oil deals and has signed with more Oil firms himself, despite the Prime Minister requesting a Petroleum law prior to any deals.

The issue gets more complex as any future compromise between the two leaders will still not solve concerns with the Oil firms, since local villages are still marginalized by the regional officials. Just like the lack of economic benefits for the locals fueling the clashes in Nigeria, the relative peace in Northern Somalia can disappear if the arrival of more Oil firms occur without careful deliberations inside the government, regional officials as well as at the clan & village level.

Some sources claim that more than 5,000 Nigerians have been killed in the violence at the Oil production areas during the last six years alone. Nigeria, a country with 250 ethnic groups and a near 50-50 percent Islam to Christian ratio, has far more the ingredients needed for division, lack of trust and rivalry that lead to violence than Somalia.

But with Somali clans and sub-clans being equally rivals, the Nigeria scenario might occur in Somalia and spread out the already existing humanitarian concern & violence in the south. In order to hide the crisis in Nigeria, international Oil companies have allegedly created a diplomatic network and have been feeding the security forces in Nigeria, including allegedly purchasing helicopters that shot at peaceful protestors in southern Nigeria.

In Somalia, even the most politically powerful Oil firms will not be able to hide the violence and the consequences of irresponsible investments.

Four civilians killed in fresh Somalia violence

MOGADISHU (AFP) — At least four civilians were killed in Somalia’s war-wracked capital during a heavy attack against a police station, witnesses said Saturday.

Insurgents armed with rocket launchers and machine guns and fired rounds late Friday at the police station in southern Mogadishu and briefly seized control of it, they said.

“It was the heaviest attack against this police station since the government arrived,” said Mohamed Adan Jeri, a local resident.

They also torched two vehicles while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” said another resident.
The daily violence in Mogadishu has surged since an Islamist-dominated opposition group formed in Eritrea this month vowed to defeat Ethiopian troops in Somalia since last December.
Government forces, backed by Ethiopian troops, defeated a powerful Islamic movement which, for the second half of 2006, controlled much of the lawless Horn of Africa nation.

Since the movement’s ouster in January, remnant fighters have waged daily hit-and-run attacks against government targets.

Somalia has had no central authority since plunging into cycles of bloodletting in 1991 with the ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Several attemps to restore order have failed.

source: AFP