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8 February 2012 Daily Media Roundup
02/08/2012
Somalia News Highlights: The US and UK are worried about 'Lone Wolf' Somali militants returning home as terrorists; Puntland's president sent a strong warning to Somaliland over clashes with Khatumo; Somali piracy cost the shipping industry and governments almost $7 billion; a Somali humanitarian consortium was launched to highlight the humanitarian crisis and grievances with the international community; a top al-Shabaab leader of Guri'el surrendered to ASWJ administration; Ethiopian troops arrested a former chairman of Guri'el district; hundreds of al-Shabaab fighters who completed training have reached Galgudud region; al-Shabaab claimed they shelled Ethiopian military base in Beledweyne and killed soldiers; the EU Special representative for Horn of Africa visited Mogadishu and pledged continued support for the TFG; the AU Special representative met with the Somali president and talked about the political squabbles among the lawmakers; and South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania have agreed to a collective fight against piracy.

COMMENTARY ON ISLAMIC WEBSITES

Somali Memo - The pro-al-Shabaab website claimed that al-Shabeeb Mujahideen's Spokesman Abdiaziz Abu Mus'ad confirmed al-Shabaab was behind today's car bomb attack at Hotel Muna that killed Somali lawmakers and intelligence officers who spy for the infidels. The commentary ridicules the claims of AMISOM that al-Shabaab was eradicated from Mogadishu months ago. Hotel Muna is a base for lawmakers, spies, military forces and entities opposed to Islam and today's attack is a backbreaking loss to the infidel security forces in Mogadishu. The Islamists claimed that 19 were killed in the attack and eight of them were spies. (Editor's note. The TFG reported 13 people were killed, none of whom were MPs.) Somali Language

POLITICS

The Sydney Morning Herald - A new wave of battle-hardened ''lone wolf'' terrorists is expected to infiltrate Britain and the US from African and other war zones to carry out attacks, according to security experts. ''It is only a question of time before their commitment to the cause, and their newly acquired expertise, are likely to be seen on British streets,'' says the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based defence think tank. RUSI, in a report titled The Global Origins of New Terrorism, says about 50 fighters with the Islamist group al-Shabab, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, are from Britain.

SECURITY/AL-SHABAAB

Garowe Online - The President of Somalia's Puntland government has sent a strong warning to Somaliland forces after an attack on Buhodle city left dozens dead, Radio Garowe reports. Local sources and witnesses report that Somaliland forces launched an attack on Buhodle on Tuesday, after a week of quietness in the front line between Somaliland forces and clan militia based in Buhodle. At least 18 wounded persons mostly fighters and 3 dead persons were brought to Buhodle health centers, locals added. (Editor's Note: The Khatumo State spokeman claimed that SSC militias have first attacked the Somaliland forces in the disputed area.)

MARITIME

Bloomberg - Somali pirates cost the shipping industry and governments as much as $6.9 billion last year as average ransom payments advanced 25 percent, according to One Earth Future Foundation. Ships are spending an extra $2.7 billion on fuel to speed up through the area because no vessel has been captured while traveling at 18 knots or faster, the Colorado-based non-profit group said in a report today. Governments spent $1.27 billion on military operations, including warship patrols, and ship owners another $1.16 billion on armed guards and security equipment.

HUMANITARIAN

AlertNet - The Somali Humanitarian Operational Consortium (SHOC) was launched under single umbrella in Mogadishu. 52 local development organisations came together to discuss the need for coordination and partnership, supported by The Humanitarian Forum, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Somali Relief and Development Forum and Muslim Charities Forum. The involvement of local actors as genuine equals is vital because they have better access to local communities and can mobilize assistance faster. Often, local organisations are the first on the ground in times of need, they are allowed humanitarian access when INGOs are denied and they stay on after INGOs have left. The absence of relations between local and international organisations as well as the perceived reluctance of INGOs to work with local agencies are some of the major challenges in Somalia. SHOC will work towards bridging the gap between local and international organisations and will bring different actors together, allowing for dialogue at all levels.

OP-ED

Aljazeera - The author, Professor Abdi Samatar, commented about the upcoming London Conference for Somalia and urged focus to be on civic society rather than solely a security agenda "The promise of the London Conference cannot be over-stated. It is a strategic opportunity and can, unlike other gatherings that preceded it, usher in a humane and democratic era - not only in Somalia, but also across the entire region. This hope can be realised only if the population's desperate need for civic rebirth and unity is the anchor of the proceedings."

RADIO ROUNDUP

Radio Mogadishu - A pro-government radio station

Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa security forces in central regions of Somalia seized dozens of militias who were creating insecurity in the region. Meanwhile a top al-Shabaab military official in Galgadud region surrendered to the ASWJ administration in Guri’el. The officer who spoke to the media asked the Somali people to forgive him for the crimes he committed against the Somali people.

Radio Al-Furqaan - A pro-al-Shabaab radio station

The Ethiopian troops in Galgadud region arrested the former chairman of Guri’el district Ali Sheiks. Locals reported that two Ethiopian vehicles arrived the house of Ali early on Wednesday and took him to their camps on the outskirts of Guri’el. Ali Sheikh was not involved in politics over the last several years and since became a businessman.

Radio Andulus - A pro-al-Shabaab radio station

Hundreds of Mujahideen reached Galgadud region in central Somalia after they recently finished training in the Mujahideen military camps. Al-Shabaab Mujahideen chairman in Galgadud region told the media that the new fighters will join the fighting against the infidels and will be deployed to Gur’el and Dhusamareb to battle the pro-Ethiopian militias.

The Mujahideen forces in Hiiraan region shelled the Ethiopian infidels’ bases in Beledeweyne district. Dozens of artillery shells hit the infidels, killing many of their men, and destroyed their military camps.

Radio Bar-Kulan - An independent radio station

The EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa, Alexander Rondos, arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Immediately after his arrival, Rondos who was leading a group of EU officials held talks with the Somali Prime Minister, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, discussing a range of issues including political and sustainable development in the region. Rondos promised that the European Union will support the Somali government’s efforts to restore law and order in the chaotic Horn of African country. Alexander Rondos also assured the Somali government that the EU will soon dispatch the funds it has earlier pledged for the Somali government.

Radio Shabelle - An independent radio station

The president of Somalia, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, met with AU special envoy to Somalia, Jerry Rawlings, in Mogadishu. Both sides focused on the political deadlock in the TFG over the new and former speaker of the parliament. Rawlings spoke to the media and praised the latest security developments in the by the government troops and AMISOM soldiers.

Radio Kulmiye - An independent radio station

The governments of Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania established a platform to coordinate their efforts to fight against piracy and other illicit activities on the high seas. The defense ministers of the three countries, Filipe Nyussi of Mozambique, Lindiwi Sisulu of South Africa and Hussein Mwinyi of Tanzania signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding on Tuesday in Dar as Salaam. According to a press release from the Mozambican Defense Ministry, the memorandum is also intended to promote the territorial integrity of the three countries, and peace, stability and the well-being of their peoples.