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11 February 2012 Daily Media Roundup
02/11/2012
Somalia News Highlights: The African Union appealed to the global community to defeat al-Qaeda in Horn of Africa; the Kenyan army declared they are weakening al-Shabaab's capability in Somalia; the Somali president called for tougher anti-piracy missions along the Somali coast and said the international community is failing; EU navies provided anti-piracy training for 12 Ugandans; the Somali Religious Committee claimed the al-Qeada and al-Shabaab union will escalate the Somali conflict and inflict more harm on innocent civilians; the Somali prime minister spoke about the Garowe and London conferences and urged the Somalis to take advantage of the opportunity; al-Shabaab claimed various sectors of the Somali society have welcomed their union with al-Qaeda; al-Shabaab religious scholars started touring the southern regions to urge Somalis to fight against the infidels; al-Shabaab claimed they killed ten Ethiopians and wounding several others in attacks in Beledweyne; the TFG defense minister declared they are waging a concerted war against al-Shabaab throughout central and southern Somalia; Somaliland authorities vowed to recapture Buhodle town from Khatumo State militias; the Somali PM urged Somaliland and Khatumo States to stop the bloody fighting in the disputed regions; and al-Shabaab arrested 20 traders in Elasha Biyaha after they refused to change their signs into Arabic.

COMMENTARY ON ISLAMIC WEBSITES

Amiir Nuur - The pro-al-Shabaab website posted a notice for Muslims that the leaders of the al-Shabaab Mujahideens will release further details about the unity and partnership between Al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab Mujahideens. The Islamist website claimed that they brought peace and stability to Somalia by ending the clan conflict through the use of Shari'a in areas under al-Shabaab's control. Somali Language

POLITICS

Garowe Online - The African Union reiterates its appeal for a greater mobilization of the international community to defeat the Al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab in Somalia. The Chairperson of the Commission notes that the evidence is now clear that Al Shabaab is an outfit of Al Qaeda, driven by a global terrorist agenda, far removed from the preoccupations and interests of the people of Somalia, and bent on destabilizing the Horn of Africa and beyond. Over the years, Al Shabaab has caused mayhem in Somalia and inflicted untold suffering to the Somali people, as demonstrated by its repeated and indiscriminate attacks against civilians and its refusal to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the needy populations, especially during the severe drought that affected Somalia last year.t

SECURITY/AL-SHABAAB

Horn of Africa News - Kenya's army said on Saturday that four months of military strikes on al-Shabaab rebels in southern Somalia have weakened the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents and have disrupted their sources of revenue. Air strikes and ground raids had cut off al-Shabaab's trade routes and drove them from key towns where they conducted business, said military information and operations officer Colonel Cyrus Oguna. "Al-Shabaab is considerably weakened," Oguna told reporters. "In terms of revenue that al-Shabaab is earning, it is totally disrupted. In our own assessment, 75 percent of revenue collection of Al-Shebab has been disrupted.

MARITIME

Africa Review - Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed has said foreign navies have failed to stop piracy in in the waters off Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Speaking during the occasion to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Somalia’s coast guard force, the President Ahmed said, “As you know, there are many foreign navies around us but these have failed to eliminate piracy along our waters”. Somalia’s coast guard went defunct when the central government of the late General Mohamed Siyad Barre collapsed. The Transitional Federal Government has been trying to revive it for the past 4 years. However, the Somali coast guard is functioning with rudimentary gears that need improvement. "I would urge the countries providing the foreign navies to assist the Somali coast guard force," President Ahmed said "It is the best way of tacking the vicious piracy business," he added.

EU NAVFOR - A team of 12 troops from Uganda, part of the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), received vessel protection training from French and Ukrainian specialists in Mombasa. The training is the second in an ongoing scheme and part of the comprehensive approach to improve AMISOM capabilities, in this case with enhanced and specialised drills to respond to a potential pirate attack. The EU NAVFOR trained AMISOM Vessel Protection Detachment (VPD) will form a group of troops who may embark on the ships providing logistic support for AMISOM shipping en-route to Mogadishu.

OP-ED

Chatham House - This is the full transcript of the speech the British Foreign Minister gave at Chatham House in preparation of the London Conference for Somalia. "By dedicating effort to Somalia today, we are not only helping the people of that long-suffering country but investing in our own long term security and prosperity – bringing benefits to Britain and to Somalia. That is our hope, and that is what we are working very hard to help bring about.

RADIO ROUNDUP

Radio Mogadishu - A pro-government radio station

The Somali religious committee has declared that the union between the terrorist groups of al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab may lead to more problems for the Somali people. "It will escalate the negative consequences confronting the Somali people which the two groups are already part of. Now they unveiled their hidden face," the chairman of Somali religious committee, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed Salad, told Radio Mogadishu.

Somali Prime Minister Abdiwali Mohamed Ali announced that the next phase of Garowe Principles Conference will be held this month. During the Garowe Conference, the prime minister stated that the stakeholders will discuss how to implement the UN backed Roadmap, the Somali constitution and how to end the transitional period to a permanent federal government. "It is a matter of the reestablishing a new sustainable government in the near future and also reenactment of Somalia's statehood. The PM also spoke about the upcoming London conference, "This conference is an opportunity for the Somali people and we are ready to take advantage of it since more than 50 countries will be attending to discuss the Somalia solution."

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

Different sectors of the Somali community have welcomed the union of al-Qaeda Muajhideen and al-Shabaab Mujaahideen. Taking part in a program aired on Radio Andalus, the people stated that the two groups made the Muslim community around the world very happy. Sheikh Nur Mo’alim Abdiraahman called for other Mujahideens in the world to unite and liberate the Muslim people from the world’s infidels.

Radio Andulus - A pro-al-Shabaab radio station

Somali religious leaders started to tour the regions to encourage the Muslim people to take part in the fighting against infidels and defend the country from the enemy. The most prominent scholars, including Sheik Abdulahi Raabi, Sheikh Abdukadir Mumin and Sheikh Ahmed Abdisalam are now in Middle Shabelle region and plan to travel to the rest of the regions. Thousands of Somali people are joining the Jihad taking the advice of the leaders.

At least ten Ethiopian infidels were killed and several others injured after al-Shabaab Mujahideen fighters launched a planned attack on the enemy’s bases in Beledeweyne district of Hiiraan region. Al-Shabaab military officials told Radio Andalus that the Mujahideen inflicted unforgettable lessons to the enemy, entering the bases and seizing military equipment.

Radio Shabelle - An independent radio station

The TFG of Somalia promised to battle against the Islamic militants of al-Shabab in south and central regions in the country. The minister of defense for Somalia government, Hussein Arab Isse, told reporters in Mogadishu that his government is currently setting a major military strategy to eradicate al-Shabaab from south-central Somalia in order to build peace and restore law and order in Somalia.

Somali’s self declared government of Somailand vowed they will attack and capture Buhodle district of Cayn region. Colonel Abdirashid Dhunkal Hirsi, told Radio Shabelle that his army is advancing towards Buhodle city from 7-km area to remove local clan militias. He stated that Somaliland is committed to attacking Buhodle as long as it fully regains the whole region. Mr. Hirse denied statement from Puntland leader Abdirahman Farole in which he accused Somaliland of igniting war at Buhodle city and elsewhere in SCC region of northern Somalia.

Radio Kulmiye - An independent radio station

Somali Prime Minister Abdiwalli Mohamed Ali has appealed to Somaliland to stop the bloody fighting between Somaliland and Khatumo state in Buuhodle district of Cayn region. The PM said that the meaningless bloodshed in that region is stressing the ability to decide the future of the country in the coming years.

Radio Bar-Kulan - An independent radio station

Al-Shabaab militias detained more than 20 traders in Elasha-Biyaha of the outskirts of Mogadishu on Saturday. The militants accused the traders of not implementing an order from the milita to change the Somali language boards to Arabic. Some of the relatives of the arrested people told radio Bar-kulan that the militants tortured the people.