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16 April 2012 Daily Media Roundup
04/17/2012
Somalia News Highlights: The Somali political leaders satisfied with Turkey's leadership in reconstruction of Somalia; US Intelligence scrambles with the confirmation of the killing of American-born Al-amriki by al-Shabaab; Puntland and Germany talk about anti-piracy activities as German diplomat visits Garowe; the agent of released MV Leila allegedly accuses Puntland cabinet minister for receiving ransom shares; refugee women discuss gender-based violence over Tea Talk Session supported by global charity; the detention of 83 Somalis in Ukraine is declared illegal by human rights agencies; TFG forces arrest three people suspected for the Garbaharey explosions of Gedo region; TFG and AMISOM discussed the security strategies for Somalia of the coming three months; al-Shabaab allegedly claim recapturing Qoqani after Kenyan and TFG forces briefly vacated due to heavy rains; al-Shabaab claims Jareer Weyne clan contributing 30 fighters and weapons; three high-ranking Ugandan officers killed in Dayniile fight as claimed by al-Shabaab; Saudi Arabia issues permit to export Somali livestock after redeemed as disease free; and rainy season sets in Somalia and it is expected to alleviate the impending droughts.

COMMENTARY ON ISLAMIC WEBSITES

Amiir Nuur - The pro-al-Shabaab website posted an hour-long video released by the Islamist Media agency of Al-Kataa'ib and the newly released video showcases the recent Al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab union and allegedly the support of the Somali public of that union. (Editor's Note: The majority of the Somali public do not support neither Al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab ideology and their inhumane treatment of innocent civilians.) Somali Language

POLITICS

Todays Zaman - The Somali ambassador to Turkey, Nur Sheikh Hamud Mursal, has stated that Somalia regrets having discovered Turkey very late and that the relationship blossoming between the two countries, which received momentum with the aid that came from Turkey in the aftermath of the 2011 famine, the opening of the Turkish Embassy in Mogadishu in November 2011 and a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last year, have all served to inspire the Somalis. "I can also speak on behalf of the Somali people and the government. During the 20 years of civil war in Somalia we destroyed the entire infrastructure. Education and health institutions in particular were destroyed. Turkey started to help us with health and education where it was much needed. Turkey sent many doctors to Somalia. This is something very amazing that we will never forget. In the area of education, more than 2,000 Somali students came to Turkey. And this is also something we will never forget. We are very thankful to Turkey that it helped us in all sectors but especially in education, which was a very critical issue. So they started to help in the right place," said the ambassador.

SECURITY/AL-SHABAAB

FOX News - U.S. intelligence officials are scrambling to confirm reports that Omar Hammami, the American-born leader of an Al-Qaeda-aligned terror group in Somalia, has been executed. Unconfirmed reports surfaced in Somali media claiming the al-Shabaab jihadist was hunted down and beheaded on orders from a rival leader in the network. A U.S. intelligence official told Fox News that, if true, Hammami's death could be a turning point in the recruitment of Americans and western Europeans by al-Shabaab -- as Hammami was thought to play a prominent role in that western outreach. "Our folks have been looking for anything on this," the intelligence official told Fox News, adding: "We have not been able to confirm this report."

MARITIME

Garowe Online - Ambassador Hasenau arrived in Garowe on Sunday for the Puntland constitutional convention and met following the convention met with president Farole privately. Local sources say that president Farole and ambassador Hasenau spoke about how Germany could boost support for counter piracy projects in Puntland. Germany is part of “Operation Atalanta” formally known as the EU Naval Force Somalia and has pushed for a more hands on approach to fight piracy. Germany one of the 28 countries that have forces in Somali waters said last month that EU warships and helicopters should be allowed to fire at trucks, boats, and stored away fuel tanks on the coast of Somalia. Although the approach asked for more operations on land by helicopter strikes, troops on the ground are at of the question said German Defense Minister Christian Schmidt following a meeting of EU defense chiefs.

Raxanreeb - The agent of MV Leila, a Panama-flagged ship which on Friday released by Somali pirates said that the Puntland Minister of Fisheries and Ports Said Mohamed Rage received his share from the ransom money paid to the pirates holding the ship. Ahmed Sayid Muhumed Mire denied that there was not any ransom paid to release the ship from the pirates as the minister said on Friday. "I got a surprise when I heard the comments of the minister saying that there was not any money paid. We spent $US 300,000 for the negotiations with the pirates and the release of MV Leila," the agent said in a press conference in Berbera on Sunday afternoon.

REFUGEES/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Women News Network - Located in the resource-poor Somali Region of Ethiopia, Dolo Ado is home to nearly 150,000 Somali refugees who have fled across the border in search of food and other basic resources following the East Africa drought and famine emergency. Since 2003, International Medical Corps has operated a multi-faceted program in Ethiopia, working to strengthen services to prevent gender based violence, HIV/AIDS and infectious disease, improve water and sanitation levels, as well as offer psychosocial support, maternal and child health, and other programs. In addition to running the tea-talk sessions, where the community can learn about and freely discuss issues surrounding GBV, International Medical Corps also provides treatment, case management and referrals to legal services for those affected by GBV. Asked if her husband would object to her new views when he joins her and their children later this year, Sadiya replies, "I will educate him, and I think he will listen. If not, I will bring him to a tea-talk session."

IMMIGRANTS/HUMAN RIGHTS

New Internationalist - Although the hunger strike of 83 Somalis in detention in Ukraine ended on 17 February, the campaign to fight against the violations of human rights of these detainees, and other asylum seekers, continues. Eighty-one Somalis (two of the original 83 have been released after serving their ‘sentence’), who were on hunger strike from 6 January to 17 February, are still detained within the nightmare of Ukraine’s ‘asylum procedure’. In theory, they have been detained in order for the Ukrainian State Migration Service to obtain travel documents and deport them to Somalia. But a spokesperson for the Ukrainian State Migration Service has said publicly that no Somalis will be deported to Somalia. In addition, the European Court of Human Rights has declared that deporting Somalis to Somalia would breach Article 3 (the article against torture) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Yet the Somalis remain in detention. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch all state that their detention is illegal.

VIDEO

AFP - This is almost 3-minute video on the European Union training of Somali soldiers for urban war against al-Shabaab at simulated camps that mimic the war-torn capital of Somalia.

RADIO ROUNDUP

Radio Mogadishu - A pro-government radio station

Somali security forces in Garbaharrey district of Gedo region have detained several people after accusing them of behind the Sunday’s explosion in that district, which killed at least three people and over ten others injured. The Garbaharey Mayor, Mohamed Abdi kalil, told Radio Mogaishu that they are investigating the incident and questioning the suspects.

A security meeting attended by TFG and AMISOM officials was held in Mogadishu on Monday. The meeting was attended by the Chief Commander of Somali National Forces, the Head of National Security Department, the Deputy Commissioner of Somali Police and AMISOM Chief Commander. The security officials have discussed to design a security plan for the nation of the next three months.

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

Reports from Lower Juba region indicate that Kenyan and Raskamboni militias have vacated Qoqani district after heavy rains affected their defense activities in the area. Al-Shabaab Mujaihideen fighters shortly seized the district as the allied force vacated the district.

Radio Andalus - A pro-al-Shabaab radio station

The Jareer-Weyne clan contributed 30 fighters and their weapons to al-Shabaab Mujahideen Administration of Lower Shaelle region to take part the fighting against infidels in Somalia on Monday . A Jareer-weyne elder, Mohamed Mayow stated that those fighters are a part of 300 fighters that the clan pledged to contribute to fighting in order to defend the country. Al-Shabaab Mujahideen chairman of Jannale district of Lower Shabelle thanked the clan for their support and he asked the other clans to support the Jihad.

The Islamic Radio of Andalus received information that three high-ranking Ugandan officers were killed in the recent Dayniille fighting of Mogadishu. The killed officers, include, the Head of Dayniile area, Captain Kifuki and his deputy commander. The bodies of Ugandan military officers were immediately evacuated to Uganda last week.

Radio Bar-Kulan - An independent radio station

Saudi Arabia issued an approval for Somalia to export all kinds of livestock to its country as part of other 12 countries permitted to export their livestock. According to the kingdom’s Livestock Department official Dr. Khalid Al-Fahid, the decision comes as a result of continued effort by the Somali Ministry of Trades to market the country’s livestock in Saudi Arabia. There is a strong local market demand for Somalia's livestock since they are considered to be disease free and with excellent quality.

Radio Kulmiye - An independent radio station

The seasonal rains have started in Somalia as the country is still confronted by impending drought as the last year's famine which claimed thousands of lives, and livestock. Last Sunday's heavy rains in Mogadishu are also expected to spread more in other parts of the south and central Somalia.