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Moscow confirms capture of three Russian sailors by Somali pirates.

By   /  December 31, 2009  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Moscow (Alshahid) – Somali pirates have captured three Russian citizens – crewmembers of the St James Park chemical tanker, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. “We confirm that three captives are Russian citizens,” a ministry representative told Interfax. “As far as we know, the ship owner is holding negotiations with the assailants on […]

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Puntland criticizes Kenya’s deputy speaker.

By   /  December 31, 2009  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) – Puntland state has strongly criticized the recent visit of Kenya’s Parliament Deputy Speaker Farah Ma’alim Mohammed to Las Anod town in Sool region terming the visit as “Interfering with the affairs of Puntland and entire war-torn Somalia” In an interview with BBC Somali Service, Puntland’s Good Governance and State minister, Mr. […]

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Somali President calls on expatriate community to invest in peace.

By   /  December 31, 2009  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) – Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has called on Somali community in Diaspora to invest in peace and reconstruction of the country which has been ravaged by decades of civil war and foreign interventions. Speaking at ceremony in his villa Somalia where conflict between Galmudug state leaders was formally ended, Somali president […]

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Security challenges hamper Somali parliament sessions

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Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) – The first deputy of the Somali parliament speaker Mohamed Omar Dalha said on Wednesday that the delay to Somali parliamentary sessions was due to number of factors, mainly insecurity. Mr. Dalha said that MP’s have also made complaints regarding allowances and salaries. “We now have full quorum of the parliament but […]

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Hizbul Islam forces start operations in Hiran.

By   /  December 31, 2009  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Baladweyne (Alshahid) – Hizbul Islam forces in Beledweyn carried out security operations in the city after days of clashes between Somali government troops and Hizbul Islam insurgents, witnesses said. Hizbul Islam is reported to have formed new checkpoints to search all cars getting in or out of Beledweyne in an effort to tighten their […]

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Al Shabaab confirms their ties with al Qaeda.

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Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) – The Islamic rebel group of Al Shabaab on Wednesday confirmed that their association with Al Qaeda, an official said. The white house calls Al Shabaab as Al-Qaida’s proxy in Somali and this was confirmed by Mr. Mahad Omar Abdikarin, an al Shabaab official in charge of Bay & Bakool regions in […]

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Arrest at Somalia airport probed.

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Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid0 – U.S. officials are investigating a Somalian man’s alleged attempt to board a flight last month carrying chemicals, liquid, and a syringe in a case bearing chilling echoes of the plot to blow up a Detroit-bound jet on Christmas Day. Terrorism analysts said the arrest in Mogadishu, the Somalian capital, could prove […]

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Hyper-activism: The Wrong Political Culture

By   /  December 30, 2009  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen Throughout modern history, lack of motivation has been a commonly perceived cause of underachievement among teenagers. The essence of this universal assumption lies in the belief that teenagers with diminished inspiration to participate in social and political activities often end up dropping out of school and flitting into delinquency. Unconventionally, the exact opposite of […]

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Iran urges efforts to restore stability in Somalia.

By   /  December 30, 2009  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  2 Comments

Listen Tehran (Alshahid) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that his country was willing to help in efforts to restore stability and security in Somalia. During talks in Tehran with Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Jangeli Ahmad, Mottaki reiterated Iran’s willingness to extend financial aid to Somalia’s reconstruction plans and efforts, […]

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AU approves training for maritime, air defence fighters.

By   /  December 30, 2009  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid) – The African Union’s Peace and Security Department approved plans to train more peacekeepers serving in its mission in Somalia on maritime security and air defence capabilities to better protect war-ravaged Somalia. Somali is the hotbed of hijacking of marine vessels and a long-time target of external Islamist jihadists, have recently […]

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