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Armed guards to protect UK ships from pirates

By   /  October 31, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen London (Alshahid)-British Prime Minister David Cameron says British-flagged merchant ships sailing the Horn of Africa will be authorized to carry armed guards to ward off pirates. The prime minister – who has been attending the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Perth, Australia – said on Sunday that piracy was one of the “common […]

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Civilians killed as Kenyan jets bomb Somali town

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Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Three civilians were killed and 52 wounded Sunday when Kenyan jets struck a camp for displaced people packed with women and children in southern Somalia, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said. “Our staff said that around 52 people, all civilians, mostly women and children, had been wounded and that three were dead,” Gautam Chapperjee, […]

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Commonwealth leaders vow to fight terror, piracy

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Listen Perth (Alshahid)-Commonwealth leaders collectively pledged on Sunday to fight terrorism by preventing the use of their territories for terrorist acts or financing and also vowed to accelerate efforts to combat piracy and strengthening maritime security in the Indian Ocean. In a communiqué issued at the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) […]

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Rwanda, SA back Kenya’s Somalia operation

By   /  October 31, 2011  /  Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Kenya on Sunday got the support of Rwanda and South Africa in her cause in Somalia. At separate meetings with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Jacob Zuma of South Africa in Perth, Western Australia, President Mwai Kibaki briefed the two leaders on the security situation in the war-torn Somalia. The President also appraised […]

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Sheikh Sharif: A history of balancing acts

By   /  October 31, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By FRED OLUOCH Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Somalia’s 47-year old president, is a media savvy politician who has inculcated a sophisticated image on the global media scene as a moderate reformist who is doing the most difficult job on earth — trying to bring peace to his country. To Ethiopia and Kenya, who helped him get […]

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Somali-American suicide bomber attack AU military base in Mogadishu

By   /  October 30, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  1 Comment

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-A team of suicide bombers and gunmen disguised as soldiers assaulted an African Union base in the Somali capital on Saturday, sparking a two-hour gunfight that left at least 10 people dead, security officials said. Alshabab militant group claimed to have “stormed the AMISOM compound, killing 80 Ugandan soldiers,” adding that one of […]

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US admits flying drones from Ethiopia

By   /  October 30, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid)-The United States has admitted to flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) from Ethiopia, claiming that the assassination drones merely conduct surveillance missions in the Horn of Africa. “The US has unarmed and unmanned aircraft at a facility there (Ethiopia) to be used only for surveillance as part of a broad, sustained integrated […]

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Kenya to pull out of Somalia when Safe from Alshabab Menace

By   /  October 30, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kenya’s Defense Ministry says it has not set a time frame for its operation against Alshabab militants in Somalia, saying troops will leave the country when Kenyans feel secure. Speaking during press briefing at the Department of Defence on Saturday, Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi said the Alshabab posed a serious […]

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Kenya: Did President Kibaki Oppose Somali Invasion

By   /  October 30, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen WAS President Kibaki reluctant to allow the military to enter Somalia in pursuit of al-Shabaab? According to the latest issue of the Indian Ocean Newsletter, President Kibaki was hesitant to approve the incursion. The ION is a Paris based newsletter rumoured to have close ties to French intelligence. Yesterday there was another grenade attach […]

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Let’s talk to the Shabaab, Somalia won’t be pacified by military means

By   /  October 30, 2011  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen By MURITHI MUTIGA (mmutiga@ke.nationmedia.com) Foreign Affairs assistant minister Richard Onyonka has taken a lot of flak for suggesting that the government will talk to the Al-Shabaab with a view to finding a settlement that could end the war in Somalia. I would say that Mr Onyonka is right and his many critics are wrong. Here […]

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