The Somali militant group, al-Shabaab, has instituted an internet ban in the areas under their control. Meanwhile the Somali Federal Government is attempting to persuade communications companies to not adhere to the rebel’s demands.
The new Somali Federal Government is sworn in to find a lack of ministerial buildings and offices to accommodate the new ministerial positions that have been formed.
The U.S. officially announces the presence of U.S. troops in Somalia, although a leaked cable confirmed their presence in December 2013. They aim to provide training and tactical support to AMISOM and Somali troops in order to increase stability and regional security.
The al-Shabaab have strengthened their position in Somalia following the start of the new year and are attacking established military bases belonging to Somali and AMISOM forces on a nightly basis.
The al-Shabaab militia usher in the new year with a surprise attacks on a Federal Somali military bases in Mogadishu. This follows an increased Shabaab presence in the Somali capital during the last few months. Continue reading
The al-Shabaab militia has made gains in the neighbourhoods of Mogadishu in the last few months. To which the Federal Somali Government and the African Union led AMISOM is renewing their response.
A variety of articles on meetings and delegations between Somaliland and various Scandinavian countries. Denmark officially opened an office of representation in early 2012, a few weeks after which the Danish Minister of Development stated that Denmark is ready to recognize the state of Somaliland. Later that year a Finnish delegation arrive in Hargeisa. Norway on the other hand sent a delegation in early 2011 in response to piracy concerns.
In further attempts to foster bilateral relations with other actors in the Arab World, Somaliland sent a small delegation to Cairo to discuss possible grants for Somaliland students in Egypt, and Egyptian aid to the Somaliland educational sector. The meetings were successful and Egypt has pledged to help Somaliland further their educational sector. In addition, there is a plan to reopen the Gamal Abdel Nasser Centre in Burao.
The Republic of Somaliland declared it’s independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 after a drawn-out conflict with the former ruler of Somalia, General Barre. As yet they have failed to convince the international community to back their independence despite their political stability and position as one of the most democratic regimes in East Africa. This is a collection of articles that focus on various development goals and strategies proposed by the Somaliland regime including the development of the capital Hargeisa, the port of Berbera and business deals with China.
Fighting breaks out in Lower Shabelle province in Southern Somalia as forces led by the warlord Yusuf Siyad Indha’ade and an allied General from the Somali National Army attempt to gain control over district KM50.