Tagged: Al-Shabaab (militant group)

‘The Ethiopian Foreign Minister Announces its support for stabilizing Somalia’s security’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 27th February 2014

Ethiopia announces it’s continued support to the Federal Government of Somalia in it’s war against the Al-Shabaab. Ethiopia is active in the peacekeeping activities of the African Union and currently has troops in C.A.R., Egypt, South Sudan and Somalia.

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‘The Shabaab mention the killing of Foreign Diplomats in an attack on Presidential Palace’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 24th February 2014

In the latest chapter of the al-Shabaab offensive which has been ongoing since the New Year, the militant Islamist group launches a large scale attack on the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu. Diplomats from other Uganda and Djibouti are reported to have died in the attack.

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‘Kenya Planning the Withdrawal of her forces from Kismayo’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 2nd February 2014

Kenyan troops withdraw from the port city of Kismayu in southern Somalia, amongst mass demonstrations demanding that they remain.

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‘al-Shabaab: Ethiopia joining AMISOM won’t change the situation’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 25th January 2014

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Spokesperson for the Al-Shabaab Militia, ‘Ali Tayara, responds to Ethiopia’s official announcement regarding their involvement in the African Union’s AMISOM. Ethiopia’s constant entanglement in the 20-year long Somali crisis has led ‘Ali Tayara to conclude that there will be no real change in the situation.

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‘The Al-Shabaab’s banning of the Internet enters into Force’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 22th January 2013

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.

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‘al-Shabaab attack military bases in Mogadishu’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 1 January 2014

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

“Obama: We will pursue Al-Qaeda in Africa” Al-Arabiya, 9th October 2013

أوباما: سنواصل ملاحقة المرتبطين بالقاعدة في إفريقيا

الرئيس الأميركي اتهم أبو أنس الليبي بقتل المئات وأكد أنه سيحال إلى القضاء

أكد الرئيس الأميركي، باراك أوباما، أمس الثلاثاء، أن الولايات المتحدة ستواصل ملاحقة الجماعات المرتبطة بالقاعدة في إفريقيا

إلا أن أوباما أضاف في مؤتمر صحافي: “هناك فرق بين أن نلاحق الإرهابيين الذين يتآمرون بشكل مباشر لإيذاء الولايات المتحدة وبين دخولنا في حروب. حيثما وجدت مؤامرات وشبكات نشطة سنلاحقها

واعتقلت القوات الأميركية الخاصة، يوم السبت، القيادي البارز في القاعدة في ليبيا، نزيه الرقيعي، كما نفذت عملية في الصومال، إلا أنها فشلت في اعتقال شخصية بارزة في حركة شباب المجاهدين

وقال أوباما إن الرقيعي، الذي يعرف باسم “أبو أنس الليبي”، نفذ مؤامرات أدت إلى مقتل أميركيين و”سوف يقدم إلى العدالة

من جانبه اعتبر وزير العدل الليبي، صلاح الميرغني، أن اعتقال الليبي يعد عملية اختطاف، لكنه استبعد أن يتم نقله إلى غوانتانامو للتحقيق معه هناك



Obama: We will pursue Al-Qaeda in Africa

The American President accuses Abu Anis al Libi of killing hundreds and confirms that he will face justice in court.

The American President, Barack Obama, has confirmed on Tuesday that the United States will continue to pursue al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Africa.

However, in a press conference the president added “there is a difference between pursuing terrorist who directly conspire to harm the United States and our intervention in wars where we faced already existing terrorist networks.”

On Saturday American Special Forces arrested a prominent leader of al-Qaeda in Libya, Nazih Alriqiei. They also carried out an operation in Somalia, however, this failed in its aim of arresting a prominent figure of the Mujihadin of the Al-Shabaab movement.

Obama stated that Alriqiei, who is known by the pseudonym Abu Anas al-Libi, had carried out plans that have resulted in the death of Americans and that “he will be delivered to justice”.

The Libyan Minister for Justice Salah al-Mirghani, believes that the arrest of Al-Libi was a kidnapping, and has ruled out the possibility of moving him to Guantanamo bay for his interrogation.

Translated by Hamish Kinnear

This is a partial translation, the full article in Arabic is available here.