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COMMENTARY ON ISLAMIC WEBSITES
Amiir Nuur - The pro-al-Shabaab Islamist website criticized and even ridiculed moderate Somali religious leaders who condemned al-Shabaab's inhumane acts. The Islamist commentary ridiculed religious leaders who supported TFG-AMISOM activities in Somalia and compared them to a well-known Somali leader who bowed in front of former king of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie. The commentary claimed that the Islamist movement will eventually win against the well-equipped and well-organized infidel armies. The website also criticized Somali religious leaders for accusing the Diasporas Islamist websites editors and publishers of being spies and informants for the Western infidels. Somali Language
Chanel 6 News - The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Wednesday called for increased support for the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia to better help the country's transitional government. "The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their full support for the Djibouti Agreement as the basis for the resolution of the conflict in Somalia, the Kampala Accord and the Roadmap to end the transition in Somalia by August 2012," the members of the Council said in their joint statement.
Associated Press - An al-Qaeda affiliated Somali militant group said Thursday that it took several hostages in a raid in northern Kenya that killed at least six people. "In response to the aggressive Kenyan invasion against the Muslims of Somalia, special forces from Harakat al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen's elite units raided a Kenyan Administration Police camp," the statement said. "Taken by surprise and unable to respond effectively to the attack, seven Kenyan administration police and government officials were immediately killed, while others were taken prisoners."
AFP - Gunmen on Thursday killed a local aid worker and his driver in central Somalia, an official, elders and non-governmental organisation workers said. "We got horrible information saying an aid worker and his driver were killed. They were working with a local NGO and their job was to deliver food aid to people in need. We are still investigating the incident," said Ibrahim Ali, a security officer in Dhusamareb district. "The assailants fired a rocket propelled grenade, destroying the car. The officer and his driver instantly died...and we don't know who the assailants were," said Ahmednur Adan, an elder in the area.
BBC Africa - The study, published by British think-tank Chatham House, looked at detailed satellite imagery. Regional centres have benefited from substantial investment funded by piracy, but coastal communities have missed out, the report indicates. The key pirate centres of Eyl and Hobyo, by contrast, showed evidence of only limited and relatively small improvements to their infrastructure. "Puntland's political elites are therefore unlikely to move decisively against piracy," it says. (Editor's Note: The Catham House Somali piracy report and economic development could be downloaded at this link.)
Reuters - The EU Navfor said that the Patino, EU Navfor's flagship, had just finished escorting a U.N. World Food Programme ship to Somalia when it was approached by a skiff carrying the pirates. "The suspected pirates opened fire with light calibre weapons and tried to board the Patino. The ship's force-protection team returned fire in self-defence and the ship's helicopter was launched," a statement said. "The skiff broke off the attack and the men surrendered to the helicopter after throwing their weapons, ladder and fuel barrels overboard."
Zee News - India has advocated adoption of a comprehensive counter-piracy strategy by the international community to tackle the growing problem of maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia. Addressing a UN Security Council meeting on Somalia here, India's Ambassador to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri termed piracy off the coast of Somalia a "serious problem" for the international community. "We stand ready to help in capacity building of the Transitional Federal Institutions and the states in the region for effective measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia," he added.
Voice Of America - Human Rights Watch released a statement Thursday accusing Kenyan security forces of abusing Kenyan Somalis and Somali refugees in northeastern Kenya, particularly in the provincial capital and around the Dadaab refugee camp. A military official, in turn, says that the army has nothing against Somalis and Kenyan-Somalis. "They were forced to roll around in the mud and to do various gymnastic positions that seemed like they were designed to humiliate them." Ghoshal stated. "I was able to speak to a few of the victims after they were released and it seemed they had just been picked up because they were hanging around near the military camp but not in prohibited areas. They were accused of being al-Shabaab, and taken to the camp, and mistreated."
BBC - The author, Rashid Abdi who works for the International Crisis Group, predicts the collapse of al-Shabaab's military capacity in Somalia but worries about lack of a cohesive group that would replace al-Shabaab to rebuild Somalia. The author states, "For all its flaws and excesses, al-Shabaab did, at least manage to exercise full administrative and functional control over most areas under its control. Could its defeat and the glaring failure to create a credible and cohesive political dispensation to fill the vacuum inaugurate a new era of anarchy?"
Radio Mogadishu - A pro-government radio station
The Chief Commander of Somali National Forces in Beledweyne district of Hiraan region, Abdillahi Barre, said that security forces have captured many al-Shabaab youths who were trying to carry out suicide bombings in the region. The military commander mentioned that the security forces were alerted by the residents who informed TFG soldiers that the arrested men were hiding in a house in Beledweyne.
The AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ramtana Lamamra, has requested from the UN Security Council to immediately increase the numbers of AMISOM forces in order to strengthen AMISOM's security operations on the verge of victory against al-Shabaab. "Before, we have requested from security council to increase the AU forces up to 17,000, so the security is tighten all over Somalia, and now we are again repeating the same request to fulfill so that the target is achieved," said Ramtana who underlined the importance of supporting AMISOM troops with fighting equipment like planes and weapons since they will achieve a lasting solution for the Somali people.
Radio Andulus - A pro-al-Shabaab radio station
At least 26 Ethiopian infidels were killed and dozens of others were injured by al-Shabaab Mujahideen fighters who attacked their military bases in Kalaabeyr village of Hiraan region on Thursday. The Ethiopian troops started security operations and arrested many from the residents after the attacks.
At least 10 Kenyan troops were reported missing in the countryside of Gedo region as the Kenyan soldiers tried to escape from an attack waged by al-Shabaab Mujahideen on a convoy of Kenya troops. The al-Shabaab mujahideens are hunting for the escaped infidel soldiers and Kenyan airplanes were seen flying over the Gedo region.
Radio Al-Furqaan - A pro-al-Shabaab radio station
The Somali militias who are supporting the Ethiopian forces assaulted a well-known business man, Afyare Dahir Duroow, during a robbery in Beledweyne town. The businessman was riding his motorbike during the robbery and he was injured in the attack. Mr. Duroow is now being treated at a hospital in Baladweyne, as confirmed by a relative.
Radio Shabelle - An independent radio station
An al-Shabaab fighter has reportedly shot and killed at least four people in Elasha-Biyah on the outskirts of Mogadishu on Thursday. It is not clear the reason behind the shooting incident, but some reports indicated that the killer has escaped from the area after the shooting. The incident has halted the movement of the people and public transportations to Mogadishu.
Radio Bar-Kulan - An independent radio station
Al-Shabaab militias vacated several military bases in Beledweyne and Buulo Burto districts of Hiraan region but created a new military base at Halgan area. An eye witness told Radio Bar-Kulan that they saw nine military vehicles and many al-Shabaab militias who were passing through Halgan area. It is also reported that 500 tribal militias from Hiraan region have joined the militias-allied with the TFG forces that seized Beledweyne from al-Shabaab.
The security forces of Somaliland have arrested three reporters in Boorame district of Awdal region and two of the three journalists were arrested yesterday while the other one was detained a day before. The apprehended reporters are Ali Ismail Arre and Mahamed Umar Sheikh who work for Waheen and Sahafi newspapers respectively, while Yussufe Indho-Quruh works for Royal 24 Television of Borama.
Radio Risaala - An independent radio station
The TFG forces captured six men and three donkey carts carrying food and weapons for al-Shabaab militias at Shimbireey village, 36 km from Qooqaani district of Lower Juba region. A TFG officer told the media that 11 AK47 guns and other various light weapons were seized. The officer also stated that five of the captured men are al-Shabaab members but the sixth man is a civilian.