From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Thu Nov 20 2008 - 09:03:20 EST
Presidential guards raid Somali PM house
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 10:52:52 GMT
Somali presidential guards take the confrontation between the president and premier to a new level, attacking the prime minister's house.
Soldiers belonging to President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed's clan attacked the home of Nur Hassan Hussein in the capital of Mogadishu, capturing the house by force, a Press TV correspondent reported Wednesday.
The attack triggered a heavy battle and finally armed men from the premier's clan with the support of pro-government troops managed to retake the house.
Eleven presidential guards were arrested and another 35 were disarmed, following the incident.
Soldiers loyal to Nur Hassan Hussein have accused the assailants of taking documents from the prime minister's house, which is now under heavy guard.
The tension between the two leaders mounted after Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein accused the president of undermining efforts to restore peace and stability in the war-torn country by blocking the creation of a new cabinet.
Yusuf has so far rejected the candidates named by the prime minister for ministry posts.
The premier has threatened to ignore the president and present the cabinet list to parliament for approval in order to maintain the government and avoid an imminent collapse.
The incident took place while both executives are out of country; prime minister Nur Hassan Hussein is in Kenya while president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed is in Libya.
Governor's house raid kills 2 in Baidoa
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 10:30:24 GMT
Armed Somali rebels have raided the house of a regional governor in Baidoa, leaving two people killed and some 10 others wounded.
The incident came on Wednesday when the insurgents attacked the home of Bay Region Governer Abdi Fatah Ibrahim Geseey in the town of Baidoa, some 250 km (156 miles) northwest of the capital.
The governor was not home at the time of the attack, which left two guards killed and 10 others injured, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Al-Shabaab fighters affiliated with the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) - which controls most parts of the country - also carried out attacks on government bases in Mogadishu in a bid to take control of the capital city.
The army forces fired back at the rebels, causing damages to properties in the nearby residential areas.
Al-Shabaab forces have been advancing toward Mogadishu over the past week, prompting scores of civilians to flee their homes over fears of getting caught in the crossfire.
Baidoa and Mogadishu are perhaps the only major cities controlled by the troubled interim Somali government led by President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed.
Mystery surrounds CIA Somalia trip
Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:36:37 GMT
Operatives from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have entered the Somali breakaway region of Puntland under a cloud of suspicion.
The CIA agents arrived in the town of Bossaso on Wednesday and are holding meetings with Puntland's high-ranking officials, a Press TV correspondent reported.
This comes as US policy regarding Somalia has been hit with criticism. An international advocacy group blasted Washington in its recent report, saying US air strikes in the Horn of Africa country had caused devastation for aid workers on the ground.
"To stabilize the situation ... US policy requires a complete overhaul," reported Refugees International, adding that the US approach to terrorism is hypocritical and defines terror in a narrow manner.
The arrival of CIA officials in Puntland coincides with the entry of German secret agents in Somaliland, another breakaway Somali region.
Somaliland officials have confirmed the arrival of the German agents, adding that they had meetings with President Dahir Riyale Kahin.
It is not yet known why the secret agents have traveled to the Somali breakaway regions, which declared autonomy during the civil war; no country has so far recognized the regions.
Somalia has been without an effective central government since warlords toppled Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. The ongoing violence in Somalia has resulted in the death and displacement of countless civilians.
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