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PANEL DISCUSSES TURKEY’S STATE-BUILDING EXPERIENCE IN SOMALIA

SETATURKANKARA — The Ankara-based think tank organization Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) has organized a panel on Thursday with the participation of Somali Ambassador for Turkey Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman, Turkish Ex-Ambassador of Turkey to Somali Federal Republic (2011-2014) C. Kani Torun and SETA Researcher and the author of the report "Turkey's Involvement in Somalia: A State-Building Progress" Dr. Mehmet Özkan. The panel aimed to evaluate and analyze Ankara's policy in Somalia as well as providing a chance to discuss the report written by Dr. Mehmet Özkan.

 

UK Minister visits Somalia to promote the rights of women and girls

lynne_ukInternational Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has visited Mogadishu to re-affirm the strength of the UK’s partnership with Somalia and to reinforce the importance of making sure women and girls are at the heart of the country’s development.
Britain and Somalia have a common interest in tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG), especially female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).
The visit was an opportunity to meet key members of the Somali Government responsible for looking after women’s rights, namely Minister of Women and Human Rights Development Khadija Diriye, and Vice Minister of Health Ahmed Adan Ahmed.
 

VIDEO:Al-Shabaab loses 8 Somali towns since Sept.: AMISOM

AMISOM_head_Maman_SidikouAMISOM head Maman Sidikou said that Al-Shabaab militants now only control Jamaame, Jilib, Buale and Sakow in Middle Juba Region, Diinsor in Bay region and Bardere in Gedo region
 
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Eight militants-held towns have fallen into the hands of Somali forces and African peacekeepers since the start of a major security operation against the Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group in September, the African peacekeeping mission has said.
In a Monday statement, AMISOM head Maman Sidikou said that Al-Shabaab militants now only control Jamaame, Jilib, Buale and Sakow in Middle Juba Region, Diinsor in Bay region and Bardere in Gedo region.
"There are also a few other smaller towns like El-Dere in Middle Shabelle," he added.
 
 

Kenya and Somalia in bitter dispute over Indian Ocean border THE EAST AFRICA

Somali-waters1The simmering intra-regional disputes between states over their territorial and maritime boundaries have far-reaching security and geopolitical implications than has been envisaged.
Take the dispute between Kenya and Somalia over the Indian Ocean boundary, for example. This is a disagreement that has security ramifications not just for Kenya, but also for the US. For one, the US is keen to eliminate piracy and Islamic radicalism in Somalia that appears to have crossed over in to Kenya.
In addition, the claim by Somalia could affect Manda Bay, where Kenya has a naval base, Camp Simba. From here, where the US operates the Combined Joint Task Force for the Horn of Africa and has been leading a joint counter-terrorism initiative besides providing training to the Kenya Navy.
The American interest may also be economic in the sense that its companies, Anadarko Petroleum and SOHI Oil and Gas, are involved in both onshore and offshore exploration for oil and gas around Lamu.
Somalia’s claim threatens to take away about 64,000 square kilometres from Kenya’s territorial waters, including part of the Lamu oil exploration basin.
“As a country, we cannot bear to lose an inch of all that territory…the Somali government had better co-operate with us,” said a senior Foreign Affairs Ministry official who declined to be named.
READ: Somalia: ‘It’s our water, sovereignty’
This dispute, like many others, is inspired by disagreement over resources within and beneath the ocean floor. A report by Indian Ocean Outlook says that Somalia believes that by leasing oil exploration blocks to Total and Eni oil companies, Kenya has contravened Somali Law No. 37, which defines Mogadishu’s continental shelf, its 200 nautical miles and territorial seas.
“This law was signed on September 10, 1972 and was reaffirmed on July 24, 1989 when Somali ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” reads the Indian Ocean Outlook report.
Having recognised the gravity of the issue, Kenya initiated a dialogue in June when President Uhuru Kenyatta met his Somali counterpart President Sheikh Mohamud.
 

Black Hawk Down soldier dies at 52

Black-Hawk-Down-soldier-dies-at-52(UPI) -- A decorated soldier who took part in the battle of Mogadishu depicted in Black Hawk Down died earlier this month at the age of 52.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Gallagher, who served three decades in the military and later dedicated himself to working with wounded warriors, died at his home on Oct. 13 from a heart condition.
The Third Infantry Division, under which Gallagher served as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom I, announced his passing in a Facebook post.
Gallagher was awarded with the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars (one with a Combat "V" Device) and numerous other honors, including two Purple Hearts. During the invasion of 2003 Baghdad during OIF I, Gallagher was injured, but continued to battle as a fellow soldier rendered first aid.
He was also shot in the arm during the battle in Mogadishu, Somalia, according to one of Mark Bowden's pieces in the Philadelphia Inquirer that became the basis of Bowden's book, Black Hawk Down.
 
 

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