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The 'random guy' who inherited Mo Farah's phone number THE GUARDIAN

mo_farah111In Mo Farah's autobiography there is a brief passage, around three-quarters of the way through the book, when he talks about changing his mobile phone. "Later," the double Olympic gold medallist writes, "I'll find out that some random guy ended up with my old phone number. Every time I do well in a race or I'm in the spotlight, this poor guy's phone explodes with phone calls and text messages."
"'Some random guy' – that made me laugh," says Carl Delahunty, the random guy in question. Delahunty, a 40-year-old music publicist from London, became Farah's proxy in 2009 when he signed up for a new mobile phone – mainly because he wanted the free games console being offered with the contract –and got the number that was to be the bane of his life.
"I hadn't even had it a week when I started receiving calls from a rogue number," he says. "I answered and this beefy voice asked: 'Hello? Hello? Is that Mo?' It continued for months, at all sorts of ungodly hours." He checked the dialling code, saw it was from Somalia, but thought little of it until 2010, when suddenly he was besieged with messages of congratulations from around the world.

ITALY:Somali arrested for Italy shipwreck, rapes BNN

lampaduserapeItalian police have arrested a Somali man accused of raping and torturing asylum seekers fleeing Libya on a boat which sank off the island of Lampedusa last month killing more than 365 migrants.
Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin, 34, faces charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, people trafficking and criminal association with the goal of aiding illegal immigration after he was identified by survivors.
Some 130 migrants from Eritrea told police they were held for ransom at a detention centre in the Libyan desert by people traffickers from Somalia, Libya and Sudan.
A 17-year-old Eritrean girl interviewed by police said: "They forced us to watch our men being tortured with various methods including batons, electric shocks to the feet; whoever rebelled was tied up.?
The migrants were forced to pay up to $3,500 (£2,180) for their freedom and their onward journey to the Libyan coast and a boat that due to take them to Italy.
"The women who could not pay were assaulted," the girl said.                 
She also described in her own sexual assault, claiming Muhidin was one of three men who raped her.
"They threw me on the ground, held me down and poured fuel on my head. It burnt my hair, then my face, then my eyes.
"Then the three of them raped me without protection. After a quarter of an hour I was beaten and taken back to the house."
Muhidin was arrested on Lampedusa after he was spotted by some of the survivors on the island. He has now been flown to Sicily where he faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
Investigators say he arrived on the island last week and had been staying in the local migrant centre, pretending to be one of the refugees.
"He was one of the leaders of the trafficking organisation," a police spokeswoman said, adding that he may have come to Italy to look for criminal contacts.
Italian authorities have vowed to crack down on the people trafficking rings that have been behind the influx of more than 35,000 asylum seekers so far this year to the country's coasts.
Most of them come from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria and Italy has asked for the European Union to step up assistance in dealing with the arrivals and countering the criminal networks behind them.


Somalia: Somali Govt Silent On Resignation of Central Bank Governor

yusur_abrarThe Somali government Wednesday (November 6th) declined to comment on why Yussur Abrar resigned from her post as governor of the Central Bank of Somalia after barely one month on the job.
"The Federal Government of Somalia has an unshakeable commitment to good-governance," spokesman for the Somali prime minister Ridwan Haji Abdiweli said in a statement. "We do not wish to comment on individual decisions, nor will we speculate about the resignation of the Central Bank governor. It will be up to the new governor, when appointed, to carry on the important job of reforming the Central Bank."
Abrar was appointed in late September with little fanfare from the government. She reportedly sent her resignation letter, dated October 30th, to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Somalia’s struggling Al-Shabab still far from defeat

als6United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said last month that AMISOM advances had “ground to a halt” because it lacked the sufficient number of troops.

CIA Somalia: reported US covert actions 2001-2013 + US and UK covert operations in Somalia

breakingnews2US and UK covert operations in Somalia

The Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is the lead agency in the covert ‘war on terror’ in Somalia, although the CIA also has a strong regional presence.

The US has been carrying out extensive covert military operations inside Somalia since 2001, as a major six-part investigation by the US Army Times recently revealed.

Elite troops from the Pentagon’s JSOC are routinely deployed on the ground for surveillance, reconnaissance, and assault and capture operations. In June 2011, the US began carrying out drone strikes in Somalia. JSOC has its own fleet of armed Reaper drones, which are flown from various bases in the region.

The CIA also operates a secret base at Mogadishu airport, according to a detailed investigation by Jeremy Scahill at The Nation. Unarmed US surveillance drones also regularly fly from the airport, according to a well-informed Bureau source. While some of these are part of the US ‘war on terror’, many provide support for peacekeeping operations in the region.

The US’s primary target is currently al Shabaab, the militant group which controls much of the country’s south. On February 9 2012, al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri announced that al Shabaab had formally become a franchise of al Qaeda.

In recent years, both Kenya and Ethiopia have invaded parts of Somalia, the latter allegedly with the military aid of the US. JSOC forces are reported to have taken advantage of these events to carry out more intensive operations against militants, often using helicopters, airstrikes, AC-130 gunships and ‘boots on the ground’.

Related story: Militants and civilians killed in multiple US Somalia strikes

Key reports of operations in Somalia

The Bureau has collated credible reports of known covert operations and other events in Somalia relating to the ‘war on terror’. These are drawn from major international news media and agencies, political and military memoirs and papers, and academic research. All sources are transparently presented.

Given the nature of covert operations and the difficulties in reporting from Somalia, the Bureau understands that this is an incomplete record. We welcome corrections and additions.



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