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Politics: Somalia And The War Against Terrorism
ISSUE 223
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This Week's Somaliland News

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UNHCR Aides Local Youth NGO ‘Havoyoco’ ‎To Supply Commercial Electricity

Port Of Berbera Implements The ISPS Code‎  

Berbera Port Boosts Operations - ‎Transporters Praise Efficiency, Speed‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

The Long Reach Of ‎Majeerteenya’s Criminal Activities‎

UNPO Member, Somaliland Demands ‎Global Recognition‎‎

Secret Dubai Deal Helped Save Oil Tanker ‎Hijacked By Somali Pirates‎

Kenya: Somalia Talks To Cost ‎Kenya Sh1.2 B, Says Kiplagat‎

Regional Affairs

Pirates Hijack Another Ship In South Somalia

Special Humanitarian Envoy Visits ‎Drought Affected Djibouti‎

Somali Recruits Unfit For Training Deported ‎From Kenya‎

Activists Blame Donors, Neighbors For ‎Somalia, Sudan Conflicts

New Malaria Treatment Introduced In ‎Somalia‎‎‎‎

US Appeals For Calm Amid Tensions In Mogadishu

Politics: Somalia And The War Against Terrorism‎‎

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Special Report

International News

'We Just Want To Know How He Died'‎‎

British American Tobacco Reports Huge Profits

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

"Second Slavery" Snares Migrants‎‎

Day Gunmen Stopped Me On My Way To School

When Nations Yearn For Their Tormentors‎

Batulo Essak Awarded The Prestigious Aleksandra ‎Prize For Achievements In Promoting Equality‎

Opinions

In Defense Of Honorable Basha Farah, ‎Somaliland's Deputy Speaker Of Parliament‎

Hirad On Somaliland: Manifestations Of Hysteria‎‎‎

The Effective Establishment: Small Is Smart‎‎‎‎‎

Abdillahi Yusuf, The Author Of His Own ‎Misfortunes‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎ ‎‎‎

A Rejoinder To Abdalla A Hirad’s ‎Outburst Against Professor Jhazbhay


April 20, 2006 – Country Profile Somalia

The lack of government control and the presence of Islamist activity—conditions shared with Afghanistan—made Somalia a prime target for the US government in its war against terrorism. Particular concern was focused on Al-Itihad and the Al-Barakat conglomerate, which included a money transfer facility thought to be financing terrorist operations. However, extensive evidence gathered since September 11th 2001 concluded that Al-Itihad poses no significant threat and the role of Al-Barakat in providing financial support to various groups is tenuous in terms of international terrorism. The US overreaction was attributed to initial reliance on Ethiopia for intelligence gathering, when Ethiopia’s own agenda is likely to have affected the provision of information. External monitoring of Somalia, including the patrolling of coastal waters, is likely to continue well into the future. Greater external support was given to the reconciliation efforts, but it is likely that the international community’s interest in Somalia will remain fairly minor as problems in the Middle East and Afghanistan dominate the global agenda.

Only Somaliland has an identifiable national armed force, although Mr. Abdillahi’s interim government has suggested a new 30,000-strong Somali security service to be made up of the numerous armed militias allied to clan-based political groups. The UN has imposed an arms embargo since 1992 in an attempt to support peace and reconciliation, but this has been widely violated. No current data on troops and armed groups is available at present.

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit


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