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Issue 596 -- 29th Jun - 5th Jul, 2013

Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Police Bill Rejected By Parliament

Upper House To Issue Country Report

Local and Regional Affairs

Barclays Closure Of Accounts Postponed

Spiritual Leader Of Al-Shabaab Surrenders To Somali Government

Arms Ship Seized By Yemen May Have Been Somalia-Bound -UN

The EU Rehabilitates Somaliland's Main Hospital

Somalia Central Bank A 'Slush Fund' For Private Payments -UN

'Khat Addiction Nearly Cost Me My Life'

'Mum, There's Something I Have To Tell You.'


The Significance Of Ahmed Samatar’s Break With Fake Somali Nationalism

Features & Commentary

Murder, Mayhem And Mystery In Mogadishu

Kidnap And Ransom Insurance

Sisters Of Somalia

International News


How Many Ministers Does Somaliland Need?

Somaliland Recognition Is The Solution Of The Somali Problem

Spiritual Leader Of Al-Shabaab Surrenders To Somali Government

Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys is one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, but he is now in custody in Mogadishu after he surrendered himself to authorities in Somalia.
In Minnesota, Aweys is a controversial figure for the local Somali community. Some claim he's a war hero, but others believe him to be a criminal. During the trial of two Rochester women convicted of funneling money to terrorists overseas, he played a shadow role. Wiretaps revealed the money went to him, a spiritual leader for al-Shabaab.
There is an enormous amount of infighting within the terror group al-Shabaab, especially since several top leaders have been killed. Now, a 78-year-old man regarded as a major leader has turned himself in.
Pictures show Aweys boarding a plane back to Mogadishu in the company of armed guards. Now, he is in custody and being questioned by officials there.
Yet, the situation is complicated because Aweys is a former war hero, a decorated general who fought Ethiopia in the 1970s and is a founding member of the Islamic courts. Within the Somali community, there is plenty of disagreement over who he is and what should happen next. Many of the opinions fracture along clan lines.
Omar Jamal represents the Somali government at the United Nations, and he explained that support for Aweys usually comes from members of his own clan because they have a blind spot for his crimes.
"If Hitler had been Somali, there would've been a clan that would support him," Jamal said.
The United Nations, INTERPOL and the U.S. all consider Aweys a terrorist, linking him to dozens of terror attacks on hotels and markets in the 1990s, countless suicide bombings in Somalia and U.S. Embassy bombings in both Kenya and Tanzania.
Taking him into custody could become a major test for the Somali government in regards to how they handle Aweys, but it remains unclear whether they will allow extradition to the U.S. or elsewhere to face terrorism charges. There is also concern the government may use him for propaganda purposes against al-Shabaab.




















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