Archive for the ‘Somalia’ Category

1,000 Dead in Mogadishu Battles

10 April 2007

It is estimated that 1,000 people have been killed in battles in the Ethiopian capital, according to BBC News, and 4,000 injured. Also, the UN says 124,000 people have left the city.

Eritrea says that Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed has held talks with President Isaias Afewerki in Asmara, though having previously denied connection to the Islamists. Eritrea is described by BBC as “Ethiopia’s regional rival.”

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Battles in Somalia Kill 381

3 April 2007

The last four days of fighting in Somalia have left 381 dead and 565 wounded, according to Reuters. The government has advised civilians to leave their homes because the government may target where they live at any time. Salad Ali Jelle, the deputy defense minister, says that the government does not recognize the ceasefire negotiated between the Ethiopian military and clan elders.

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Mortars in Somalia Kill Two

19 March 2007

Insurgents attacking Mogadishu killed at least two civilians, according to Yahoo, and injured 16 or more. Four separate mortar attacks were launched against the capital.

UN delegates met in Baidoa (about 155 miles southwest of Mogadishu) to discuss sending UN peacekeepers to Somalia.

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Blast in Somalia Kills Seven

16 March 2007

A bomb blast on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, killed a family of seven, according to BBC News, among them four children. The family was among the 40,000 who have left the capital since February, and were in the village of Afgoye.

Deputy Defence Minister Salad Ali Jelle says that 4,000 newly-trained soldiers will pacify the city in the next month.

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Two Civilians Killed in Somalia Crossfire

13 March 2007

Two civilians were killed in clashes between Ethiopian forces and insurgents, according to the Associated Press. Roughly 20 insurgents battled with the government forces, who were protecting a military base. The battle lasted fifteen minutes, then the insurgents disappeared.

One woman was killed while in a truck, and thirteen-year-old boy sitting in front of his house was shot in the head and killed.

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15 Civilians Dead in Somalia

21 February 2007

Government and Ethiopian forces’ battles with insurgents yesterday have left 15 civilians dead in Mogadishu, according to the AP. Among the dead were a pregnant woman and a 4-year-old boy. A 12-year-old girl among the 45 injured had to have both her legs amputated.

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Bombs in Somalia Kill Four

16 February 2007

Fighting in Somalia killed at least four people yesterday and wounded 17, according to the Associated Press. A mortar shell that hit near a market in Mogadishu killed three and wounded five. Another shell hit a beach where a group of children were swimming, killing one and wounding six others.

Three other shells fell in the Hodan district and wounded six.

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Somalia Peacekeeping

19 January 2007

Ethiopia says that it wants to leave Somalia by the end of the month, according to BBC News. Regional diplomats are trying to put together a peacekeeping force of 8,000 to replace what is described as a potential power vacuum.

So far, Uganda has agreed to provide peacekeepers. Also, Ethiopia, Kenya, and several other unnamed countries have also said they would. South Africa and Tanzania both say that it is too early to decide.

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They Won’t Happen?

15 January 2007

His other views aside, Enoch Powell was right when he said that “History is littered with wars which everybody knew would never happen.” Though we’ve already invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, the White House refuses to rule out the possibility of an attack on Iran. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, “No one in our government can sit here today and tell Americans that we won’t engage the Iranians and the Syrians cross-border.”

In a moment of brilliance, the EU has noted that the US attacks on Somalia could result in “an escalation of military activity in south Somalia which risks having a negative impact on the process of peace process and reconciliation — which should be our main priority.”

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Strike in Somalia Kills 27

9 January 2007

The US airstrike in Somalia killed at least 27 civilians, according to CBS News, possibly including a four-year-old boy. The attack was in the town of Afmadow, in southern Somalia.

The attacks were intended to kill Islamic extremists.

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