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Default Somalia chief says Al-Qaeda seeks growing African base

Most f the news from the UN gathering was on Iran and Obama's reply. Yet others spoke and some of them need to be heard..

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UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The head of Somalia's weakened transitional government on Saturday accused Islamist insurgents of seeking to turn the war-stricken country into a base for Al-Qaeda to bring terror to the whole of the Horn of Africa.

Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, whose western-backed administration only retains a shaky control of Mogadishu with African Union peacekeepers, appealed for greater international support including more troops to fight Islamists.

"Somalia is a weak link" in the fight against international terrorism, the president of the transitional federal government told the UN General Assembly.

Sharif told world leaders that Al-Qaeda was working with the Shebab militants who now control much of central and southern Somalia, which has been at conflict for more than two decades.

The president said the activities of Shebab "turns the stomach of anyone with a conscience."

"They are killing Somali citizens, cutting their throats, cutting off their limbs and they have carried out horrible crimes against humanity such as cutting off the heads of their victims and throwing them away," he told the assembly.

"This movement does not believe in Somalia as a country and does not believe in the creation of a government in Somalia but wants to turn the whole of the Horn of Africa into a terrorist hub for their Al-Qaeda handlers to wreak havoc in the region and beyond."

UN officials say growing numbers of foreign fighters are entering Somalia to join Shebab, and in many cases are leading insurgent attacks against African Union troops.

But the international community has been increasingly critical of Sharif's efforts to establish a stable government.

The transitional government has a mandate until August 2011, but international officials say authorities are failing to effectively bring opposition groups into government and even to organize basic services.

Sharif said his government needed more global resources, more support for the African Union military mission (AMISOM) and more international security forces.

And the UN's response..

The United Nations held a special meeting on Somalia on Thursday and a statement called on the transitional government to overcome divisions and speedily make arrangements for an administration to take its place.
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US Orders Staffers to Leave Mogadishu Over 'Specific Threat'...

US Orders Staffers to Leave Somalia Over 'Specific Threat'
November 04, 2017 - The United States has ordered all non-essential employees of its mission to Somalia to leave the capital, Mogadishu, citing “specific threat information” against them.
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The statement issued Saturday by the U.S. State Department relates the threat information to Mogadishu International Airport, protected by African Union Troops and run by a Turkish firm. “Due to specific threat information against U.S. personnel on the Mogadishu International Airport, the U.S. Mission to Somalia has directed its non-essential U.S. citizen employees to depart Mogadishu until further notice,” said the statement.


U.S. Marines raise the American flag over the reclaimed U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu.

It also urged U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Somalia to be vigilant. “The Department of State urges all U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Somalia to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local media for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance,” the statement reads.


Peace Hotel, across from the main gate of Aden Adde International airport, Mogadishu, Somalia

Speaking to VOA on the condition of anonymity, authorities at the airport said the threat information has been submitted to airport security and they do not know the specific threat. Brigadier General Abdi Ashkir Jama, the general manager of Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport — named after Aden Abdullah Osman, the first president of Somalia — was contacted by VOA, but he has declined to speak about it, referring the case to the Somalia’s security ministry.

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Hundreds More US Troops Now in Somalia, But Pentagon Denies 'Build Up'
17 Nov 2017 | The Pentagon announced in a statement Thursday there are now "more than" 500 US troops on the ground in Somalia.
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The Pentagon announced in a statement Thursday there are now "more than" 500 US troops on the ground in Somalia. A significant increase from early 2014 when roughly two dozen troops arrived for the first time since 1993 and the Black Hawk Down incident. US Africa Command says there have been 28 airstrikes this year, mostly from drones against al-Shabaab, long considered the greatest terror threat in Africa. At a press conference Thursday at the Pentagon, a top defense official denied any "ramp-up." "I do not believe necessarily there's a ramp-up," said Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff when asked about the spike in airstrikes in Somalia. "It's the density of targets is such that now there's some of opportunities to do those strikes."


al-Shabab fighters sit on a truck as they patrol in Mogadishu, Somalia

The US military recently conducted six straight days of airstrikes in Somalia from last Thursday to Tuesday. Last month, al-Shabaab was blamed for a truck bombing in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu which killed over 300 people. The head of the Pentagon's joint staff said there's no link between the fall of the ISIS capital Raqqa last month, and the first airstrikes against ISIS in Yemen and Somalia.

Earlier this month, the US conducted the first airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia. McKenzie also denied the increase of hundreds of additional troops in Somalia as a "build up," but just a "flow of forces in and out" of the country. In May, a Navy SEAL was killed fighting al-Shabaab, the first combat death in Somalia since 1993. In addition to Somalia, the US military has conducted over 100 airstrikes against Al Qaeda in Yemen, including the first strikes against ISIS in Yemen last month.

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