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Somalia: Mogadishu Is Burning

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posted on Jul, 31 2006 @ 03:41 PM
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Photo of the mysterious jet landing in Mogadishu

An Ilyushin 76 landed in Mogadushu last Wednesday. The plane was allegedly loaded with weapons to the Islamic militia with regards from Eritea. Eritrea supports the Islamists and might be fighting a proxy war against Ethiopia in Somalia.


Experts see proxy war under way in Somalia


A mysterious Russian-built cargo plane believed to be loaded with weapons landed in this capital Wednesday, setting off a fresh round of allegations that Somalia has become a proxy battleground for its neighbors Eritrea and Ethiopia.

The United States and other Western powers have cautioned outsiders against meddling in Somalia, which has no single ruling authority and can be manipulated by anyone with money and guns. But there's little sign the warning has been heeded. Somalia's virtually powerless government charged on Wednesday that the Ilyushin-76, only the second flight to land at Mogadishu International Airport in a decade, was packed with land mines, bombs and guns.

The new proxy fight between Ethiopia and Eritrea is officially denied by both countries, despite witness accounts and reports by the United Nations describing Somalia's plight.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

I wonder if this jet could be one of Viktor Bout's...

Related Link:
TYR: Have you seen this aeroplane?




posted on Sep, 2 2006 @ 05:51 PM
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Well, at least two of Viktor Bout's planes were there so that plane may have been one of them. Actually, I think it was. Anyway, the Islamists are busy forcing their beliefs on the population. Raiding cinemas and flogging marijuana smokers...


News24.com: 'Allah's soldiers' raid cinemas

02/09/2006



Islamist militia stormed makeshift cinemas in the Somali capital, seizing equipment and arresting more than two dozen people for watching banned films, officials and witnesses said on Saturday.

Witnesses said at least 30 people were detained in the raids when heavily-armed Muslim gunmen known as the "Soldiers of Allah" entered two packed cinemas halls in southern Mogadishu's Wardhiigley district. They dispersed audiences of more than 300 people who were watching Indian Bollywood features, deemed pornographic by the Islamists, and carted off projection equipment and generators, witnesses said.

"We managed to arrest 30, but most of them fled," militia commander Nuur Hassan Raghe said. "They were watching movies that are ethically unfit." He added that his men had also caught several people smoking marijuana and had flogged them for violating Qu'ranic proscriptions on the use of intoxicants.

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posted on Sep, 2 2006 @ 08:00 PM
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Having been there in 1993, I say let the whole damn place burn into hell.

It was crap hole then and it will always be.



posted on Oct, 23 2006 @ 01:54 AM
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Ethiopian soldiers helped government troops retake the town of Burhakaba. Now the Islamist are determined to take it back with help from Eritrean soldiers. Troops are massing around the city...




BBC: Troops massing around Somali town

22 October 2006



Somali government troops and Islamist fighters are massing around the central town of Burhakaba a day after it was taken by government forces.

Ethiopian soldiers are said to have helped the government troops. With Eritrean soldiers suspected of helping the rebels, diplomats have warned the situation could spiral out of control, engulfing the whole region.

Hundreds of Islamists have now converged on the nearby town of Lego.

Diplomatic sources estimate that between 6,000-8,000 Ethiopians are now inside Somalia, bolstering the government's faltering control. Ranged against them are not just the well-armed militia of the Islamic Courts, but also about 2,000 fully equipped Eritrean troops, says our analyst.

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A Lego army!



posted on Oct, 23 2006 @ 02:11 AM
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I wonder why the United States is involved there...

If I am not mistaken, there are indeed reports that there is oil in Somalia...Unexplored reserves much like Sudan. No wonder why China is supplying weapons to the Sudanese government to commit genocide. So they can get the oil, same with the US. Poor Africa is always raped.



posted on Oct, 23 2006 @ 02:32 AM
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So would the U.S. be backing the Islamist fighters ?
The problem is that Africa has been this way since time began and will never change.
Think about the people you are dealing with here, they all grew up with malnutrition and war and anyone that had any brains got out a long time ago. Malnutrition alone has created a society of almost total mental retardation and then you throw in some good drugs and guns and a few religious leaders and there you have it.
The only thing that America did wrong was to feed a people that were overpopulating a area of the world that can not sustain that population.



posted on Oct, 23 2006 @ 07:25 AM
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good god, i can't believe people still exist who still think like you.
do the world a favor,
or al least get a decent understanding about the history of the continent and the people before you go spewing things out of your mouth your choice.


(mod edit, please have some decorum when posting)

[edit on 23-10-2006 by asala]



posted on Oct, 23 2006 @ 10:50 AM
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I understand that that sounds very bad but a lot of it is true. The effects of generations of malnutrition are well documented and over population is a big problem. I do not hate these people but the world is a vicious place outside of a few modernized countries.



posted on Nov, 12 2006 @ 03:36 PM
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The Islamists have taken another key city in Somalia. They seized Bandiradley, north of Mogadishu. The Islamists say they are now planning to march on Galkayo, a major town in Puntland. The warlords said they only did a "tactical retreat" from Bandiradley and claim they were not defeated...




BBC: Islamists 'take key Somali town'

12 November 2006



Mohamed Mohamud Jama, an Islamic Courts spokesman in Mudug, told the agency they were now planning to march on Galkayo, a major town in Puntland to the north.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


BakuTODAY.net: Somali Islamists seize new town, war fears mount

12/11/2006



Islamist gunmen have stormed a town in central Somalia, seizing it in fierce fighting from a warlord allied with the weak government, as the lawless nation slipped closer to all-out war.

"We have taken control of Bandiradley after heavy fighting," said Mohamed Mohamud Jama, the Islamist spokesman in Mudug, where the town, about 700 kilometers (440 miles) north of Mogadishu, is located.

"They attacked us and we retaliated," Jama, the Islamist commander, said Sunday. "The result is clear, they are losers and the Islamic courts will win day-by-day until Sharia law is implemented all over the country."

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posted on Dec, 20 2006 @ 10:18 PM
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Seems like the Islamists might have lost a battle near Baidoa, NW of Mogadishu. The transitional government claims victory and say they have inflicted heavy losses on the Islamists. They say hundreds of Islamists are dead while other hundreds are wounded.


Map: bbc


BakuTODAY.net: Government claims victory in Somalia fighting

21/12/2006



Somalia's transitional government claimed its Ethiopian-backed armed forces had inflicted heavy losses on Islamic fighters in an upsurge in a conflict threatening to embroil the entire region. Rival forces pounded each other with heavy shells and rockets near the seat of government in Baidoa, about 250 kilometres (155 mile) northwest of the capital Mogadishu, and hundreds of terrified civilians fled the battlezone. "The onslaught of the Islamic Courts Union and their terrorist allies has been defeated," the information ministry in Baidoa said, adding that "hundreds" of Islamic fighters had been killed.

The fighting occurred on the day European Commissioner Louis Michel held talks with President Abdullahi Yusuf and Islamists chief Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys and announced their willingness to resume stalled peace talks and halt hostilities.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Related News Sources:
BBC: Somalia rivals 'to resume talks'



posted on Dec, 22 2006 @ 03:24 PM
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Ethiopia has moved tanks into the battle zone near Baidoa. More than 500 Islamists have been killed the past few days. Most of the dead are innocent children which the Islamists have been "forced" to send to the frontline...


Channelnewsasia: Ethiopian tanks move into battle with Somalia Islamists

23 December 2006



Ethiopia moved tanks and other reinforcements into the battle zone for a third day of fighting against Islamist forces in southern Somalia, witnesses said, while the Islamists vowed an all-out war.

Somali Information Minister Ali Jama said fatalities were reported on two fronts east and south of the Baidoa, about 250 kilometres (155 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu. "The combined total from two fronts is over 500 Islamists killed since Wednesday," Jama told AFP. The figure could not be independently verified. "Most of those killed are innocent children who have been sent to the frontline. It is unfortunate because we have been forced into this ... we do not like shedding the blood of children," Jama added.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.




posted on Dec, 22 2006 @ 04:38 PM
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Here are some more details of the military activities near Baidoa.


Pajamas Media: Afghanistan Again: Somalia Falling to Al Qaeda

December 22, 2006
A Pajamas Media Exclusive




Al Qaeda’s allies in Somalia are on the verge of seizing the secular government’s last stronghold - opening the possibility of a “new Afghanistan” to shelter America’s enemies.

Somalia is at a critical juncture. In the coming days, the world will learn whether the transitional federal government is strong enough to fend off the terrorists’ assault. If it fails, al-Qaeda will win its first countrywide safe haven since 9/11.

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Baidoa is heavily fortified and protected by a large contingent of Ethiopian troops but its defenses will not hold, intelligence sources tell Pajamas Media. Ethiopia has allied itself with Somalia’s embattled transitional federal government.

Reached by Pajamas Media, Dahir Jibreel, the transitional government’s permanent secretary in charge of international cooperation, confirmed that a massive offensive is underway. Jibreel said that the ICU launched an “offensive on the seat of the government from three directions: Burkhakabo, Idale and Dinsor.”

Jibreel is guardedly optimistic, noting that the Islamic radicals “sustained heavy losses.”

“They will overrun Baidoa,” a military intelligence officer told Pajamas Media. “It’s only a question of when.”

Click the link to read the full version...



posted on Dec, 22 2006 @ 07:07 PM
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Again, the bullcrap about Al-Qaeda involved everywhere where the US gov needs them to spread fear and create the illusion of a powerful international terrorist organisation. Propaganda.

But what is happening there is really sad and disgusting.



posted on Dec, 23 2006 @ 04:05 PM
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Islamists Call For Help

The Islamists are calling for help from the international community. They want help to stop the "invading forces from Ethiopia". Thousands of foreign fighters have already joined the Islamic forces, and they call for Islamic fighters from all over the world to join the "holy war" as well...


BBC: Somalia Islamists call for help

23 December 2006



The Islamist militia that controls much of southern Somalia has said the world must help it combat Ethiopia, which it has accused of invading the country.

Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said the international community must help it fight what he described as Ethiopian interference.

The Islamists' defence chief meanwhile urged Muslims worldwide to join a "holy war" against Ethiopia.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


BakuTODAY.net: Somali Islamists claim capture of government outpost

23/12/2006



"Our Islamic fighters have taken control of Idale and are heading to other parts where Tigray (Ethiopian) invaders are now based," Islamic movement information chief Abdurahim Ali Muddey told АFР.

"By the will of Allah, we will liberate our people and country from the Ethiopian invaders," he said.

Information Minister Ali Jama did not confirm the seizure, but told АFР "fighting is raging in Idale." Witnesses said the rivals were shelling each other with mortars, rockets and machine-gun fire, causing heavy casualties.

With no sign of let-up in the fighting, the Islamist leadership called on all Muslims around the world to join in the clashes that threaten to engulf the entire Horn of Africa region.

"This country is open for the Islamic fighters all over the world to join the holy war," said Islamist security chief Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Siad Indo'adhe.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Will the international community send help to the Islamists? "Holy war"... I really hate that phrase. Meanwhile, some people are making lots of money selling weapons. More money than they can spend in a lifetime, but they still want more...



posted on Dec, 24 2006 @ 04:53 AM
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Ethiopian warplanes are now bombing targets in Somalia!



posted on Dec, 24 2006 @ 01:54 PM
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I seriously doubt that anyone beside random islamists will come to Islamic courts assistance, since Ethiopian forces are there to help the legal and internationally backed goverment agaist a rebellion...



posted on Dec, 24 2006 @ 04:29 PM
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Somalia has a Government? I thought the only government in that country was in Somaliland



posted on Dec, 25 2006 @ 12:27 AM
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As usual, all the US haters jump on the malicious rumors that the US is supplying weapons to the Somali warlords.

Meanwhile, back in reality, the Somalis leak the contents of the "secret" UN report on who is REALLY shipping weapons to Somalia, and guess what, the United States isn't on the list,just our old friends from Africa and the Middle East - oh those fun loving Arabs.

Hey, sorry to spoil your fun, why not start another thread about how the US invented AIDS to use as a biological weapon.

www.somalinet.com...

UN report names Countries supplying weapons to Somalia
Tue. November 14, 2006 12:25 pm.

The 80-page document, obtained by Reuters and due to be discussed by a Security Council committee on Friday, lists an array of weapons and military supplies sent to the shaky interim government and its rivals in a powerful Islamist movement.

Highlights and excerpts from the report: confirm that Syria, Iran, Eritrea, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya and Saudi Arabia have all sent military personnel, weapons or military supplies including food and medicine to the Islamists, based in Mogadishu. While Ethiopia, Uganda and Yemen have all sent weapons and military equipment to the interim government, holed up in its sole outpost in Baidoa.



posted on Dec, 25 2006 @ 12:40 AM
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Originally posted by Retseh

As usual, all the US haters jump on the malicious rumors that the US is supplying weapons to the Somali warlords.

Hey, sorry to spoil your fun, why not start another thread about how the US invented AIDS to use as a biological weapon.

I'm not sure if that was directed at me. If it were: I'm not american. I have no interests in defending or attacking the US or making threads about US inventing HIV. And I've never claimed that the US has supplied weapons to Somalia. I've claimed that Viktor Bout have transported weapons there. One of his planes is landing in Mogadishu in the photo at the top of this page.



posted on Dec, 25 2006 @ 10:36 AM
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Originally posted by HellmuttI'm not sure if that was directed at me. If it were: I'm not american. I have no interests in defending or attacking the US or making threads about US inventing HIV. And I've never claimed that the US has supplied weapons to Somalia. I've claimed that Viktor Bout have transported weapons there. One of his planes is landing in Mogadishu in the photo at the top of this page.


Sorry, I hadn't even read your posts, just the oh so common opening accusations that the US was shipping weapons to Somalia, killing baby seals, and working with aliens to dominate the World.

This thread will probably quieten down now that the facts have been released, after all, there's no fun in insulting the Eritreans or Libyans.




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