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The president of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mahmud stated that the country is moving forward after many difficulties for decades. His statement comes when political groups in central Somalia opposed a newly signed agreement between Puntland and the federal government. Mr. Mahmud said that he recognises the impressive work Puntland has achieved and its contribution towards...

Ahlusunna Wal-jama group and other administrations including Galmudug state of central Somalia have opposed a new agreement which was signed between the federal government and the Puntland state, in Garowe. A press statement issued by administrations in central regions of Somalia says that the government has signed an agreement with another government which means that...

“ We were together at that night, and he got a mobile phone call from someone else saying that Aden Ayro is dead and now I am telling you that Sheikh Zubeyr has gone” he said While Speaking at unknown place in Barawe town with fighters and pro- al-shabaab members one of the group’s senior officials said that the killing of his “ Mate” Ahmed Godane reminded him...

A federal grand jury investigation going on all summer in St. Paul, Minnesota has been focused on a group of 20-30 Somali-Americans allegedly conspiring to join the fight with ISIS in Syria. Most of the youths being investigated have been going to the Al Farooq Youth and Family Center and mosque in Bloomington, where sources told the Star Tribune that 31-year-old Amir...

A delegation led by Somalia parliament speaker Mr. Mohamed Sheikh Osman who has been trying to unite political parties in Baidoa town of Bay region is said to be failed to end the disagreement between SW6 and SW3 after having consecutive meetings with elders and politicians from both sides. Abdullahi Adan Shelleti, former Somali MP told Somalia Focus that the speaker has...

Somalia is the archetypal failed state. A nation that has fractured so completely that for 20 years no central authority was able to control more than a few square kilometers of the capital. For many outsiders, the word “Somalia” evoked images of Black Hawk Down, pirates and Islamist rebels stoning civilians found guilty of adultery. An attack on the Somali parliament...

(Nairobi, May 22, 2014) – Somalia’s military courts since 2011 have tried hundreds of people beyond the courts’ legal mandate or in proceedings that fall short of international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should urgently transfer civilian cases to the regular courts. International donors assisting in desperately...

By, Ahmed Hussein The security of Somalia, a country ravaged by civil wars, famine and terrorism attacks, has been fragile since the collapse of the Said Barre regime in 1990. The transitional federal governments led by war lords and Islamists were established in neighbouring countries with the help of US and European countries to re-build government institutions and...

Two days ago, in broad daylight, on a makeshift football field in Mogadishu, state security forces carried out the execution by firing squad of three men. Children were among the crowd who witnessed the executions, which had been handed down by Somalia’s military court. Access to Somali military court proceedings is severely restricted so precise information is sketchy....

Remarks Geeta Pasi U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti Good morning. Welcome to the Second Gulf of Aden Regional Counterterrorism Forum. I am honored to join Djibouti in welcoming you. I would like to acknowledge the strong and growing partnership that we enjoy with the Government of Djibouti in countering terrorism in the region and beyond. Our strategic partnership continues...