Somalia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25598/all en Somali pirates release Syrian hostages after 2 years-authorities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/somali-pirates-release-syrian-hostages-after-2-years-authoritie <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh</p> <p>MOGADISHU, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Somali pirates have released three Syrian hostages held in captivity since 2010 without payment of any ransom, government officials said on Saturday.</p> <p>The three were part of the 19-strong crew of a Panama-flagged, United Arab Emirates-owned bulk cargo vessel captured in December 2010 some 400 miles northeast of the Seychelles. The ship was released in October 2012 after pirates said they received $400,000, but detained six of the crew to get more money for them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/somali-pirates-release-syrian-hostages-after-2-years-authoritie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gulf of Aden Piracy in Somalia Somalia Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:00:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733565 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-U.S. to recognize Somali government, opening door to new aid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-1-us-recognize-somali-government-opening-door-new-aid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Clinton to announce step in meeting with Somali leader</p> <p>* US says Somalia has progressed since 'Black Hawk Down'</p> <p>* Move could ease new assistance from World Bank, IMF</p> <p>By Andrew Quinn</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/update-1-us-recognize-somali-government-opening-door-new-aid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Entertainment Politics Somali Civil War Somalia Technology War Thomson Reuters Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:04:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735281 at http://www.globalpost.com Peacekeepers kill 5 children in Somali town - residents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/peacekeepers-kill-5-children-somali-town-residents <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOGADISHU, Jan 17 (Reuters) - African Union peacekeepers trying to dislodge Islamist rebels from Somalia's Lower Shabelle region shot dead at least seven civilians in a remote town, including five children who were studying the Koran, residents said on Thursday.</p> <p>The peacekeeping force said it was investigating an incident in which civilians may have been caught in crossfire as its troops repelled a rebel attack on a defensive position in the town of Leggo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/peacekeepers-kill-5-children-somali-town-residents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Education Politics Somali Civil War Somalia War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:30:55 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735682 at http://www.globalpost.com Somaliland dismisses Britain's security threat warning http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/somaliland-dismisses-britains-security-threat-warning <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HARGEISA, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Somalia's breakaway Somaliland enclave has dismissed as "baseless" a British government warning of an imminent attack on foreigners.</p> <p>London urged all British nationals to leave Somaliland immediately on Sunday, warning of a "specific threat" to foreigners. Ireland issued the same alert to its citizens.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/somaliland-dismisses-britains-security-threat-warning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Somalia Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:16:13 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740433 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Suicide blast kills two near Somali president's palace http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-suicide-bomber-strikes-near-somali-presidential-palace <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* President was abroad at time of attack, PM safe</p> <p>* Al Shabaab claims strike, warns of more attacks</p> <p>* Bomber infiltrated govt side this month - Shabaab (Adds govt, Shabaab comments)</p> <p>By Abdi Sheikh</p> <p>MOGADISHU, Jan 29 (Reuters) - An Islamist militant persuaded Somali government officials he had defected, then walked up to the president's palace compound on Tuesday and blew himself up near the gates, killing at least two soldiers, witnesses and rebels said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-suicide-bomber-strikes-near-somali-presidential-palace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa al Shabaab Contemporary history Irregular military Islam Politics Somali Civil War Somalia War Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:30:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740895 at http://www.globalpost.com UN chief suggests review of 21-year-old Somalia arms embargo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/un-chief-suggests-review-21-year-old-somalia-arms-embargo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* African Union peacekeepers battling militants in Somalia</p> <p>* Arms embargo imposed on Somalia by United Nations in 1992</p> <p>* Somalia held first elections last year since 1991</p> <p>By Michelle Nichols</p> <p>UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council should consider lifting an arms embargo on Somalia to help rebuild the country's security forces and consolidate military gains against al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon suggested in a report Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/un-chief-suggests-review-21-year-old-somalia-arms-embargo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Politics Social Issues Somali Civil War Somalia United Nations War Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:00:52 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743683 at http://www.globalpost.com Clan feud kills 11 in Somali port http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/clan-feud-kills-11-somali-port <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Clashes between rival Somali clan militias in Kismayo killed 11 Saturday, witnesses said, in the worst unrest since Kenya-backed pro-government forces recaptured the southern port from Islamist insurgents last year.</p> <p>The fighting erupted when a clan leader died at a police station, prompting pitched battles between Marehan and Ogadeni clansmen, two of the three groups that have traditionally fought for control of Kismayo.</p> <p>"I saw at least 11 people, especially fighters, killed in these battles," a Kismayo elder, Mohamed Ga'al, told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/clan-feud-kills-11-somali-port" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Somali Civil War Somalia AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:16:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5764429 at http://www.globalpost.com UN set to ease Somalia arms embargo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/un-set-ease-somalia-arms-embargo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN Security Council is set to ease a two decade old arms embargo against Somalia to help the new government in its battle against Islamist militants, diplomats said Wednesday.</p> <p>The United States has been supporting a campaign by the Somali government for the embargo to be ended, while Britain and France have been more reluctant to let more arms into a country already awash with guns, diplomats said.</p> <p>The measure is likely to be part of a council resolution renewing the mandate of the African Union military force in Somalia which should be passed on Wednesday next week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/un-set-ease-somalia-arms-embargo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa International relations Politics Somalia United Nations War AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:30:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5768770 at http://www.globalpost.com Plan floated at UN to lift Somalia arms embargo for a year http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/plan-floated-at-un-lift-somalia-arms-embargo-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Draft resolution likely to be circulated this week</p> <p>* US urging embargo be lifted, Britain and France reluctant</p> <p>* UN arms embargo imposed on Somalia in 1992</p> <p>By Michelle Nichols</p> <p>UNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A proposal to lift a U.N. arms embargo on the Somalian government for a year but leave in place restrictions on weapons like surface-to-air missiles has been floated among a deeply split 15-member U.N. Security Council, diplomats said on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/plan-floated-at-un-lift-somalia-arms-embargo-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Politics Somali Civil War Somalia War Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:00:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5768981 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-UN partially lifts arms embargo on Somalia for a year http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130306/update-1-un-partially-lifts-arms-embargo-somalia-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Security Council also renews AU peacekeeping force in Somalia</p> <p>* Council was split over whether to cancel arms embargo entirely</p> <p>* Britain says one-year lifting of arms ban is strong compromise (Adds details throughout)</p> <p>By Michelle Nichols</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130306/update-1-un-partially-lifts-arms-embargo-somalia-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arms control Arms embargo International relations Politics Social Issues Somalia War Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:46:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5775172 at http://www.globalpost.com UN eases oldest arms embargo to help Somali government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/un-eases-oldest-arms-embargo-help-somali-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN Security Council on Wednesday suspended the arms embargo against Somalia for one year, easing the oldest international weapons blockade to help the government battle Islamist militants.</p> <p>The 15-member council unanimously passed to a resolution allowing light arms to be sold to the Somali armed forces as they seek to rebuild and spread government authority into territory taken from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab.</p> <p>The embargo was imposed in 1992, a year after the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre as rival warlords battled for control of the East African nation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/un-eases-oldest-arms-embargo-help-somali-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa International relations Politics Somalia War AFP Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:46:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5775182 at http://www.globalpost.com UN eases oldest arms embargo to help Somali government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/un-eases-oldest-arms-embargo-help-somali-government-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN Security Council on Wednesday suspended the arms embargo against Somalia for one year, easing the oldest international weapons blockade to help the government battle Islamist militants.</p> <p>The 15-member council unanimously passed a resolution allowing light arms to be sold to the Somali armed forces as they seek to rebuild and spread government authority into territory taken from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab.</p> <p>The embargo was imposed in 1992, a year after the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, as rival warlords battled for control of the East African nation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/un-eases-oldest-arms-embargo-help-somali-government-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Politics Somali Civil War Somalia United Nations War AFP Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:30:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5775522 at http://www.globalpost.com Car bomb kills at least 10 in Somali capital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130318/car-bomb-explodes-near-somali-presidential-palace <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh</p> <p>MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed at least 10 people on Monday in the worst attack in the Somali capital this year when he tried to kill Mogadishu's security chief near the presidential palace, police and rebels said.</p> <p>Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it carried out the attack along Maka al Mukarram road that runs between the palace and the national theatre, a route lined by tearooms that were engulfed in fire from the blast.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130318/car-bomb-explodes-near-somali-presidential-palace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arab League Islam Islamic terrorism Politics Somali Civil War Somalia War Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:00:53 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5786601 at http://www.globalpost.com AU Somali force readies for possible Ethiopia pullout http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/au-somali-force-readies-possible-ethiopia-pullout <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>African Union forces battling Islamist insurgents in Somalia are preparing troops to take over should Ethiopia withdraw more soldiers from the region, their commander said Thursday.</p> <p>"We have in place contingent measures to ensure that areas in Bay and Bakool...remain stable and secure in the event of further Ethiopian troop withdrawals," said Andrew Gutti, commander of African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM), referring to southwest Somali regions currently controlled by Ethiopia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/au-somali-force-readies-possible-ethiopia-pullout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Somali Civil War Somalia Technology AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:01:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789742 at http://www.globalpost.com Bombs and gun battles kill at least 19 in Somali capital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130414/big-blast-heard-amid-gunfire-at-somalias-mogadishu-courts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar</p> <p>MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least 19 people were killed in the Somali capital on Sunday in bomb attacks carried out by militants linked to al Qaeda and subsequent gun battles with the al Shabaab fighters, breaking a fragile return to peace in Mogadishu.</p> <p>A bomb exploded outside law courts in the city as gunmen stormed the compound. Security forces then arrived and battled the fighters inside. Later, a bomb exploded near an African Union and Turkish Red Crescent convoy on the way to the airport.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130414/big-blast-heard-amid-gunfire-at-somalias-mogadishu-courts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arab League Business Hospitality Islamic terrorism Law Mogadishu Political geography Politics Somali Civil War Somalia War Thomson Reuters Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:30:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5815196 at http://www.globalpost.com