Last week, President Obama announced that the United States plans to deal with the ISIS threat with a similar strategy to what they have been implementing in Somalia to combat Al Shabaab. This decision has been met with scrutiny, as it is not clear how truly successful or effective the strategy in Somalia has been. The violence has remained high in Somalia since late 2010, having increased manifold. Figure 3 maps where these events have been occurring in the past year. Suggesting that these areas have still not become safer for civilians despite government and allied efforts. In this light, it is important to consider what conflict in Somalia means for civilians, especially with the heightened violence that they endure as a result. ] explosives were detonated by Al Shabaab last week in their efforts to attack government ally forces traveling in a convoy. The group stated that they carried out the attack targeting American officials who were travelling with the convoy, aiming to avenge for the killing of their leader Godane. These locations were identified in ACLED coded data as having been seized by government and aligned forces during the period under review.

The Violence, Terror, And Hunger At Somalia

Violence In Somalia

And thus we have Bush’s “war on terror” – which is, as we’ve often noted, simply an escalation of the long-running, bipartisan foreign policy of the “National Security State” that has ruled America for 60 years. Has anyone noticed that yet another “regime change” accomplished with U.S. The Washington Post has certainly noticed. The Ethiopian/US invasion prematurely ended a delicate peace process, six months of law and order, and threw Mogadishu back into that all too familiar vacuum of nihilism. Today, motors and artilleries are routinely fired from all directions; assassinations– including high profile ones– became part of the daily rituals; robbery and rape became rampant, and a full-fledged insurgency is underway. The much heralded arrival of Uganda soldiers in Mogadishu, Somalia’s disputed capital, as the lead contingent of African Union troops into that volatile country, started with bloodshed. A missile launched at armoured cars carrying Ugandan troops enroute to Global Hotel, presumably to protect government officials, missed its target and killed 10 people; while retaliatory fire by Ugandan troops apparently killed four persons. Twenty others were wounded. Hotbed for Terrorists: Ethiopia or Somalia?

Africans, especially Somalis, stood by stunned by the manner with which international law was violated, trampled on and discarded by the US-backed Ethiopian war of aggression and invasion against Somalia. Why was the international community as deafeningly silent as innocent Somalis were bombed by US and Ethiopian bombers? Why was there no public outrage as innocent men, women and children were massacred in cold blood by the invading Ethiopian forces and labeled “extremists”, “Islamists” etc. etc.? It is high time that we claimed humanity back! The truth about the December Ethiopian invasion of Somalia and the January 7-8 U.S. Somalian towns of Afmadow and Ras Kamboni is obscure to most Americans. This makes it easy for the Bush administration to hide its actual intentions behind its ill-defined, illegal, and failing policy known as “the global war on terror.” As usual, the bulk of the U.S. On January 20, several hundred people protested in front of the US consulate in Toronto to demand the immediate withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia. Shukria Dini, an organizer with the Coalition of Concerned Somali Canadians (CCSC), the group that organized the demonstration.

The CCSC emphasizes the illegality of the occupation, which violates the principle of state sovereignty enshrined in the UN Charter, as well as UN Resolution 1725, which forbids neighbouring states from deploying troops to Somalia. The occupation is also a violation of the African Union Charter. Dini emphasizes the gendered impact of the occupation, citing reports of Ethiopian soldiers raping women in Somali towns and villages. To understand the current crisis in the Horn of Africa you have to look at the role of the US and its “war on terror” — or the “long war” as US rulers are coming to call it. This war is no more about terrorism than previous “humanitarian” interventions were about helping local populations. There are three important things about Africa for the US. Firstly there are natural resources, notably oil. January 13, 2007 — Over the last four decades thousands of Oromos who fled from successive repressive regimes in Ethiopia have sought refugee in Somalia. Some of them have settled successfully among the Somalia population and many others continue to live in refugee camps.

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