Category Archives: Somalia

A Former Somali Insurgent Speaks Out

by DAVID AXE U.S.-backed government troops are on the move in Mogadishu, bolstered by an expanded African Union peacekeeping force. Insurgent terror group Al Shabab is losing ground. With Somalia’s 20-year-long civil war entering a new phase, I spoke to … Continue reading

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Expert: “We’re Not Getting Anywhere” with Somali Pirates

Nineteen years after the collapse of the Somali government, a decade since impoverished Somali fishermen began arming themselves to ward off foreign fishing vessels and around two years since NATO, the E.U. and the U.S. Navy all formed counter-piracy forces for the Indian Ocean, sea banditry off the Somali coast continues unabated. By some measures, the problem has grown worse, with more pirates striking farther from the Somali coast — as far north as the Indian coast — and taking more hostages and holding them longer. To gain a sense of the progress, or lack thereof, of the international “war on piracy,” Offiziere.ch spoke to Dr. Martin Murphy, a Virginia-based piracy expert and author of the forthcoming book Somalia, the New Barbary? Continue reading

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Wikileaks – Cablegate

ATTENTION READERS FROM THE USA: in this article, some links refer directly to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. Reading the article below have no consequences to you, but clicking a link and reading the diplomatic cable itself could maybe endanger … Continue reading

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Spies Posing as Reporters, Threaten Journalism

“Who are you, really?” the fat Australian expatriate said. It was April 2007, at a bar in Dili, the capital of East Timor. I had just arrived, with the intention of reporting on the Australian and New Zealand peacekeeping force … Continue reading

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Mogadishu Battle Draws in Foreign Powers

In early May, insurgent fighters from the hard-line Al-Shabab Islamic group, pictured, launched a major offensive in Mogadishu, aimed at overthrowing the new, U.S.- and U.N.-backed coalition government of moderate Islamist Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. As tens of thousands of refugees … Continue reading

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Fresh Fighting Deepens Somali Islamist Schism

Last week, fighters from the hardline Islamic group, Al Shabab, attacked Mogadishu from their bases in southern Somalia. The resulting fighting, pitting Al Shabab versus the newly expanded, U.S.- and U.N.-backed Transitional Federal Government, has deepened the divide between two … Continue reading

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Pirates of Somalia

Ende letzten Jahres plapperte Bundespräsident Pascal Couchepin in der Sonntagszeitung die Absicht des Bundesrates aus, die Schweizer Armee zum Schutz der Schweizer Hochseeflotte an der Operation Atalanta der EU zu beteiligen. Wir haben uns schon ausgiebig mit diesem Thema im … Continue reading

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Somalia Falls to Islamists … Again

Two years after U.S. and Ethiopian forces invaded Somalia and deposed the ruling Islamic Courts regime, Islamists now are back in control of the East African country. Islamists’ reconquest of Somalia represents the failure of the Bush Administration’s “proxy” strategy … Continue reading

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Nachschlag 17: Saboteure und Piraten

Da haben wir ja noch einmal Glück gehabt, dass Israel “nur” den Gaza-Streifen angegriffen hat und nicht den Iran. Gemäss der New York Times lehnte der noch-Präsident George W. Bush im letzten Jahr ein Ersuchen Israels zum Einsatz US-amerikanischer Bunker … Continue reading

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Operation Atalanta: Schweiz vs Hochseepiraterie

Eigentlich ist der Einsatz schon beinahe beschlossene Sache: der Bundesrat will die Schweizer Hochseeflotte unter den Schutz der EU stellen und im Gegenzug stellt die Schweiz im Rahmen der Operation Atalanta Spezialkräfte, höchstwahrscheinlich aus dem Armee-Aufklärungsdetachements 10 (AAD 10) für … Continue reading

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