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Big news from the latest @UN report on #ISIS/#alQaida was ISIS' rebuild strategy and that much of it is being directed by Abu Bakr al-#Baghdadi out of Iraq

But there are a number of other interesting observations in the report...
On #alQaida, the @UN intelligence suggests the group although the health of AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri & AQ's succession plan "are in doubt"
The @UN report also concludes #alQaida-aligned groups "are stronger than their #ISIL [#ISIS] counterparts in #Idlib, #Syria|n Arab Republic, #Yemen, #Somalia and much of West #Africa"
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What did the Somali Revolutionary Government achieve for Somalia? Within three years President Mohamed Siad Barre achieved goals that took the previous government forever to decide on. #Somalia #Mogadishu #Garowe #Hargeisa #Borama ##Kismayo #Burco
President Mohamed Siad Barre put in effect the choice of a script for the national language which is still regarded as the greatest achievement in the Somali history. A massive literacy campaign titled Bar ama Baro Teach or Learn was put in place. #Somalia #Mogadishu
Bar ama Baro campaign where a large amount civil servants numbering up to 40,000 students were sent to the countryside to educate the nomads in literacy and by 1977 more than 70% of the Somali population had passed literacy tests. #Somalia #Mogadishu #Kismayo #Hargeisa
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#Breaking: Just in - Reports of some big explosions followed by multiple gunshots heard in #Mogadishu in #Somalia.
#Update: Just in - One Massive explosion was heard near the presidential palace in #Mogadishu in #Somalia. Video of Smoke of the explosion seen rising from scene, unconfirmed that gunshots were heard.
#Update: Some pictures of the big alleged car bomb explosion what was reported near the presidential palace in #Mogadishu in #Somalia.
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#Breaking: Huge explosion around Wehelie hotel in the downtown of #Mogadishu just few minutes ago in #Somalia.
#Update: Just in - Video of the Huge explosion around Wehelie hotel in the downtown of #Mogadishu just few minutes ago in #Somalia.
#Breaking: Update - At least 10 people mostly civilians are reportedly dead several other people injured when a car with explosive devices parked outside a popular restaurant and Wehelie hotel in #Mogadishu exploded in #Somalia.
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THREAD: Reading through reports of the human rights abuses that happened in 2007 Ethiopia Invasion of #Somalia still shocks me. Here residents recount the intentional shootings, summary executions of civilians, indiscriminate bombardments of civilian areas & medical facilities.
A witness recounts to @hrw the rounding up of relatives from their homes to be executed by Ethiopian soldiers

And another witness, a mother of 2 retelling of the tragedy of losing her entire family & relatives from a rocket landing on her house. These weren't isolated incidents!
Reports show that almost 400 civilians were killed in the first round of shelling. The excuse given for the #Ethiopian military indiscriminate bombing & shelling of civilian-inhabited neighborhoods was to capture the Stadium/main roads.
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Yesterday General Waldhauser said US #airstrikes won't stop al Shabab in #Somalia. I spent five weeks on the ground investigating the impact of the strikes. Here's what I found:…
Halimo Mohamed Abdi said the blast broke both her hips, left shrapnel embedded in her thigh, and caused terrible burns that cost her both breasts.Before she lost consciousness, she told me, she saw three boys—9, 10, and 16—die in the explosion about 30 miles outside #Mogadishu.
Abdi, like many Somali herders, doesn’t follow the Western calendar, so she’s unsure of the exact date of the strike. But she says it was about two weeks before Eid al-Fitr, which began on the evening of June 14 last year.
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1/ #AMISOM gets its first #Ethiopian🇪🇹 Force Commander. The last time Ethiopia offered to play this role in 2016, the proposed deal fell through...
2/ In early 2016, #Ethiopia🇪🇹 proposed taking the #AMISOM FC position if it could deploy an additional 1,000 troops into AMISOM & deploy a contingent to #Mogadishu. This was rejected in favor of a #Djibouti🇩🇯 FC. See p.201…
3/ It's an interesting time for an #Ethiopian🇪🇹 #AMISOM FC given recent events around #Baidoa w the detention of #Robow involving #ENDF troops; the #AlShabaab ambush of ENDF convoys; & ongoing unilateral ENDF helicopter operations.
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Every day their news is filled with stories about protest, terrorism, crime, trolling gov't officials, Qatar, travels made by president and PM and clan clashes.
News is about things that happen, not things that don’t happen. 
In this thrd i will talk about what i call FAKE NEWS.
Most of the #Somali journalists or those who were employed to talk about #Somalia focus on stories about war as if they are "war correspondents". They will rather talk about protest or small explosion than developments in the country.
Some journalists are making things worse, they can make it better.
There are many good journalists working today for good quality media. But they're trapped in an agenda of politics, fear, crisis, scandal and corruption. They are giving us a wrong picture of our country. So Sad.
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LIVE THREAD: on Current Political Development in #Somalia. Here is my analysis on what's happening now at the federal parliament. First some background. Deputy speaker Muudey dismissed the Parliamentary Oversight Committee last week for publishing a damning report against MoF
The report accused corruption & misappropriation for Minister of Finance Mr. Beyle. The Admin reacted by bribing several MP's in the Committee with $10k each, in addition to dismissing the committee while Speaker Mursal was away for a personal leave in Turkey.
Upon returning, Mursal wasn't happy with the infringement of the Admin in the Parliament. So, he wrote a letter yesterday reinstating the Committee & calling Muudey's move not only baseless but out of the legal bounds.
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Mr. RONDOS was implicated in corruption scandal for his role as advisor to former socialist PM of Greek, George Papandreou, in April this year by authorities. This was widely reported by Greek media. #Somalia #Mogadishu
RONDOS' support for Farmajo Administration is credited to the greatest fraudster Mr. Abdisaid M. ALI, the current National Security Advisor to the President. Ali served briefly for EU mission in Somalia as a low-key consultant.
"Alexander Rondos is a citizen of Greece born in 1954 in the Sultanate of Zanzibar (Tanzania). He studied in the UK, was a correspondent for the British magazine West Africa Magazine, and then worked for Catholic Relief Services, an American Catholic NGO."
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Cross-referencing @mjranum's recent post about using Google Maps to identify CIA "Black" sites in Djibouti, with the #Strava heat-map, appears to offer corroboration…
Also there are more drones on the (but older?) DigitalGlobe/Mapbox imagery (Strava) imagery of Chabelly airport, than the (more recent?) equivalent GoogleMaps:…
Seems like this is the exercise ground:
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