Monthly Archives: March 2011

Al-Shabab Defectors or Impostors?

Yesterday the TFG brought before the media 9 children that it claimed had defected from Al-Shabab. They claimed that all the children were under 15 (apparently, the TFG is OK with children above 15 being used as fighters, since they … Continue reading

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Can Al-Shabab Go in 90 Days?

The Prime Minister of the TFG, Mr. Mohamed Abdulahi declared yesterday on the government radio that the Government would “finish off” Al-Shabab in 90 days. This is reminiscent of the PM’s declaration about four months ago that the TFG would … Continue reading

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The Hit Man That Went Rogue

At the beginning of this month Al-Shabab executed two men at Maslah in Suqa Holaha neighborhood in North Mogadishu. The two men were Abdullahi Haji who was alleged to have been a spy for the TFG, and Abdinasir Hussein (better … Continue reading

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Can the TFG Hold the Jubba Areas?

The TFG has been on the offensive in the past two weeks, both in Mogadishu and the border regions. In Mogadishu, AMISOM advanced by a Kilometer to the North of Jalle Siyad Military Academy, taking a narrow stretch of road … Continue reading

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Indoctrinating Children

Every Friday at 10 am on Shabab’s Mogadishu-based Radio Quran, a children’s program is on the air. The children of mixed gender- aged between 4 and 10- are told a story, given a question to answer (mostly about religious issues), … Continue reading

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