Monthly Archives: September 2012

“On the Orders of the top [Shabab] leadership”, the Shabab Withdraw from Kismayo

I wrote last night (EAT) that holding Kismayo was more important to the clan allies of the Shabab than it was to the group itself – which has been favouring withdrawing in the face of an attack by more numerous … Continue reading

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Kismayo Hasn’t Fallen Yet; Even If It Had, It Wouldn’t Be the End of the Shabab

In the early hours of the morning today, reportedly mostly Somali forces – according to Somali sites – were dropped by Kenyan landing ships on the beaches on the outskirts of Kismayo, the southern Somali port city that is the … Continue reading

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About the War for Kismayo

Tonight the Shabab spokesman, Sheikh Ali Mohamud, spoke through the group’s official radio Al-Andalus, saying that Kismayo will not be given up without a “bloody” battle. The war for Kismayo has been fought mostly on the airwaves for the past … Continue reading

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Election in Mogadishu and No Attack

Tonight was a historic night in Somalia: presidential elections were held in Mogadishu for the first time in more than 40 years. But there is something else that is also very important because it did not happen: there were no … Continue reading

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