If anyone of us believes that the African soldiers “Peacekeepers” come to Somalia or elsewhere in Africa for “mercy” missions, we better think twice. The following is what the Chief of Staff of Uganda told his soldiers when they were under training to go to Somalia. This is probably part of the statement of the Ugandan Chief of Staff that could be made public. However, it is enough information on their miss-behaviour during their mission abroad.
If Somalia Is a Success, What Does Failure Look Like?
President Obama laid out a strategy for "degrading and destroying" the Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday night. He called for targeted airstrikes, training local security forces, and more intelligence. Interestingly, he said, "This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us while supporting partners on the front lines is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years." The analogy with Somalia is troubling because it suggests the Obama administration is committed to endless military strikes with no political strategy.
How one Twin Cities group is fighting radicalization of Muslim youths
Seven years ago, 12 Somali friends from the Twin Cities came together to talk — to have a conversation about how to save some of their troubled peers from falling into a sea of radicalization and gang violence.
Minneapolis-St. Paul 1 site of anti-terror program
The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to detect American extremists who are looking to join terror organizations overseas, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday.
Over 130,000 people displaced in Somalia so far this year as IDPs bear brunt of food insecurity crisis
Forced displacement within Somalia and across its borders shows no signs of easing, as forced evictions, drought, conflict and lack of livelihoods have forced over 130,000 people from their homes since the start of the year. The vast majority – some 107,000 – are internally displaced in Somalia; a total of 23,000 newly arrived Somali refugees have registered in Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia during the first eight months of the year.
Holder unveils program to counter recruiting by extremist groups
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced a Justice Department program to try to thwart recruitment by extremist groups such as ISIS, attempting to involve social and mental health workers as well as religious leaders and police to spot radicalization early.
In Sweden, the Social Democrats defeated the center-right government, winning 31.2 percent of the votes in the general elections Sunday. The anti-immigration party, Sweden Democrats, more than doubled their votes to 12.9 percent and became the third party in the elections.
Ugandan police said Sunday that suspected Islamist Shabaab insurgents arrested in weekend raids had planned to carry out bomb attacks, as the U.S. embassy said the immediate threat had been “countered.”