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Somalia expels Kenyan envoy in latest row between neighbours
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia ordered the expulsion of Kenya’s ambassador after accusing neighbouring Kenya of interfering in the electoral process in Jubbaland, one of Somalia’s five semi-autonomous states, the latest dispute between the two countries. Somalia also recalled its ambassador from Nairobi. The statement did not elaborate on the interference or the agreement the Jubbaland president had reneged on. Last year, Kenya recalled its ambassador after Mogadishu decided to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of a maritime territorial dispute. Early on Monday, the militants attacked an army base in central Somalia, Major Nur Mohamud, told Reuters, adding that five soldiers had been killed.
Persons: Jubbaland, Cyrus Oguna, Nur Mohamud Organizations: Reuters, Kenyan, Somali Foreign Ministry, Facebook, African Locations: MOGADISHU, Somalia, Kenya, Jubbaland, Nairobi, , Mogadishu, African Union, al Qaeda
Somalia expels Kenyan ambassador over 'interference'
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Abdi Sheikh | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia expelled Kenya’s ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Nairobi after accusing its neighbour of interfering in the electoral process in Jubbaland, one of Somalia’s five semi-autonomous states. Somalia did not go into further details on the alleged interference, while Kenya denied any wrongdoing and dismissed what it called “unsubstantiated allegations”. Kenya’s foreign ministry said on Monday it had not received any official communication from Somalia about the expulsion of its ambassador. In February last year, Kenya recalled its ambassador after Mogadishu decided to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of their maritime rights dispute. Early on Monday, militants attacked an army base in central Somalia and killed five soldiers, Major Nur Mohamud of the Somali army said.
Persons: Jubbaland, , al, Major Nur Mohamud Organizations: Reuters, Kenya’s, Kenya, Kenyan, Facebook Locations: MOGADISHU, Somalia, Nairobi, Jubbaland, Mogadishu, Kenya, Kismayo, Somali, African Union, al Qaeda
War not over, says Ethiopia's Tigrayan forces leader
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. The war in Tigray region has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, impacted a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and heightened frictions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he said. Debretsion added that his soldiers had captured some Eritreans fighting alongside the Ethiopian federal forces. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray region have been largely down and access tightly controlled since the war began on Nov. 4.
Persons: Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, , Debretsion, Billene Seyoum, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Reuters, Federal Locations: Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Asmara
Ethiopia's war is not over, says leader of Tigrayan forces
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri“I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message, which the government dismissed as a deluded claim. The war in Tigray region has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, impeded a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and heightened frictions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. Both sides have spoken of hundreds of dead in the Tigray war, and diplomats believe the toll is in the thousands. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountainous terrain and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, Debretsion, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion’s, , TPLF, Ethiopia’s, al Organizations: Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Negeri, Negeri “ I’m, Reuters, Federal, U.S . State Department, Diplomats, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Negeri “, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, al Qaeda
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President, attends the funeral ceremony of Ethiopia's Army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 219. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, affected a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and deepened divisions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message. There was no comment from the Asmara government, though at the start of the war it denied involvement. Both sides have spoken of hundreds of dead in the Tigray war, and diplomats believe the toll is in the thousands.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigray’s, Staff Seare Mekonnen, ” Abiy, , , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, , Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Tigray Regional President, Ethiopia's Army, Staff, REUTERS, Tiksa, American, Reuters, Crisis, U.S . State Department, Diplomats, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, Mekelle, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, al Qaeda
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for their victory over a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. Drones were used to watch the TPLF, but federal forces declined to use rockets in Tigray, Abiy said. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Crisis, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, Ethiopia, al Qaeda, Somalia, Mai
Suicide bomber kills six in Mogadishu ice-cream parlour
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in an ice-cream parlour in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing six people and wounding eight, an official said. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the blast, but the Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in the capital and elsewhere. The group is allied with al Qaeda and wants to rule Somalia according to its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law. The Gelato Divino parlour is located near K4 Junction in the heart of Mogadishu, near the international airport. “A suicide bomber blew up himself in the ice-cream restaurant,” information ministry spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Omar said.
Persons: al, Ismail Mukhtar Omar, Organizations: Reuters Locations: MOGADISHU, Somali, Mogadishu, al Shabaab, Somalia
Eight dead after cyclone hits Somalia's Puntland, spread of locusts feared
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
GAROWE, Somalia (Reuters) - A cyclone that hit parts of Somalia this week killed eight people and displaced thousands, flooded farmlands and could worsen a locust plague, an official and United Nations agencies said. Eight Yemeni fishermen had been killed by the cyclone, Mohamed Yusuf Boli, commissioner for the coastal district of Hafun told Reuters. In addition to the deaths, UNOCHA said the cyclone had displaced 42,000 people from their homes. “The cyclone has disrupted livelihoods by destroying fishing gear, killing livestock, and flooding agricultural land and crops.” the agency said in a report. The effect of the cyclone could also be to let the swarms to move south east to Ogaden region and lay eggs there too, the FAO said.
Persons: Gati, Mohamed Yusuf Boli, Boli, UNOCHA Organizations: Reuters, United Nations, Humanitarian Affairs, Agriculture Organization, FAO Locations: GAROWE, Somalia, Puntland, Hafun, Food, Jigjiga, Ethiopia, Ogaden, East Africa
NAIROBI/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s political slogan is “medemer” - or “coming together”. But some analysts say reforms meant to unify Ethiopia have inflamed simmering ethnic and political divisions and risk unravelling Africa’s second most populous nation. The TPLF frames the conflict as a battle for the rights of Ethiopia’s 10 regions against a premier bent on centralising power. They say Abiy has discriminated against Tigrayans since he came to power and have referred to his rule as an “illegal, unitarist and personalistic dictatorship”. The TPLF has fired missiles at its capital Asmara and says Eritrea is now fighting alongside Ethiopian troops in Tigray, which Ethiopia denies.
Persons: Abiy, unravelling, Abiy Ahmed Ali, NTB Scanpix, Hakon Mosvold Larsen, , militants.Leenco Lata, he’s, Tigrayan, Zemelak, TPLF, , Isaias Afwerki, Billene, Alex de Waal Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tigrayans, African Union, Western, Addis Ababa University, Reuters, Tufts University, Federation Locations: NAIROBI, ISTANBUL, Ethiopia, Oslo City Hall, Norway, Tigray, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, North Korea, Abiy, Asmara, TPLF, Dansha
Some 42,000 refugees have fled over the border to Sudan and TPLF rockets have hit neighbouring Eritrea. Tigrayan forces have fired rockets at the airport of Eritrea’s capital Asmara, while Ethiopian soldiers have been pulled from peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan. The U.N. mission in South Sudan said it was aware of the three soldiers’ repatriation. Although Ethiopia is ultimately responsible for the conduct and movement of its 2,000 troops in South Sudan, the statement said, discrimination due to ethnicity could violate international law. Ethiopia has described the Tigray fighting as an internal law enforcement matter.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Joe Biden’s, Jake Sullivan, “ I’m, al, ” Billene Seyoum, Mai Kadra, Tigrayans, of Sheba, Grant Harris Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Maxar Technologies, Union, United Nations Security, Ethiopian, Covenant, National Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Kassala state, Mekelle, Eritrea, Amhara, Dansha, Adwa, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Addis Ababa, Africa, Eritrea’s, Asmara, Somalia, South Sudan, al Qaeda, Ethiopia’s, Mai, Axum, Barack Obama’s
CIA Officer Is Killed in Fighting in Somalia
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Warren P. Strobel | Nancy A. Youssef | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON—A CIA officer was killed recently in combat in Somalia, according to current and former U.S. officials, his death coming as the Trump administration debates a plan to move hundreds of troops out of the country and reposition them in neighboring countries. The officer was a longtime member of the Central Intelligence Agency’s paramilitary division, the Special Activities Center, one of the officials said. His name and the circumstances of his death couldn’t be learned. Nor was it known precisely when the officer...
Persons: WASHINGTON, Trump, couldn’t Organizations: CIA, Central Intelligence Agency’s Locations: Somalia
UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states - document
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Alexander Cornwell | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park. FILE PHOTO: The skyline including the Burj Khalifa tower is seen as ships dock at Port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 26, 2013. The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 countries that also included Somalia, Libya and Yemen until further notice. A diplomat commented that the UAE had strained relations with some of the states listed, such as Turkey. Last week, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the UAE had stopped processing new visas for its citizens and those of some other countries, but that those already holding valid visas were not affected and could still enter the UAE.
Persons: Ahmed Jadallah Organizations: Reuters, United Arab, United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Federal Authority, Identity, Embassy, Islamic State Locations: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burj Khalifa, Port Rashid, Dubai, United Arab, UAE, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Algeria, Kenya, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Israel
EU says Ethiopia fighting destabilising region, urges ceasefire
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Fighting between Ethiopia’s military and regional forces from the northern Tigray region is seriously destabilising the East African region and hostilities should halt, the European Union foreign policy chief said. Ethiopia has described the fighting as an internal law enforcement matter, a position Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reiterated in a statement on Wednesday. Tigrayans forces have fired rockets at the neighbouring country of Eritrea, and Ethiopian soldiers have been pulled from peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan. In Somalia, Ethiopia has disarmed several hundred Tigrayans in an African Union peacekeeping force fighting al Qaeda-linked militants. Three soldiers of Tigrayan ethnicity were also sent home from a U.N. peacekeeping force in South Sudan, a diplomatic and security source told Reuters.
Persons: , ” Josep Borrell, Abiy Ahmed, , al, Billene Organizations: European Union, African Union peacekeeping, Reuters Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, al Qaeda, Ethiopia’s
Ethiopia war destabilising east Africa, warns EU
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
A 72-hour government deadline for Tigray forces to surrender is due to expire on Wednesday evening. Tigrayans forces have fired rockets at the neighbouring country of Eritrea, and Ethiopian soldiers have been pulled from peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan. The U.N. mission in South Sudan said it was aware of the three soldiers’ repatriation, and that its human rights division was following up. Although Ethiopia is ultimately responsible for the conduct and movement of the roughly 2,000 troops it had in South Sudan, the statement said, discrimination due to ethnicity could violate international law. Long lines of cars were forming in front of gas stations in Mekelle, the Tigray regional capital, according to satellite images taken on Nov. 23 and provided to Reuters by Maxar Technologies.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, , ” Josep Borrell, Abiy Ahmed, , Borrel, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, al, UNMISS, ” Billene Organizations: European Union, REUTERS, African Union, United Nations Security, Reuters, Maxar Technologies Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Horn, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kassala state, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Addis Ababa, Niger, Tunisia, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, al Qaeda, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, Axum
Ethiopia says foes surrendering, Tigray forces report battle win
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
FILE PHOTO: Tents belonging to Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, are seen at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File PhotoHundreds have died, more than 41,000 refugees have fled to Sudan, and there has been widespread destruction and uprooting of people from homes in the northern Tigray region. “Using the government’s 72-hour period, a large number of Tigray militia and special forces are surrendering,” a government taskforce said. The U.N. Security Council was to hold informal talks later on Tuesday over Tigray, according to a U.N. source and an email. MYRIAD ETHNIC GROUPSHis predecessor, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, criticised international mediation efforts by “well-intentioned outsiders” in a piece for Foreign Policy magazine.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, al, Abiy Ahmed’s, , Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Abiy, Hailemariam Desalegn, , Debretsion Gebremichael, Michelle Bachelet Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Washington, African Union, . Security, Policy Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, Raya, United States, France, Britain, Paris, London, Amhara, Geneva,
The commission accused local forces of colluding in the “massacre”. The war has spread to Eritrea, where the Tigrayans have fired rockets, and also affected Somalia where Ethiopia has disarmed several hundred Tigrayans in a peacekeeping force fighting al Qaeda-linked militants. ‘TRAGIC CONFLICT’The battle-hardened TPLF, which had ruled the region of more than 5 million people, gave a different version, saying their troops were keeping federal forces at bay and scoring victories. Abiy, whose parents are from the larger Oromo and Amhara groups, denies any ethnic overtones to his offensive, saying he is pursuing criminals who ambushed federal forces. On the other side you have had the TPLF leadership say they are ready to die,” said Michelle Bachelet.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed’s, al, Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, Hailemariam Desalegn, , , Michelle Bachelet Organizations: REUTERS, Human Rights, Amnesty, Reuters, Washington, African Union, . Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mai Kadra, Amhara, colluding, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, Raya, United States, France, Britain, Paris, London, Geneva,
Ethiopia's Tigray forces claim battle win, global alarm grows
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tigrayan forces said on Tuesday they had destroyed an Ethiopian army division in battles to control the northern region where a three-week-old war has killed hundreds and spread global alarm. FILE PHOTO: Tents belonging to Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, are seen at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. But the battle-hardened TPLF say their troops are keeping the federal army at bay and scoring some big victories. He has given Tigrayan forces until Wednesday to surrender or face an assault on the highland city of Mekelle, home to about half a million people. The TPLF says he wants to subdue Tigray to amass more personal power.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, al, ” Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Mekelle, Tigray TV, Reuters, African Union, U.S, Citizens Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Raya, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, United States, U.S, Eritrea’s, Asmara, France, Amhara
Sales kickoffs can be an incredible tool or they can fall incredibly flat when it comes to engaging sales teams— especially when teams are working from home. On December 10, 2020, Salesforce will host a free digital event to discuss how to plan an inspiring sales kickoff. Registration for "5 Must-Haves for the Ultimate Sales Kickoff" is now open — register below. Register now to hear how to plan the ultimate virtual sales kickoff event. But not all sales kickoffs are effective and it can be even more challenging to inspire sales teams remotely.
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Human rights groups and progressives have expressed concern about President-elect Joe Biden's pick for director of national intelligence, Avril Haines. But human rights groups and progressives have expressed concern about his choice for director of national intelligence (DNI), Avril Haines. Haines, a former deputy CIA director who would be the first woman to serve as the top US spy chief if confirmed, played a central role in crafting the legal framework surrounding the Obama administration's controversial, secretive drone war. The Obama administration faced heavy criticism from human rights groups and progressives over civilian casualties linked to the drone strikes. She recommended Gina Haspel for CIA director, though Haspel has been implicated in the agency's use of torture.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Avril Haines, Haines, Obama, David Segal, Joe Biden, Andrea J, Prasow, collegiality, I've, Barack Obama's, George W, Bush, Gina Haspel, Haspel, Gina Haspel —, Segal, Daniel J, Jones, Biden, Emma Vigeland, Vigeland, Avril, Trump Organizations: Intelligence, Newsweek, Human Rights, New York Times, Investigative Journalism, Bureau, CIA, Democratic Party, Trump, Biden Administration, National Intelligence, Biden Locations: Haines, Washington, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen
World Bank warns G20 against doing too little to tackle debt problems
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund - World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2018. “Debt reduction and transparency will enable productive investment, a key to achieving an earlier, stronger and more lasting recovery,” Malpass told G20 leaders during a videoconference meeting. Some countries, including China, have remained reluctant to embrace the need for debt cancellation, although top economists say that will likely be needed in some cases. Private sector creditors have also failed to join in, despite repeated calls by G20 leaders, civil society groups and the United Nations. In Sudan, he said he was hopeful that arrears clearance could move quickly, especially given the inflow of refugees from neighboring Ethiopia, which would allow substantial World Bank funding to begin flowing almost immediately.
Persons: David Malpass, Johannes P, Malpass, ” Malpass, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Bank, International Monetary Fund, REUTERS, Group, United Nations, West Bank, United Locations: Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Latin America, Chad, Angola, Ethiopia, Zambia, China, Somalia, Lebanon, Gaza, Sudan, United States
U.S. Considers Moving Forces Out of Somalia
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Nancy A. Youssef | Michael M. Phillips | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
The Trump administration is considering a plan to pull hundreds of U.S. troops out of Somalia, reposition them in neighboring countries and shift the focus of their mission from training Somali government forces to directly combatting the al-Shabaab militant group. The roughly 700 troops stationed in Somalia would move to bases in Kenya and Djibouti and travel to Somalia to conduct shorter counterterrorism missions, primarily against al-Shabaab, a jihadist group allied with al Qaeda. Mr. Esper favored drawing down U.S. forces operating in the volatile Sahel region of West Africa while maintaining the American presence in Somalia, according to a senior U.S. official. It wasn’t known whether Mr. Miller has formally signed off on the change, but the troops could be moved as soon as early next year, defense officials said. Pentagon officials said that while there are ongoing conversations, “no DoD decisions have been made” about the force posture on the African continent, a spokesman said.
Persons: Trump, Chris Miller, Mark Esper, Esper, Miller Organizations: Pentagon Locations: U.S, Somalia, Shabaab, Kenya, Djibouti, al Qaeda, West Africa
Biden team anxious over escalating war in U.S. ally Ethiopia
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Ethiopia is a federation of states run by separate ethnic groups, and the war pits the central government against one of the most heavily militarised regions. The northern Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) effectively ruled Ethiopia for decades as the strongest force in a multi-ethnic coalition, until Abiy took power two years ago. The country is a major U.S. ally whose soldiers serve in peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Somalia. Tigray civilians in Sudan last week told Reuters that they were targeted by government-affiliated militia because of their ethnicity. He denies any targeting of civilians or ethnic undertones to the Tigray offensive, saying it is a law-and-order operation necessary to maintain unity.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, , Antony Blinken, Abiy Ahmen, Abiy, Biden, Donald Trump’s “, Tigrayan, “ Shire, ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Mai Kadra Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, U.S, Amnesty, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, of Africa, Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Sudan, U.S, South Sudan, Somalia, Africa, Axum, Mekelle, , Mai, Ethiopian, Eritrea
Stop Ethiopia war and help civilians, Biden team urges
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Africa’s second most populous nation with 115 million people, Ethiopia is a federation of 10 states run by separate ethnic groups. Ethiopia is a major U.S. ally whose soldiers serve in peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Somalia. On the ground, the TPLF leader said his soldiers still held the important town of Axum, though they had lost Shire as federal troops aimed for the state capital Mekelle. Survivors told the rights group that militias affiliated to the Tigray government killed scores or even hundreds of civilians. In Somalia, Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Abiy Ahmed, Africa’s, , , Antony Blinken, Biden, Abiy, Mai Kadra, TPLF, Adhanom, Nobel Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Amhara Special Force, Dansha Mechanized, Military, REUTERS, Tiksa, Mekelle, Amnesty International, World Health Organization, WHO Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Danasha, Amhara, Sudan, U.S, South Sudan, Somalia, Africa, Axum, Mai, Mekelle, Ethiopia’s, Eritrea
Ethiopia moves on Tigray capital, denounces WHO boss Tedros
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
The government says the TPLF has turned renegade and is holding power in Tigray illegally. Experts on Ethiopia are sceptical that the government can dislodge the TPLF, which has a long history of guerrilla warfare from mountainous Tigray. “Mr Abiy’s declared war aim is to impose federal control on Tigray,” Ethiopia expert Alex de Waal wrote this week. The TPLF has fired rockets at Eritrea, while Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent in Somalia. In the capital Addis Ababa, there have been blood donations for federal soldiers, but also sadness about Ethiopians fighting each other.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Joe Biden’s, Redwan Hussein, , Abiy, Mulu Nega, Debretsion Gebremichael, Mekelle, Abiy’s, Tedros Adhanom, Birhanu Jula, Bihanu, , Antony Blinken, Mr Abiy’s, Alex de Waal Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Horn of Africa, U.S, Mekelle, Tigrayans, Shire, Axum, Alamata, Amhara, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia moves on Tigray capital, castigates WHO boss Tedros
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Giulia Paravicini | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The government says the TPLF has turned renegade and is holding power in Tigray illegally. Experts on Ethiopia are sceptical that the government can dislodge the TPLF, which has a long history of guerrilla warfare from mountainous Tigray. “Mr Abiy’s declared war aim is to impose federal control on Tigray,” Ethiopia expert Alex de Waal wrote this week. The TPLF has fired rockets at Eritrea, while Ethiopia has removed weapons from ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in its peacekeeping contingent in Somalia. In the capital Addis Ababa, there have been blood donations for federal soldiers, but also sadness about Ethiopians fighting each other.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Joe Biden’s, Redwan Hussein, , Abiy, Mulu Nega, Tigrayans, Abiy’s, Tedros Adhanom, Birhanu Jula, Bihanu, , Antony Blinken, Mr Abiy’s, Alex de Waal Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, World Health Organization, WHO, Meles Academy University, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Horn of Africa, U.S, Tigrayans, Shire, Axum, Alamata, Amhara, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Addis Ababa
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