Category: Horn News

U.S. suspends aid to Somalia’s battered military over graft

The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the military as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month. African Union (AU) troops landed in Mogadishu a decade ago to fight al Shabaab Islamist militants and Somali forces are supposed to eventually take over their duties. But the United States, which also funds the 22,000-strong peacekeeping force, has grown frustrated that successive governments have failed to build a viable national army. Diplomats worry that without strong Somali forces, al Shabaab could be reinvigorated, destabilize the region and offer a safe haven to other al Qaeda-linked militants or Islamic State fighters. The U.S. suspension of aid came after the Somali military repeatedly failed to account for food and fuel, according to private correspondence between the U.S. and Somali governments seen by Reuters. “During recent discussions between the United States and the Federal Government of Somalia, both sides agreed that the Somali National Army had failed to meet the standards for accountability for U.S. assistance,” a State Department official told Reuters last week, on condition of anonymity. “We are adjusting U.S. assistance to SNA units, with the exception of units receiving some form of mentorship, to ensure that U.S. assistance is being used effectively and for its intended purpose,” the official said. The U.S. suspension comes at a sensitive time....

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Ethiopian government blocks Social Media access

Reports reaching us from Addis Ababa confirm that the TPLF led regime blocked access to Twitter, Facebook and other social media, amid an uptick in ethnic clashes. Oromo authorities and other local Ethiopian independent news reports say between six and 18 people were killed by security forces on Monday in the Oromia region and that a dozen more were injured. The violence was reported to be most intense in the eastern town of Chelenko, near the volatile border between the Ogaden and Oromia regions, home to two of the country’s largest ethnic groups. The United States on Wednesday said it was “troubled and saddened” by clashes in Ethiopia that local reports said has left at least 18 people dead. Two students were also reported killed on Sunday in separate clashes at the Wollega University campus in Oromia, while another person was reported killed at Adigrat University in Ethiopia’s...

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Ethiopian Students staged protest

Hundreds of Ethiopian Students staged a massive protest against the dictatorial regime of Ethiopian government. The protest took place in may parts of the country, specially Oromo and Amhara regions.  ...

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Egyptian water minister: Nile is vital to us, but we cannot stop Ethiopian dam

CAIRO: Egypt has “many alternatives” to deal with the stalled technical negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with Ethiopia and Sudan, Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati has said. “We have many alternatives in between the two impossible alternatives; to dispense with the Nile water and not to build the dams altogether,” he said. There are other ways to negotiate, and Egypt has started many of these ways, but they cannot be declared,” the Egyptian minister said on Saturday during a visit to the northern governorate of Dakahlia. The minister said that Egypt could not prevent the construction of the dam, but it also could not afford any substantial deficiency in its historical share of water. “We have to admit that the dam is damaging to Egypt. We are currently working on making this damage, which will lower Egypt’s share of water, not serious. We will not allow this to happen.” Abdel Ati said that the Nile is not just a water resource, echoing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s statements that the Nile for Egypt is a matter of life or death. “We are a desert country and we rely on 97 percent of water from outside the border, both in terms of the share of the Nile and the groundwater shared by Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Chad,” he said. “The rate of...

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Heavy casualties reported among Ethiopia forces in Afar region

The Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) forces have carried out heavy attacks against Ethiopian troops in the Afar region. Heavy casualties, including deaths and injuries, were inflicted on enemy Ethiopian troops in the attacks, the ARDFUF statement said. On 9 December 2017, Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) fighters carried out nocturnal attacks on enemy Ethiopian army bases in various part of Afar region. A statement from ARDUF spokesperson said that they had killed 17 senior officers and soldiers in the fight, as well as large number of Ethiopian soldiers were wounded in the attack. ARDUF forces have...

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OGADEN: Ethiopia’s Hidden Shame

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