Erik Prince, the founder of the infamous Blackwater (now Xe) mercenary firm, who according to a former employee “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe.”, is now reportedly involved in a program financed by some Arab nations to train Somali recruits to “fight piracy” in Somalia.
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Somalia, the worst place to go to school:
It came bottom of a table of the world’s 60 poorest countries, just behind Eritrea, Haiti, Comoros, Ethiopia, Chad and Burkina Faso.
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According to this translation by the Islam in Europe Blog, several people have told a newspaper in Denmark that a Danish-Somali man was one of the suicide bombers who recently attacked Mogidishu airport.
Suicide bomber attacks Somali hotel, killing 32:
A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing military uniforms attacked a hotel near Somalia’s presidential palace Monday, sparking a one-hour gun battle with security forces. At least 32 people were killed, including six Somali parliamentarians.
Witnesses described a horrific scene of dead bodies throughout the Muna Hotel and guests scrambling to safety by escaping out of windows.
The multi-pronged assault came less than 24 hours after the country’s most dangerous militant group — al-Shabab, a group allied with al-Qaida — threatened a “massive” war against what it labeled as invaders, a reference to the 6,000 African Union troops in Mogadishu.
Islamist rebels ‘vow jihad on Somalia’s Puntland’:
Islamist militants based in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland will wage a holy war against the administration there until their strict version of sharia law prevails, a rebel commander said late on Tuesday.
Sheikh Mohamed Saiid Atom, who says his fighters are allied to the al Qaeda-inspired al Shabaab insurgents behind this month’s coordinated bomb attack on Uganda’s capital Kampala, urged local residents and businessmen to take up arms.
“We shall never stop fighting Puntland. We are part and parcel of al Shabaab, we are brothers united by Islamic sharia (law),” Sheikh Atom told reporters in the town of Galkayo.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques show its utmost compassion and mercy to their less fortunate ‘brothers’:
Neighboring countries should offer legal residence to Somali workers and asylum-seekers until it is safe to return to Mogadishu, where civilians are often targeted in the fighting between Somali forces and Islamist al Shabaab rebels, it said.
“Given the deadly violence in Mogadishu, UNHCR is urging the Saudi authorities to refrain from future deportations on humanitarian grounds,” Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news briefing.
Somali militant group claims responsibility for Uganda blasts:
A powerful Al Qaeda-affiliated militant faction in Somalia claimed responsibility Monday for two bomb attacks in Uganda’s capital that killed at least 74 people who had gathered to watch a broadcast of Sunday’s World Cup championship game, sparking fears that the country’s long and bloody conflict may spill into neighboring countries.
The twin bombings in Kampala, within minutes of one another, were the first known attacks the group known as Al Shabab, or “The Youth,” has mounted outside Somali borders.
The attacks that tore through a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant as fans watched Spain play the Netherlands were designed to punish Uganda for its part in a United Nations-backed peacekeeping force in Somalia to protect the country’s weak transitional government, a spokesman for the group said.
Al Shabab, Somalia’s most powerful Islamist insurgent group, outlawed school bells in a southern town in April after deciding that they were reminiscent of church bells. Similarly, Hizbul Islam recently warned radio stations to stop playing music or face “serious consequences,” forcing them to introduce their daily programs with an odd assortment of sounds: the roar of an engine, a car horn, animal noises and the sound of water flowing.
Sometimes, these stories seem like they’re too ‘good’ to be true (i.e. propaganda):
Gangs of Islamists are reported to be patrolling the areas they control looking for people watching games.
Dedicated fans are watching matches in secret, or in the few areas controlled by government forces.
On Saturday militants killed two people as they attacked a house where people were watching a game.
Militant group Hizbul-Islam also arrested 10 others at the house north-east of the capital Mogadishu where fans were watching the game between Argentina and Nigeria.
Then again, let’s not pretend these kind of people do not exist.