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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Swiss police raid mosque, detain 8, after Ethiopian imam allegedly ordered killing of Muslims | Toronto Star

In a public sermon on Oct. 21, the Ethiopian imam allegedly called for the killing and denunciation of Muslims who refused to participate in prayers at the mosque.

Due to recent extremist attacks in Europe, Swiss authorities have been stepping up controls and surveillance.
Due to recent extremist attacks in Europe, Swiss authorities have been stepping up controls and surveillance.  (WALTER BIERI / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)  
GENEVA—Swiss police raided a mosque in a northern city on Wednesday, detaining eight people including an Ethiopian imam who allegedly called for the killing of Muslims who refused to participate in prayers, the state prosecutor’s office said.
Police searched the An Nur mosque in Winterthur and the apartments of three people as part of the morning operation, according to a statement from the regional prosecutor’s office in nearby Zurich.
In a public sermon on Oct. 21, the Ethiopian imam allegedly called for the killing and denunciation of Muslims who refuse to participate in common prayers at the mosque, the statement said. Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation centring on the imam and three others.
In a separate statement, Zurich police said another four men aged 23 to 35 from countries including Algeria and Tunisia were also detained. They were inside the mosque at the time of the raid, and were believed to be illegally in Switzerland, said Corinne Bouvard, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office. They weren’t believed to be connected to the imam and three others, whose nationalities weren’t identified, she said.
Bouvard also said prosecutors so far have turned up “no connection” to any possible international extremist groups. Earlier Wednesday, Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger reported that investigators were focusing on the mosque’s new preacher, who it said was from Somalia — not Ethiopia. The report also said some young men who were once regulars at the mosque had later left to join the Daesh group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
In the wake of extremist attacks in Europe in recent years, Swiss authorities have been stepping up controls and surveillance of suspected militants who could cause violence.
The Swiss intelligence service estimates that 77 people “motivated by jihad” have left Switzerland to travel to conflict zones since 2001, more than four in five of them to Iraq and Syria. The service says 21 of them are believed to be dead, while others are still active in the conflict regions or have returned to Switzerland.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ISIS kills Christians from Ethiopia for refusing to convert to Islam sad !

Islamic State (ISIS) released a horrifying clip of the mass execution as they continue to wage war on those who do not follow their sick ideals. 
Ethiopian Christians can be seen dressed in orange jumpsuits with dozens of masked terrorists standing behind them.
The 29-minute video shows the jihadis separate the Christians into two groups on a beach in Libya.
In distressing scenes one group is then shot and the other beheaded.
The terrorists describe the men as “followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church”.
ISIS claim the men did not pay a compulsory religious tax and were left with one option – to convert.
The slickly-edited video then shows scenes of cities under the control of ISIS including Ninevah and Mosul in Iraq
The footage shows churches in both cities being blown up as ISIS continues to destroy scores of religious buildings.
A group of Coptic Christians were also murdered on a beach in Libya in February.
ISIS has forced hundreds of thousands of Christians to flee from their homes in Iraq, Libya and Syria.
Those who remain are face abduction, torture and execution if they refuse to convert.
Concerns have been raised Christianity could be wiped out in the Middle East as Islamic extremism continues its rampage.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Explosion creates hole in Somali plane mid-air

Cell Phone Video Captures Terrifying Flight After Blast Rips Hole In Plane

Authorities have not been able to confirm the cause of the explosion.

 02/03/2016 04:10 pm ET

Cell phone footage taken inside a passenger plane over Somalia on Tuesday shows a large hole that a mid-flight explosion left on the side of the jet. 
The explosion took place shortly after the plane, operated by Somali-owned Daallo Airlines, took off from the capital city of Mogadishu. It was flying at around 11,000 feet and headed to neighboring Djibouti, The Associated Press reported. 
Awale Kullane, Somalia's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, was on the plane and used his cell phone to capture the aftermath of the blast. "I heard a big bang, so, and the smoke erupted so we couldn't see anything for a few seconds, so it was a bit scary," Kullane told the AP.
Somali authorities have opened an investigation into the cause of the explosion, and noted that there has been a lot of "conflicting information" about what happened. 
A Daallo Airlines spokesperson said there had been a fire on the flight. The plane's Serbian pilot, Vlatko Vodopivec, said he believed there had been a bomb on board. Anonymous U.S. government sources told Reuters they also thought the blast was the result of a bomb, but noted they had no firm forensic evidence. No group has claimed responsibility for placing a bomb on the jet.

An explosion on a plane heading from Somalia to Djibouti on Tuesday punctured a hole on the plane's side, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.

Daallo Airlines said after the incident that the plane was carrying 74 passengers and crew members. In a press release on Wednesday, the airline said one passenger was missing, and that two people had been taken to the hospital for minor injuries. 
An officer at Mogadishu International Airport told Reuters that a man apparently had fallen out of the plane following the blast. Residents of the nearby town of Balad discovered a body of a man on Tuesday, but officials cautioned they had not linked the body to the missing passenger. 

Authorities have not been able to confirm the cause of the blast.

Kullane said he started filming after things had "settled down" on the plane. His footage shows some passengers moving toward the back of the plane as emergency oxygen masks dangle from the ceiling.
The ambassador told the AP he saw a "chunk of small area of the plane missing, and that air was floating in and out."
Photos of the airplane's exterior taken after its emergency landing in Mogadishu show the hole on the right side of the plane, near the wing.

Monday, January 18, 2016

kenya:Behind al-Shabaab’s attack on Kenyan base: American warnings, Saudi shisha – World News | Somalia news|Mareeg

dead soldiers
Bodies of dead Kenyan soldiers displayed by alshabab in El ade or ceel cade
martinplautIt began with a suicide blast at the gates of the African Union’s AMISOM base outside the southern Somali town of el-Ade.

A fierce battle ensued, at the end of which some 60 Kenyan troops were dead; some of their bodies had been reportedly dragged through the town and al-Shabaab left with stockpiles of captured weapons, ammunition and some 28 vehicles.

That much is widely reported.

Explaining the attack journalists have pointed to:

the recent setbacks al-Shabaab have suffered and their loss of the port of Kismayo,a meeting of Somali politicians to discuss elections scheduled for later this year,the recent splits inside and defections from al-Shabaab over whether to remain affiliated to al-Qaeda or to shit allegiance to ISIS or ‘Islamic State’.

These factors led to the raid by an estimated 200 militants belonging to Saleh Nabhany Brigade, named after a Kenyan Al Qaeda field operative killed in 2009 by the US drone.

Looking a little deeper…the establishmen of Jubaland

The Kenyan base lies in Jubaland – a buffer state created by the Kenyans along their northern border to protect the country from the ravages of Somalia’s civil war and Islamic movements.

Somalia was forced to recognise Jubaland in September 2013 after nine days of arm-twisting.

The entire sorry saga was witnessed by Nicholas Kay, the UN’s Special Representative in Somalia; welcomed by Catherine Ashton for the European Union and supported by the African Union. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the South African chair of African Union described the agreement as “historic”, declaring that it was “a further illustration of the capacity of the Somalis to triumph over their differences.”

Kenyan ambitions – US warnings

The Kenyan foreign ministry has long seen the establishment of a buffer state along its northern border as vital to its security interests.

Thanks to Wikileaks, we know that Kenya’s Foreign Minister, Moses Wetangula, practically begged the United States for its support when he saw Johnnie Carsons, President Obama’s most senior US Africa official, in January 2010.

The Kenyans were requesting backing for an invasion of Somalia to create Jubaland, but the Americans were far from keen.

As the confidential embassy telex puts it: “Carson tactfully, but categorically refused the Kenyan delegation’s attempts to enlist US Government support for their effort.” It was, said the telex, the third time Wetangula had made the appeal, but Carsons resisted, pointing out – rightly – that “the initiative could backfire.”

Critically, Carsons warned that: “if successful, a Lower Juba entity could emerge as a rival to the TFG” (Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government).

This is exactly what came about.

Enter Sheikh Madobe
The deal officially recognises Ahmed Mohamed Islam (known, like all Somalis by a nickname – ‘Madobe’) as the ‘leader’ of Jubaland. Yet only a month earlier Sheikh Madobe was described in a major UN report as a “spoiler” and one of the chief threats to Somali stability.

The Sheikh was said to be “subverting the efforts of the Federal Government leadership and its partners to extend the reach of Government authority and stabilise the country, particularly in Kismaayo.”

What the Baroness Ashton and her colleagues have done is anoint a man who has been roundly denounced by the Monitoring Group, established by the UN Security Council. Its July report pointed out that the Sheikh had been a member of the short-lived Union of Islamic Courts, which was ousted by Ethiopia during its 2006 invasion of Somalia.

What happened next is interesting.

As the report puts it: “Madobe’s forces returned to Kismayo in August 2008, when Al-Shabaab and Hizbul Islam recaptured the city following the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia.” At this time the Sheikh Madobe was a key player in the al-Qaeda linked network.

But, as is ever the case in Somalia, clan and inter-clan rivalry came into play and the Sheikh fell out with his former allies. He threw in his lot with the African peacekeepers and the Federal Government.

Sheikh Madobe did not cut his ties with al-Sabaab altogether and the UN report accuses him of continuing the export of charcoal from territory controlled by the Islamists – a trade long since outlawed by the UN because of its catastrophic impact on the Somali environment.

The roles of Kenya and Ethiopia

The outcome has been a triumph for Somalia’s neighbours, even though Kenya and Ethiopia will continue to vie for influence in this critical part of the country.

Brushing aside American concerns aside, Kenya sent its troops into Somalia in October 2011. As predicted, they found it very heavy going and it was to take almost a year before al-Shabaab were driven from Kismaayo.

For the Ethiopians, the establishment of Jubaland is a further fragmentation of Somalia, its sworn enemy since the Somalis invaded their country in 1977. It was an attack that is imprinted on Ethiopian memories, fuelling a determination to see the end of a powerful, centralised Somali state.

Sheikh Madobe continues to be Ethiopia’s man in the region, and was warmly welcomed during a visit in December 2015.

Charcoal, shisha pipes, Saudi Arabia and the UAEcharcoal

Behind this tale of international intrigue and terrorism lies a story of ecological devastation.

For decades this area of southern Somalia has provided the Saudis and other Arabs of the Arabian peninsula with charcoal for their shisha pipes. Vast quantities are shipped out annually – devastating the forests of the region, which are now seriously depleted.

According to one official study over 4.3 million trees were cut down in one year.

Al-Shabaab used to make serious sums of money from these exports, and for a while Sheikh Madobe is accused of sharing these revenues with them. But –according to the UN – in 2015 he ended this arrangement.

This is what the report says:

“Evidence collected by the Monitoring Group, however, suggests that the ties between those controlling the trade in Kismayo and elements of Al-Shabaab in Lower and Middle Jubba have been strained over the past year. In January 2015, senior Al-Shabaab officials are reported to have called for the closure of charcoal production sites in Lower and Middle Jubba. In the following months, charcoal producers were arrested by the group, and many of those found carrying charcoal along the major supply routes were executed and their vehicles burned along with their cargo. During that period, suppliers were forced to use smaller minibus-type vehicles and back roads to avoid detection by Al-Shabaab on the major supply routes. Unconfirmed reports indicate that an agreement on the distribution of taxation collected from charcoal at the export sites fell apart when Ahmed “Madobe” withheld Al-Shabaab’s shares of export proceeds early in 2015 in preparation for the formation of the Jubba Regional Assembly in April and May 2015. The withholding of funds due to Al-Shabaab prompted the blockade on charcoal to the city, which may also partly explain the significant expansion of operations in Buur Gaabo.”

And the UN goes on to accuse Jubaland and the African Union force of profiteering from the charcoal trade.

“While the Monitoring Group has received some support from the Federal Government of Somalia in its investigations into the charcoal trade in southern Somalia, no apparent efforts have been made by either the Interim Jubba Administration or local contingents of AMISOM to implement or report on the ban, supporting the Group’s assertion that both continue to be actively engaged in and profiting from the trade….”

When I drew attention to this last night, it was confirmed by a Somali who tweeted this:


The Kenyan troops who are caught up in this complex web of greed, international politics and regional rivalries have paid with their lives. More than sixty of them are now dead and al-Shabaab is once more well armed and dangerous.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

THe fabrication of new Oromo cult !!!!!! Andenet Lehager

THE FICTIONAL HISTORY OF THE OROMO PEOPLE TOLD BY THE DIASPORA OROMO EXTREMIST EXPOSED !!!!!! Please share so all Ethiopians are aware of this fabricated Oromo history initated by the TPLF and accepted by Oromo extremist for the sole purpose of creating division within Ethiopia..The Video you are watching is based on WRITTEN FACTS.not FICTION !!!!!!!

Posted by Andenet Lehager on Friday, January 15, 2016