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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1993
I was at the point of mistakenly accusing President Bush of harboring do-goodish notions of true compassion for the suffering Somalians. Fortunately, your article ("The Oil Factor in Somalia," Jan. 18) helps preserve my mental image of Bush as a true spiritual heir of the pre-dream Ebenezer Scrooge, albeit one with a rudimentary sense of PR. If, in the course of protecting the already-entrenched interests of Conoco, et al., in Somalia, starving Somalians can be fed and something approaching a state of tranquillity can be established, wonderful!
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June 19, 2009 | Edmund Sanders and Lutfi Sheriff Mohammed
Islamic insurgents killed Somalia's top security minister and at least 22 other people Thursday in a suicide car-bomb attack at a hotel frequented by government officials. The attack, which followed the killing a day earlier of Mogadishu's police chief during skirmishes in the capital, was the latest violence in a two-month battle for control of the Horn of Africa nation. Government soldiers are fighting insurgents seeking to install an Islamic state.
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January 4, 1993 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hawa Abdi Diblawe remembers the worst day she had trying to get food supplies to starving refugees at her hospital and camp. Just as a convoy of trucks was leaving the capital's port, a band of militia fighters from one side of Somalia's civil war arrived to steal the valuable supply of grain. Hawa stood up and told them that the food was for starving Somalis and that she was Somali and was ashamed of them for robbing their own people.
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November 23, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
The president of Somalia on Thursday nominated a humanitarian administrator and former police colonel to become the next prime minister of the troubled Horn of Africa nation. Nur Hassan Hussein, who spent much of the last 20 years at the Somali Red Crescent Society, was praised as a neutral and respected leader. But it remained unclear whether his selection by President Abdullahi Yusuf would appease anti-government clans still waging a civil war in Mogadishu, the capital.
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January 19, 1993 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At an intersection in a besieged neighborhood known as the Bermuda Triangle, Marines with M-16s scanned the rooftops for snipers Monday while Navy Lt. Mark Roback stood on a flatbed truck and peered deep into the open mouth of Howa Mohamed. "It's completely bombed out," Roback said, shaking his head. "There's decay all the way through. We'll have to take that tooth out."
WORLD
November 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 60 migrants drowned when their boat capsized off Yemen during an attempt to flee their war-torn homeland of Somalia, a Yemeni security official said. Twenty-five others survived by reaching Redhoum on Yemen's southern shore after their boat went down in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, the security official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. The official said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the accident. The U.N.
WORLD
July 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Islamic militiamen holding most of southern Somalia deployed hundreds of fighters outside the base of the U.N.-backed interim government Wednesday and said they planned to seize it. Neighboring Ethiopia said it was prepared to invade to defend the Somalian government. Seizing the town of Baidoa would make the Islamic militia the uncontested authority in most of the country. The interim government was on high alert and ready to defend itself, Deputy Information Minister Salad Ali Jelle said.
WORLD
January 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Kenyan soldiers and helicopters bolstered defenses Wednesday at this nation's border with Somalia as Ethiopian warplanes attacked fleeing Islamists. Residents of Liboi, a Kenyan border post, said they saw Ethiopian fighter jets and helicopters over the Somalian town of Doble, 15 miles away, late Tuesday. They heard shooting, which tailed off after midnight.
WORLD
June 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Somalia's largely powerless government and the Islamic fighters who control the country's capital agreed Thursday to stop military action and recognize each other. Their nonaggression pact, signed in Sudan, is a move toward international acceptance for the Islamic Courts Union, which the U.S. has accused of harboring Al Qaeda suspects and planning to impose a Taliban-style theocracy throughout Somalia.
WORLD
April 30, 2002
A U.N. worker has been kidnapped in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, in the second such abduction in the city in three months, the world body said. Somalian national Mohamed Ali Aburkar was seized in the southern part of Mogadishu, according to a statement from the U.N. Development Program issued in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. "The U.N. country team for Somalia is working ... to ensure his safe release," the statement said.
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November 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 60 migrants drowned when their boat capsized off Yemen during an attempt to flee their war-torn homeland of Somalia, a Yemeni security official said. Twenty-five others survived by reaching Redhoum on Yemen's southern shore after their boat went down in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, the security official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. The official said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the accident. The U.N.
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October 29, 2007 | Abukar Albadri, Special to The Times
The voice on the other end of my cellphone was oddly calm, but intent. "Abukar, I am calling to inform you that we have decided to take your life," the caller said. I glanced down at my phone to see the caller ID, which read "private." "You're not worthy to live," the man continued. "You have three hours to tell your family and say your last words." "Who is this?" I demanded. "I am a man," was the reply. It wasn't my first death threat.
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September 15, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Following a week of walkouts and heated arguments, an unlikely alliance of Somalian opposition groups found an ideological middle ground Friday, electing a moderate Islamist leader after agreeing to omit a reference to "jihad" from its charter.
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June 16, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
A string of attacks Friday in Somalia's capital, including a suicide bombing by a motorcyclist, killed eight people and wounded 10, the latest examples of a rising insurgency here aimed at toppling the transitional government. In what appeared to be coordinated attacks, three blasts rocked different parts of Mogadishu between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
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January 23, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
A fugitive Islamist leader praised recently by the U.S. government as a moderate who could bring much-needed public support to Somalia's transitional government has turned himself over to Kenyan authorities, American officials said Monday. Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, a former teacher who rose to become chairman of the executive council of Somalia's Islamic Courts Union, is being held for questioning at a posh hotel in Nairobi, the officials said.
WORLD
January 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Parliament stripped the speaker position Wednesday from a top lawmaker who was closely associated with the Islamist movement recently driven from this capital city. National Assembly Deputy Speaker Osman Ilmi Boqore announced the move against Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden in proceedings broadcast live on radio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Somalian national has been indicted for allegedly lying about receiving money from an Islamic charity that the U.S. government has labeled a terrorist front, officials said Friday. Omar Abdi Mohamed, 41, purportedly denied, when applying for U.S. citizenship, that he had received money from the Illinois-based Global Relief Foundation. Mohamed is in federal prison in downtown San Diego, awaiting arraignment. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
WORLD
June 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A fundamentalist Muslim whom the U.S. suspects of collaborating with Al Qaeda terrorists was named Saturday as the new leader of an Islamist militia that has seized control of the capital. The militia, which changed its name Saturday from the Islamic Courts Union to the Conservative Council of Islamic Courts, said in a statement that it had appointed Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys as its new leader. The Bush administration has alleged that Aweys was an associate of Osama bin Laden in the 1990s.
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January 12, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
HIS T-shirts read "Beautiful Mogadishu," with a hand-painted background of a Somali flag or a camel. Foreigners in this wasted capital buy them as souvenirs, chuckling at the irony. But the man behind the shirt isn't laughing. They call him Happy Arts, and the Mogadishu-born artist said he uses his craft to spread hope in a city that has seen little.
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January 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Kenyan soldiers and helicopters bolstered defenses Wednesday at this nation's border with Somalia as Ethiopian warplanes attacked fleeing Islamists. Residents of Liboi, a Kenyan border post, said they saw Ethiopian fighter jets and helicopters over the Somalian town of Doble, 15 miles away, late Tuesday. They heard shooting, which tailed off after midnight.
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