Author Archives: Staff

Turkish, Qatari ambassadors visit Beletweyne, pledge more support

Turkish and Qatari ambassadors arrived at the floods ravaged town of Beletweyne Saturday where they pledged support to alleviate suffering as the floods continue to push many out of their homes. Ambassador Hassan Bin Hamza Hashem (Qatar) and his Turkish counter Mehmet Yilmaz arrived at the town where they witnessed the scale of the damage caused by the floods and ...

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Iraq death toll, casualties rise again as forces retake key Baghdad bridges

Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Saturday as they pushed protesters back towards their main camp in central Baghdad using live ammunition, tear gas and sound bombs, police and medics said. The clashes wounded scores more people and put security forces back in control of all except one major bridge linking the Iraqi capital’s eastern residential and ...

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US Spent $8.9 Billion to Fight Afghan Illicit Drugs: SIGAR

Ministry of Interior officials challenged the report, saying that root causes, such as international purchaser-demand and poorly invested aid should be considered. “As of September 30, 2019, the United States has appropriated $8.94 billion for counternarcotics (CN) efforts in Afghanistan since FY 2002,” SIGAR said in the report. Based on the SIGAR report (citing UNODC), the value of illicit drugs ...

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Reviving The Afghan Peace Process

Afrasiab Khattak writes that Afghanistan can only achieve lasting peace if the international community helps Afghans preserve achievements made since 2001. A new diplomatic push by the United States, China, Russia and Pakistan is apparently aimed at reviving a process leading to a negotiated solution to the four-decade-old war in Afghanistan. The planned meeting between the Taliban and a delegation ...

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Somalia: We Require Debt Relief so we can get into More Debt is No Guide for Economic Progress

It is right and proper to first of all to acknowledge the tireless work, fiscal discipline and economic reform the Somalia Ministry of Finance has achieved over the last two years to bring some sanity to our fiscal finances, cutting loopholes, which has spearheaded a greater accountability and transparency across governmental finances. Under the competent leadership of Minister Abdirahman Beleh ...

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Floods kill 25, injure 47 in Somalia: WHO

Floods have killed at least 25 people and injured 47 others as heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in Somalia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The WHO said the heavy rains pounding several parts of Somalia have displaced more than 270,000 people, destroying livelihoods and infrastructure in the country. “Heavy rains have led to displacement of over 270,000 people, ...

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Arab League calls for energy support in Somalia

Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, called on Arab League member states and regional financial institutions to support technical and energy assistance in Somalia. Ahmed Aboul Gheit said it is important to train people working in the technical bases and energy to improve their skills. The Secretary called on the aim of alleviating power problems in ...

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Somalia Ministry Of Finance Announces Highest Ever Revenue Collection In 5 Years

The Ministry of Finance has announced a 17 percent revenue increase for third quarter of the year ended September 2019. Where as the total revenue collected last as at the same time last year, was 198 million Us dollars, this year the government netted 233.3 million dollars. The results shows that the raft of measures put in place by the ...

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U.S. Embassy Statement On The Visit Of AFRICOM Commander To Mogadishu

The commander of U.S. Africa Command visited Somalia on November 5 as part of his trip to the African continent. General Stephen Townsend met with the President of Somalia, the U.S. Embassy Mogadishu Chargé d’Affaires, Brian Neubert, and senior US and Somali military leadership in Mogadishu. The visit offered an opportunity to meet with the troops and assess the progress ...

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Somalia To Launch First Oil Licensing Round In December

Somalia is planning to launch its first-ever oil and gas licensing round in December, its oil minister said on Tuesday, as the frontier market looks to attract new investment after decades of civil strife. At least three mortar bombs were fired last month at Mogadishu’s international airport, the latest attack in a wave of violence that has afflicted the Horn ...

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