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Al-Shabab commander killed in airstrike near Barawe

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An Al-Shabab commander is said to have killed in an airstrike by unidentified drones near Barawe town in Lower Shabelle region.

Local officials in Barawe confirmed the attack which targeted Al-Shabab convoy killing a senior militant commander.

“Unknown warplanes hit a location between Kunyo-barow and Barawe where Al-Shabab militia and officials were hiding in. We have reports that senior commander was killed.” said Barawe-based security official.

According to a second security official in Mogadishu the killed Al-Shabab commander is now identified as Ibrahim Haji Daud.

Daud is perceived to have led Al-Shabab’s intelligence unit known as Amniyat.

Locals who sought anonymity reported to have heard drones flying over the area before they heard two huge explosions on Sunday.

Al-Shabab has not yet commented on the airstrike and the said death of militant commander.

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Somalia PM Says His Government Demanded US Aid Cut

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Somalia’s prime minister, Hassan ali-Khaire, said his government had demanded the U.S. briefly suspend aid to much of Somalia’s armed forces in an effort to improve transparency and accountability following corruption concerns.

Speaking Saturday to reporters in Mogadishu, Khaire blamed former Somali governments for U.S. concerns about corruption.

“In the first month in office, my government stood for the need for Somalia to be governed on transparency principles,” he said. “To ensure such principles, Somalia and the U.S. government have agreed to this aid suspension.”

He said that the pause in assistance was part of his government’s effort to fight corruption by tackling misconduct and opening the door to accountability.

“We have done a study that made it possible to find out the challenges against rebuilding our national army, including diversion of soldiers’ salaries, lying about the list of the active and alive military personnel, and as a result, we have jointly decided to suspend the U.S. aid to parts of Somalia’s military for a few weeks until we improve and fix the errors,” Khaire said.

Mattis ‘sure’ of progress

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said that he was optimistic about improving Somali accountability concerning the distribution of American aid to Somali armed forces.

“I’m sure we can get this thing under control, even if it’s not for the whole, but for parts of it,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.

Despite the aid suspension, Khaire said his government was confident that it had gained the trust of both Somali people and its international partners.

“In the light of the recent IMF [International Monetary Fund] and World Bank reports on Somalia and the work we have so far done, we are confident that we have gained the trust of the Somali people and our international friends,” he said.

For nearly two decades, Somalia has been among the world’s most corrupt countries, topping the list made by the corruption monitoring group Transparency International.

Nepotism, favoritism, bribery and aid embezzlement have been commonplace across all sectors, making many citizens believe that corruption is a normal way of life.

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Canada continues to respond to critical humanitarian needs in Somalia, Will provide $10.4 million for humanitarian assistance

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Canada is concerned by the extremely fragile humanitarian situation in Somalia and supports international efforts to meet the basic needs of the millions of Somalis facing hunger, disease, displacement, physical insecurity and loss of livelihoods. Somalia continues to face the ongoing effects of nearly three decades of conflict and insecurity as well as the impact of chronic drought and other natural disasters.

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, that Canada will provide $10.4 million for humanitarian assistance to vulnerable communities in Somalia.

Minister Hussen made the announcement during an event with members of the Somalian community in Etobicoke, Ontario.

This new funding will be allocated to the World Food Programme, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme and the American Refugee Committee to help address the critical needs of Somalis affected by the ongoing severe drought and food insecurity in Somalia.

Canada has adopted a Feminist International Assistance Policy, which supports gender-responsive humanitarian action that makes it easier for women, girls and all young children to access nutritious foods and supplements. This better addresses the unique needs of women and girls in a humanitarian crisis.

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“While Somalia has taken great steps in recent years toward peace and stability, the country remains vulnerable to both natural disasters and conflict. Canada stands in solidarity with Somalia and the millions of Somalis requiring humanitarian assistance in the face of drought and insecurity. Canada is proud to provide this humanitarian assistance to address the needs of the most vulnerable and ensure those requiring emergency assistance are reached.”

– Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Quick Facts

  • Since 2015, Canada has allocated $89.3 million to address drought- and conflict-related humanitarian needs in Somalia, which includes $4.6 million from the Famine Relief Fund.
  • This funding has been channelled through UN agencies, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and non-governmental organizations to help provide food, water and sanitation; treatment for acute malnutrition; and other medical support, shelter and protection to those in need.
  • Canada also provides humanitarian support for approximately 1 million Somali refugees living in neighbouring countries through its funding to the UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme.

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Aamin Ambulance, The Unsung Heroes of Mogadishu

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Here is a close encounter with an unsung hero of Somali capital city of Mogadishu. The Aamin Ambulance Service offers free emergency service to Mogadishu, often the scene of deadly terror attacks. CGTN’s Abdulaziz Billow reports.

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