Somali member of Parliament and folk singer assassinated

Somali member of Parliament and folk singer assassinated

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 23 (UPI) --The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for killing Somali member of Parliament Saado Ali Warsame.
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Somalia: Resurgent al-Shabaab targets president 'dead or alive'

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Al-Shabaab Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida say their suicide attack on the presidential compound in Mogadishu was aimed at killing or kidnapping the country's Western-backed president, Hassan Sheik Mohamud, heightening concerns the group's on the offensive again after heavy military setbacks.

Troubled Somalia hustles Big Oil to resume exploration

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Somalia's Western-backed government is talking to major international oil companies like Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP about resuming exploration programs they abandoned when the East African state collapsed into anarchy in 1991.

Nairobi attack a signpost for rising jihadist terrorism across Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The four-day seizure of an upscale shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, in which dozens of people were killed by a platoon of diehard jihadists of the Somalia-based al-Shabaab group is a fearsome indication of how Islamist terrorism is swelling across Africa.

Kenya mall bloodbath shows al-Qaida groups still deadly

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The weekend seizure of a Nairobi, Kenya, shopping mall by Somalia-based jihadists linked to al-Qaida, slaughtering dozens of people, underlines how, two years after the Americans assassinated Osama bin Laden, jihadists are widening their offensive across Africa as well as the Arab world.

Destabilization fears over Somalia's first oil deal

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- There are growing concerns that a ground-breaking oil exploration contract between the Western-backed transitional government of war-torn Somalia and a British-registered company could further destabilize the East African country.

Somali government says peacekeepers didn't protect them

MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 28 (UPI) -- A Somali government delegation in Kismayu has accused Kenyan peacekeeping troops of not protecting them.

Oilmen ready for risky push into Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 15 (UPI) -- Foreign companies are getting ready to undertake the risky business of exploring for oil in war-torn Somalia, a quest that could trigger new conflicts.

In Mali, an old war on terror reignites

BAMAKO, Mali, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- French military operations in Mali against Islamist militants who have carved out a desert sanctuary in the north of the country could trigger a new wave of terrorist attacks on Western Europe, a war that began long before the carnage of Sept. 11, 2001.

Somali lawmakers declare PM ouster illegal

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Somali Parliament gave a vote of confidence to Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein, declaring his weekend ouster by the country's president illegal.

Somali: Fierce fighting in capital

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Authorities say at least 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded in fierce street fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Somali violence claims seven civilians

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- At least seven civilians have died since fighting erupted in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, with officials saying peacekeepers also are coming under fire.

McCain aide's lobbying past under scrutiny

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Lobbyist Charles Black, a friend and key adviser to U.S. Sen. John McCain, has come under fire for his representing foreign interests, including dictators.

Somalia: Kidnapped aid worker freed

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A day after his kidnapping by armed bandits in Somalia, local police on Wednesday freed a German aid worker.

Militants regain footing in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Islamic insurgents in Somalia opened fire Thursday on Mogadishu's main market, killing at least 13 people.
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Mohamed Siad Barre (Somali: Maxamed Siyaad Barre, Arabic: محمّد سياد بري‎) (b. October 6, 1919 – January 2, 1995) was the military dictator and President of the Somali Democratic Republic from 1969 to 1991. During his rule, he styled himself as Jaalle Siyaad ("Comrade Siad").

At the time of independence in 1960, Somalia was touted in the West as the model of a rural democracy in Africa. However, clanism and extended family loyalties and conflicts were societal problems the civilian government failed to eradicate and eventually succumbed to itself.

The new Barre-led military junta that came to power after the ensuing coup d'état said it would adapt Scientific Socialism to the needs of Somalia. It drew heavily from the traditions of China. Volunteer labor harvested and planted crops, and built roads and hospitals. Almost all industry, banks and businesses were nationalized. Cooperative farms were promoted. The government forbade clanism and stressed loyalty to the central authorities. An entirely new writing script for the Somali language was introduced. To spread the new language and the methods and message of the revolution, secondary schools were closed in 1974 and 25,000 students from fourteen to sixteen years of age were sent to rural areas to educate their nomadic relatives.

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