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La Russie «pour établir la base de Somaliland» comme Poutine complote la suprématie navale

La Russie «pour établir la base de Somaliland» comme Poutine complote la suprématie navale

sa carte montre où la Russie veut localiser sa base navale dans une région de plus en plus militarisée par les puissances régionales et mondiales
La base de la base se trouve dans la corne de l’Afrique stratégiquement importante et offrirait la possibilité de projeter de l’énergie à travers le Moyen-Orient et des voies de navigation vers et depuis le canal de Suez.

La RUSSIE prépare une base navale en pleine mutation dans un Etat d’Afrique de l’est en voie d’expansion afin d’étendre considérablement sa puissance militaire au Moyen-Orient, selon des rapports.

Des pourparlers sont en cours entre Moscou et les dirigeants du Somaliland pour une base de 1 500 hommes afin d’aider ses navires de guerre et ses sous-marins chasseurs-chasseurs à opérer dans cette région instable et ses voies maritimes achalandées transportant la plupart des marchandises européennes.

L’emplacement supposé de la base est en dehors de la ville de Zeila, dans la république autoproclamée du Somaliland.

Il est également à la frontière avec Djibouti – à proximité de l’emplacement de la première base à l’étranger de la Chine dans les temps modernes qui a ouvert l’année dernière.

Les Émirats arabes unis construisent également une base militaire à Berbera dans ce qui est – et a toujours été – une position clé pour projeter le pouvoir dans une région instable.

“Les Etats-Unis et la Chine ont tous les deux des installations militaires à Djibouti, et il ne serait pas surprenant que la Russie veuille aussi des installations là-bas.

“La Russie a récemment prolongé son bail sur son installation navale à Tartous en Syrie et le développement d’une installation au Somaliland pourrait être vu comme une tentative de construire une marine d’eau bleue.

“Au cours de la dernière décennie, l’activité navale russe a augmenté dans les océans Atlantique, Méditerranéen et Indien, et ailleurs.”

Dr Foxall a déclaré que la doctrine navale russe, adoptée en 2017, promeut une vision de la marine russe en tant que force mondiale qui restera la deuxième plus puissante marine au monde, après les États-Unis, au cours de la prochaine décennie.

La Russie commande déjà une force navale puissante positionnée dans la mer Baltique
Selon les médias somaliens, Qarannews , la Russie propose un accord où elle reconnaîtra la république sécessionniste du Somaliland en échange d’être autorisée à établir la base.

La base navale compterait 1 500 personnes, des destroyers de service, des frégates et des sous-marins.

Au cours des dix dernières années, la Russie a étendu la portée de sa flotte de la mer Noire.

Dans ce cadre, elle a sécurisé sa base en Crimée en annexant la région à l’Ukraine en 2014 et rétabli une base dans le port syrien de Tartous – grâce au soutien de Poutine au dictateur Bachar al-Assad.

Tout vient au milieu des tensions croissantes avec les puissances occidentales.

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères de Poutine, Sergueï Lavrov, a comparé aujourd’hui le climat politique actuel à la guerre froide.

Les commentaires effrayants sont venus après que les Etats – Unis, la France et le Royaume-Uni ont lancé des frappes sur des sites en Syrie qui auraient été liés aux attaques meurtrières de guerre chimique contre Douma.

Image satellite montrant la base navale syrienne russe dans le port de Tartus la semaine dernière.
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Au cours de l’attaque samedi matin, les forces russes basées en Syrie se sont abstenues d’abattre des missiles de croisière avec leurs redoutables unités de défense antiaérienne S-400 qui sont situées à sa base.

En décembre de l’année dernière, Poutine a signé une loi ratifiant un accord permettant à la Russie d’étendre ses opérations à son installation portuaire de Tartus, qui est la seule base navale de Moscou en Méditerranée.

Les travaux de dragage et les nouveaux piliers permettront de loger jusqu’à 11 navires de guerre, ainsi que le plus grand croiseur de cuir russe, le Pyotr Velikiy.

Un navire Alligator-atterrissage a été repéré dans le Bosphore dimanche, alors qu’il était censé se rendre à la base syrienne dimanche.

La semaine dernière, avant l’attaque des missiles, un sous-marin britannique a été pris au piège dans une poursuite tendue de “chat et souris” par les sous-marins russes chasseurs furtifs qui seraient basés à Tartous.

Deux frégates russes et un avion anti-sous-marin auraient été à la recherche du HMS Astute alors qu’il manoeuvrait pour placer ses missiles de croisière Tomahawk à portée des sites chimiques d’Assad.

Plus tôt ce mois-ci, la Royal Navy a ouvert une base, le HMS Jufair, dans le pays du Moyen-Orient de Bahreïn, le premier nouveau port d’outre-mer de Grande-Bretagne depuis un demi-siècle.

SOURCE: Shakir Essa senior journalist Ex-UN news Agency’sFB_IMG_1524107074948

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is ending a military training programme in Somalia and also sanctioned all government authorities, in response to the seizure of millions of dollars …

UAE terminates programme to train Somalia’s military

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Somalia’s relations with UAE are strained by dispute between Qatar and Saudi as Mogadishu has refused to take sides

Ugandan forces at African Union Mission in Somalia base outside Mogadishu last week (

The United Arab Emirates is ending a military training programme in Somalia in response to the seizure of millions of dollars and the temporary holding of a UAE plane by Somali security forces last week.

Tensions between Mogadishu and Abu Dhabi have been on the rise since the Somali government condemned Emirati plans to build a military base in the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland.

The UAE has trained hundreds of troops since 2014 as part of an effort boosted by an African Union mission to defeat a militant campaign by al-Shabaab and secure the country for the government backed by Western nations, Turkey and the United Nations.

Somalia had announced disbanding the programme from its side a few days earlier.

The government will take over paying and training the soldiers in the programme, Defence Minister Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman told Somalia’s state news agency SONNA on Wednesday.

Analysts say Somalia’s relations with UAE are strained by a dispute between Qatar and Saudi because Mogadishu has refused to take sides.

Arab states have strong trading links with and influence in Somalia, but that is offset by the sway of Qatar and its ally Turkey, one of Somalia’s biggest foreign investors.

“The UAE has decided to disband its military training programme in Somalia which started in 2014 to build the capabilities of the Somali army,” said the statement on the UAE’s state news agency WAM.

About $9.6m in cash was taken from the UAE plane on 8 April, Somali police and government sources had said. The UAE said the money was to pay for salaries for Somali soldiers as part of an agreement between the two countries.

The UAE statement said the seizure incident contravened agreements signed by both countries.

WAM said the UAE has been paying the wages of 2,407 soldiers in addition to building training centres and a hospital. It also said the UAE was supervising a counter-piracy maritime police force in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland.

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Turkey’s rivalry with the UAE in Somalia is raising tensions in the Red Sea

Still, the UAE is building a military base in Somaliland and Mogadishu has objected to the project. Last month, the Somali government complained to the UN that the UAE’s military base is a “clear violation of international law”.

“The Federal Government of Somalia strongly condemns these blatant violations, and reaffirms that it will take the necessary measures deriving from its primary responsibility to defend the inviolability of the sovereignty and the unity of Somalia,” Somalia’s Ambassador to the UN Abukar Osman told the Security Council in March.

Reporter: Shakir Essa

Happening Now Arab league: UAE launches legal action against #Somalia

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Riyadh aims to pressure Iran at Arab summit
Syria, Palestine to also figure prominently; Qatar crisis will not be discussed

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16:17 April 15, 2018

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s push for a tough stand against its arch-rival Iran is expected to dominate an Arab League summit on Sunday as regional tensions grow over the wars in Syria and Yemen.

The fate of occupied Jerusalem will also be on the summit’s agenda, as the United States prepares to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city after declaring it the capital of Israel.

Saudi Arabia, which is hosting the yearly summit in the Eastern Province city of Dhahran, is likely to seek Arab support to pile the pressure on Iran, analysts say. “The Saudis are going to push for a much harsher stance on Iran — not necessarily on the nuclear dossier per se, but on Iranian influence in the Arab countries, particularly Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen,” said Karim Bitar of the Paris-based Institute of International and Strategic Affairs.

The Saudis are going to push for a much harsher stance on Iran — not necessarily on the nuclear dossier per se, but on Iranian influence in the Arab countries, particularly Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

Iran’s influence is wielded through a land route of armed parties in the Middle East — the so-called “Shiite crescent” that cuts across the Arab world.

Iran has long been a supporter of Bashar Al Assad and backs Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, whose fighters are deployed in Syria alongside regime forces.

Iran also openly supports the Al Houthi militia in Yemen in their war against the Saudi-backed government.

And in Shiite-dominated Iraq, the Islamic republic backs armed groups and supports the government.

“Saudi Arabia has also reached out to Iraq to try and build ties and tackle militias there,” said Andreas Krieg, assistant professor of defence studies at King’s College London told AFP. “It’s definitely safe to say that Iran is the centrepiece of this summit.”

Syria

The summit will be attended by delegations from 21 of the Arab League’s 22-member states. Syria has been suspended from the organisation for seven years over Al Assad’s crackdown on protesters.

It comes as Saudi Arabia on Saturday expressed its full support for US-led strikes on Syrian regime military installations, saying they were a response to “regime crimes” against civilians.

“Saudi Arabia fully supports the strikes launched by the United States, France and Britain against Syria because they represent a response to the regime’s crimes,” a foreign ministry statement said.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have been key backers of Syrian opposition groups fighting Al Assad.

The summit is expected to release a statement on the suspected toxic gas attack, but it remains to be seen whether the Arab League will take any action as well.

Syria serves today as a major pivot between Saudi Arabia and its allies on the one hand, and Iran and Hezbollah on the other.

Each party in the conflict backs opposing sides but all agree that the country’s future cannot be decided solely by the Al Assad regime, whose troops have regained territory with Russia’s support.

“Certain regional powers previously determined to bring down the Syrian regime — particularly Saudi Arabia and Turkey — have now accepted the status quo, that Al Assad is staying,” Bitar said.

“Bashar’s Iranian patrons are also very well aware that their protege cannot run the show on his own and they are starting to accept the premise that they will have to negotiate spheres of influence in Syria territories”.

Qatar

Not on the table at the summit, according to Krieg, is Qatar, cut off from its Gulf allies over accusations of ties to Iran and support for Islamist extremists. On the eve of the summit, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir confirmed as much, saying a solution for Qatar would be found within the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council.

Palestine

The summit also comes after 33 Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded at the hands of Israeli occupation forces in mass protests along the Gaza border in recent weeks.

The protests are to continue until mid-May, around the time Washington is to move its embassy to occupied Jerusalem, which both Palestinians and Israelis claim as their capital.

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi has said she hopes the summit will lead to a resolution, and concrete action, supporting the Palestinian position on occupied Jerusalem.

Author source: Shakir Essa

A Senior Journalist and writer, Ex- UN news agency in #Africa, all views are my own. The Voice of voiceless
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Why recognition is so important of Somaliland?

Recognition of Somaliland – claiming our rightful place within the community of nations.
We are confident we will achieve our goal and we will never relinquish our rightful demand for international recognition. The sooner that aspiration is fulfilled, the better it will be for everybody in the region and the world at large

Author sources:Shakir Essa
SeniorJournalist and writer, Ex- UN news agency in #Africa, all views are my own. The Voice of voiceless

US, cuts aid for somalia goverment again due to high corruption

The United States is suspending aid for much of Somalia’s again  over corruption concerns, U.S. officials confirmed to VOA on Sunday.

The suspension reflects the Somalia government repeated inability to account for aid items such as food, fuel and weapons, and also high corruption

A State Department official said the “pause” in aid is being made “to ensure that U.S. assistance is being used effectively and for its intended purpose.”

Somali security force members who are actively fighting al-Shabab and receiving some form of mentorship from either the U.S. or a third party will continue to receive appropriate assistance, the official said.

She added that the Somali prime minster has agreed to develop new accountability criteria that meet American standards, in order for other Somali units to receive U.S. assistance in a way that “builds greater transparency.”

“We don’t want to give away support that isn’t working and isn’t helping the counterterror fight,” another official said

According to documents obtained by the Reuters news agency, the Somali military has been unable to properly feed, pay or equip its soldiers, despite hundreds of millions of dollars of American support.

‘Big setback

Plans to suspend the support will be a “big setback” to the effort by Somali security forces to fight against Al-Shabab, warns the former Somali defense minister, General Abdulkadir Ali Dini.

General Dini, who worked closely with American officials in Somalia for many years…first as chief of the Somali national army and later on as defense minister, says the decision did not come at the right time.

“If the United States suspends food, fuel and stipends, that will hamper the war and work against the enemy and terrorists,” he said. “It does not help these operations and it damages morale.”

General Dini says “mistakes” were made by successive administrations but that the fighting against terrorism is taking longer at a time when the Somali government does not have the capacity to build its own army.

“Mistakes happened but it should not be suspended,” he said, without elaborating further.

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Shakir Essa

 

Khayre must be impeached, Here is why? and how?

The time has come for Somali parliament to launch an impeachment investigation of president

#farmaajo and his prime minister khayre for obstruction of justice, this case was linked with dp world, and Qatar

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“Whether it is devotion to principle or hunger for political survival that puts the prospect of impeachment and removal on the table, the crucial thing is that the prospect now be taken seriously.”

Now the country is faced with a President and his prime minister whose conduct strongly suggests that they poses a danger to national treason of government and also a dangerous political system.

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Even without getting to the bottom of what the PM khayre dismissed as “this is ties with UAE and dp world ” impeachable offenses could theoretically have been charged from the outset of this presidency. One important example is khayre”s brazen defiance of the foreign emoluments clause, which is designed to prevent foreign powers from pressuring somalia. officials to stray from undivided loyalty to the Somalia. Political reality made impeachment and removal on that and other grounds seem premature.

No longer. To wait for the results of the multiple investigations underway is to risk tying somalia nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader.

Jawaari summary resignation will not stop the inquiry, yet it represented an obvious effort to interfere with a probe involving somali government matters vastly more serious than the “khayre met dp world manager in dubai”

Even Qatar is a dangerous that controled all terrorist activities in Somalia

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#Farmaajo and khayre accompanied that confession with self-serving — and manifestly false — assertions about having been assured by jawaari that khayre  himself was not under investigation. By farmaajo’s own account, he asked jawaari about thier investigative status (dp world) even as he was conducting the equivalent  in which jawaari sought to retain his position as parliament speaker.

Further reporting suggests that the encounter was even more sinister, with khayre insisting that jawaari pledge “loyalty” to him in order to retain his job. Khayre was met with dp world manager in Dubai, the president turned to the media with a none-too-subtle threat that jawaari would regret any decision to disseminate his version of his conversations with khayre — something that jawaari has every right, and indeed a civic duty, to do.

It will require serious commitment to constitutional principle, and courageous willingness to put devotion to the somali government interest above self-interest and party loyalty, for a parliament of the president’s own parliament members to initiate an impeachment inquiry. It would be a terrible shame if only the speaker of house ( jawari) resigned

Farmaajo and khayre they must go

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