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Puntland leader seeks quick control over Kismayu Port

President of the semi-autonomous Somali region, Puntland, Abdirahman Mohamed Farole has called on Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces and Kenyan troops battling Al-Shabaab rebel group in parts of Lower Juba to speed up their efforts to wrest control of the port city of Kismayo. President Farole who spoke at the 21st meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) on Somalia in Djibouti on Monday said that Al-Shabaab still continues to hold strategic areas in Somalia including the port cities of Kismayo and Merka, in Lower Jubbah and Lower Shabelle regions, respectively. He further said these ports and nearby airports in Baidoa and Bali-dogle towns, serve as Al-Shabaab’s cash flow, adding … Continue reading

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Mitchell becomes first British Minister visit to Puntland

By Collins Wanzala in Nairobi. United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell on Monday, January 30 led a group of British officials on a visit the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Northern Somalia. Mitchel was warmly received by several Puntland Ministers as he arrived at Conoco Airport in Garower town and his visit becomes the first of its kind for a British minister to visit the region, which separated from the lawless larger Somalia several years ago. During his visit he held a closed door meeting with Vice-President Abdisamed Ali Shire and a number of ministers. Their talks were reported to have been based on the upcoming London conference, … Continue reading

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