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    Brief Summary of History and Present; Explaining the Somalia War With Facts !!

    Somalia seemed to experience peace after years of civil war. Though Somalia actually began enjoying rare peace after the Islamic Courts of Somalia captured Mogadishu from US-backed warlords in June 2006. The Islamic Courts, which ruled Somalia for six months after routing the Washington-backed alliance of warlords, managed to briefly restore unprecedented order and stability on most of the Somali territories after more than 15 years of unrest. But then began the Ethiopian army invasion of Somalia in the year 2006 to topple the Islamic Courts at the request of the weak interim government which was backed by the United States.

    At this time Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was the leader of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU).

    Established in 2004 and internationally recognized, the Transitional Federal Government's (TFG) support in Somalia was waning until the United States-backed 2006 intervention by the Ethiopian military, which helped drive out the rival Islamic Courts Union (ICU) in Mogadishu and solidify the TFG's rule. Following this defeat, the ICU splintered into several different factions.

    Ethiopian troops invaded Somalian territory on July 20, 2006. The resistance against the invaders began but Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was not involved in the resistance against this occupation. America and Ethiopia had noticed his weak spirit, morals, religious commitments and lack of steadfastness which allowed them to lure him into a negotiated deal in which he would be giving power in exchange for his services and loyalty to the U.S.A. and Ethiopia. Instead fighting the invaders and occupiers of Somalia who had attacked his previous rule, his soldiers he cowardly rejected his obligation to resist the invaders and instead turned against his own people. Al-Shabaab which was the former armed wing of ICU regrouped to continue their insurgency against the TFG and oppose the Ethiopian military's presence in Somalia.

    Throughout 2007 and 2008, Al-Shabaab scored military victories, seizing control of key towns and ports in both central and southern Somalia. At the end of 2008, the group had captured Baidoa but not Mogadishu. By January 2009, Al-Shabaab and other militias had managed to force the Ethiopian troops to withdraw from the country, leaving behind an underequipped African Union (AU) peacekeeping force.

    A power sharing deal ensued between an Islamist splinter group led by Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia Djibouti faction (ARS-D) and TFG Prime Minister Nur Hassan in Djibouti. Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's goals were achieved after pledging his alliance to Ethiopia and the U.S. he was giving power. After the parliament took in 275 officials from the moderate Islamist opposition, ARS leader Sheikh Ahmed was elected TFG President on January 31, 2009. This sealed the deal, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was put in place by Ethiopians and the U.S. to govern Somalia.

    Sharif Sheikh Ahmed who did not resist the occupation, who did not stand up to defend the Muslims of Somalia, instead collaborated with the brutal invaders who committed countless crimes now suddenly claimed power of a land in whose liberation he did not even participate on the contrary. Even his inauguration as "president" happened outside Somalia which on it self shows the ridiculousness of this puppet show.

    Al-Shabaab rejected this shameless attempt of power grab by this traitor and continued to take territories. It was joined by Hizbul Islam, which is an amalgamation of four Islamist group including the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia - Asmara faction.

    The conflict is still raging on between the puppet self claimed president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed who only controls a small blocks in Mogadishu backed by the African Union (AU) force and the Al-Shabaab and its allies who control most of Somalia.

    During this time Sharif Sheikh Ahmed reached new lows even begging the U.S. and Ethiopian forces to come back to help and protect him:

    In September 2009 Ahmed spoke at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, then went to Washington, D.C. to speak with policymakers. During his time in Washington he spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on K Street. The thrust of his speech, given in Arabic, was that the U.S. government had a “special responsibility” to help Somalia, and that on this, they were failing.

    On 22 June 2009 Al Jazeera reported the request made by Somalia´s parliamentary speaker Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nur who said:
    "…The government is weakened by the rebel forces. We ask neighboring countries - including Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Yemen - to send troops to Somalia within 24 hours…"

    Such a disgrace and traitor he has become now. Even asking Ethiopian troops, to do what ? Read below what Ethiopian army did during there occupation, the same criminals Sharif Sheikh Ahmed besgged to come back, no wonder he is hated, why he is recognized as a puppet, brought to power by the U.S. and Ethiopia, to Serve the U.S. and Ethiopia. He deserves no respect, and nor will he get any!

    As early as last April Germany’s ambassador to Somalia, Walter Lindner, wrote a public letter condemning the indiscriminate use of air strikes and heavy artillery in densely populated parts of Mogadishu, the systematic rape of women, and even the bombing of hospitals. By now, the Ethiopian Army’s attempts to terrorize the residents of Mogadishu into submission have driven 600,000 of them — 60 percent of the population — to flee the city.


    EXPOSING Sharif Sheikh Ahmed Conversion to Serving the Infidels and Enemies of Islam.
    Look Before (2006/2007) and After (2009/2010).


    Sheikh Sharif Ahmed in a Statement on 10 April 2007 said that Ethiopia wanted to "wipe Somalia off the world map", but he has had a lot more to say about Ethiopia in the last 3 years. Let us take a look at some of his statements

    "…We want the whole world to know what's going on…The United States is encouraging Ethiopia to take over the area…" -18 June 2006 speaking to reporters in Jowhar

    "…For any genuine Somali dialogue to take place inside the country there has to be immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Ethiopian troops from Somalia…"-16 July 2007

    "…Somalia is under attack and Somalis must defend their country…Anybody who sides with Ethiopia will be considered a traitor ...... the Islamic courts will lead the people to victory…"-21 July 2006

    "…We do not negotiate with a government which is being helped by the enemy of Somalia…"- 22 July 2006

    "…I call on Somalis to be ready for a holy war against an invasion from the enemy of the religion and the country…"-24 July 2006

    "From this time on, we will wage a war against Ethiopians inside Somalia…We need anyone who can give us weapons, even a dagger." Speaking to thousands of Somalis in Mogadishu in October 2006

    "…We are independent, we can't accept Ethiopian occupation, we are neither a risk to Ethiopia nor any other country. That means if Ethiopia invades we will defend ourselves…"-November 2006

    "…This declaration of war by Meles Zenawi against Somalia is something that shows that they also have the consent of the US…"-24 November 2006

    "…The Ethiopian forces have massacred people in the areas they have taken…"- 26 December 2006 press conference

    "…There is no change in the political climate as long as the Ethiopia-imposed government is in Somalia…"-30 October 2007

    "…Our problem is not with the old prime minister or the new prime minister. Our problem is Ethiopia's occupation…"-6 December 2007

    "…The Ethiopian forces backing the transitional government mercilessly killed many innocent people, including the people slaughtered at the al-Hidaya mosque…"- 21 April 2008

    "…It is our belief that every individual in Somalia has to participate in the resistance and the defeat of the Ethiopian occupation…"


    When residents in a Somalia border town with Ethiopia recently said they saw Ethiopian troops there, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed was once again signing a different tune. He said that authorities had discussed the matter "and they have agreed that Ethiopian troops will remain inside their border."

    Sheikh Sharif Ahmed who said in July 2006 that the UIC would:
    "… declare jihad if the Ethiopian government refuses to withdraw their troops from Somalia…"

    And when Ethiopia refused, on 9 October 2006, he did just that saying:
    "…From today, I am declaring jihad against Ethiopia, which has invaded our country and taken parts of our homeland…"

    Those of us following the developments in Somalia were surprised to hear Sheikh Sharif Ahmed´s change his stand on the presence of foreign forces in Somalia. On 27 May 2009 speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he said that AMISOM was playing an "important and needed" role in securing peace and stability in Somalia. What would that role be and how is that different from the role they were playing during the Abdulahi Yusuf rule?

    Back then, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said that the AU forces would be "unnecessary and counter-productive" and that they would be resisted. Let us take a look at what else he had to say back then. Sheikh Sharif Ahmed had rejected the presence of Ethiopian and African Union forces in Somalia, and had refused to recognize the Abdulahi Yusuf TNG because it was being "propped up" by Ethiopian forces and African Union forces from Uganda and Burundi.

    On 12 June 2006 he said:
    "…The government should stop the request of foreign troops in order for internal discussion with us to continue…Negotiations with the government are not possible at this time because parliament could approve foreign troops…"

    Sharif Sheik Ahmed told the Associated Press on 19 September 2006 that Somalis must fight IGAD troops saying, "They are not the owners of Somalia. Somalia belongs to Somalis".

    On 9 September 2006 he reiterated his opposition to the IGAD proposal saying:
    "…We might demand from IGAD states not to have international forces intervene in Somalia…There is no need for international forces in Somalia. The problem is ended. The Somali people are living in safety and (peace)..."

    Today, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed´s TNG is not only asking for more African Union forces it´s also calling on neighboring countries to intervene in Somalia-again. On 22 June 2009 Al Jazeera reported the request made by Somalia´s parliamentary speaker Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nur who said:

    "…The government is weakened by the rebel forces. We ask neighbouring countries - including Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Yemen - to send troops to Somalia within 24 hours…"

    Is this something that the people of Somalia want? Can Sheikh Sharif Ahmed´s TNG prevent a repeat of the international crimes that were committed by Ethiopian forces during the invasion and occupation of Somalia? Has he forgotten the pain and suffering that was wrought on the people of Somalia? Did he forget about the rapes and tortures of Somali girls and women? Has he forgotten about the wonton destruction, pulverization of Somali villages and the displacement of over 2 million of his compatriots because of Ethiopia´s brutality?

    On 11 February 2005 he told the Associate Press :
    "…We are all Muslims, so we don't need any other kind of government here…"

    On 6 June 2006, the "moderate" Sheikh Sharif Ahmed spelled out his intentions when he spoke to a crowd in Mogadishu in which he told them :
    "…Until we get the Islamic state, we will continue with the Islamic struggle in Somalia…"

    Today, afraid of loosing his "moderate" label, is claiming that he agreed to Islamic Sharia law to diffuse the conflict and because "the mediators asked me to introduce Islamic Sharia in the country".

    In the past Sharif Ahmed said about Ali Mohammed Ghedi, Meles Zenawi´s stooge, when he was forced to resign as Somalia´s Prime Minister in the Abdulahi Yusuf led TNG:
    "…When the colonizer used him and finished with him, he was forced to resign…It was part of the scheme the colonizer used to capture Somalia and whoever replaces Gedi will certainly serve the colonizer…"

    Finally a quote from the American Chronicle:

    Much has been written and said about Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, the new President of Somalia. Washington is presenting him as the "moderate" Islamist-not sure what that means anymore. In Washington politics, it looks like a "moderate" is someone that is amenable to the West, and someone who will advance western interests ahead of that of his own people, someone who is willing to get rid of, even kill, those that are opposed to it, or get in the way. The people of Somalia rallied behind the Union of Islamic Courts and Sheikh Sharif Ahmed in 2006 because the UIC brought peace to Mogadishu and other areas in Somalia, but more than that, they trusted the UIC to defend Somalia´s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the interests of the Somali people.


    The U.S. ROLE

    US interests in Somalia date back to funding and military backing of the regime of Siad Barre in the 1970s. After the UN interventions of the 1990s, the US has mainly avoided involvement in the nation.

    United States opposition to the formation of an Islamic Somalia led to the CIA making secret payments to aid Somali warlords in early 2006 organized under the name Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT). Disclosure of these payments to warlords helped galvanize the ICU's opposition and created public support for the Islamists amongst Somalis. This led directly to fueling the Second Battle of Mogadishu, fought between May and June 2006. The result was the driving of the ARPCT forces from Mogadishu, and the militant rise of the ICU.

    Michael Zorick (the State Department's political officer for Somalia), who had been stationed in Nairobi, was reassigned to Chad after he sent a cable to Washington criticizing Washington's policy of paying Somali warlords. The Times stated, "The American activities in Somalia have been approved by top officials in Washington and were reaffirmed during a National Security Council meeting about Somalia in March"
    (Marc Lacey and Helene Cooper Efforts by C.I.A. Fail in Somalia, Officials Charge NY Times 8 June 2006)

    On 7 June 2006, the Republic of the Congo's president and current African Union head Denis Sassou-Nguesso criticised the United States for its involvement in fighting in Mogadishu following his meeting with President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
    ( AU chair lashes US over Somalia ANDnetwork 7 June 2006)

    Writen by Assad - WorldOfislam Admin using various sources.

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