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globeandmail.com: Rebel army resumes campaign of abducting child fighters in Africa

globeandmail.com: Rebel army resumes campaign of abducting child fighters in Africa: "JOHANNESBURG — The rebel Lord's Resistance Army appears to have begun a new campaign of abducting child fighters in central Africa, after balking at signing a peace deal earlier this month. The move raises fears that the group is planning to renew its decades-long insurgency and expand it beyond the borders of Uganda.

All of the abductions have occurred in remote bush areas. In the raid about which the most is known, rebel fighters abducted 99 men, women and children in Obo, a town in the southeastern corner of the Central African Republic, near the borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. The rebels moved into this largely lawless triangle two years ago, after five LRA commanders were indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. (Only two of those are still alive.) It is difficult to establish precisely how many people have been abducted - Amnesty…

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 04/25/2008 | U.S. Afghan supply lines depend on Islamic militant

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 04/25/2008 | U.S. Afghan supply lines depend on Islamic militant: "BARA, Pakistan — The only thing standing between Pakistan's Taliban and the lifeline for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan may be an Islamist warlord who controls the area near Pakistan's famed Khyber Pass.

In an interview with McClatchy, Mangal Bagh, who leads a group called Lashkar-i-Islam, voiced his disdain for America but said he's rebuffed an offer from the Taliban to join them.

Truckloads of food, equipment and fuel for NATO troops wind through the Khyber Pass daily to the bustling border at Torkham. Last month, Taliban fighters bombed fuel trucks waiting at Torkham to cross into Afghanistan, and last week, fighting between Bagh's men and a pocket of Taliban resistance closed the highway for several days."

Somaliland.Org » Somaliland: Africa’s Best Kept Secret

Somaliland.Org » Somaliland: Africa’s Best Kept Secret: "After my brief visit, I now fully appreciate the support Somaliland is receiving from her visitors including the admiration of acclaimed scholars such as Prof. Ali Mazrui, Prof. William Reno, Prof. George Eshiwani, Gerard Prunier, Bernard Helander, I.M. Lewis, and the courageous Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay of South Africa to mention just a few.
The first thing that strikes a foreigner against his/her expectations is the peace, tranquility and order in the city. Unbelievably, one can walk or drive on the streets of Hargeisa by night without the slightest fear of muggings, carjacking and armed robberies, much unlike Nairobi and other major towns of Kenya where the government has nearly ceded control to organized crime. A robust and lively city, it is in many ways similar to the sprawling Eastleigh estate, in terms of aggressive commerce and social lifestyles.

However, the similarity ends there. Where eastleigh is crime prone, water an…

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Last Updated: Apr 25, 2008 - 7:15:07 PM
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Puntland authorities hand ONLF officials to Ethiopia: Report
25 Apr 25, 2008 - 11:13:44 AM

GAROWE, Somalia Apr 25 (Garowe Online) - Authorities in the self-governing region of Puntland, in northern Somalia, arrested and handed over to Ethiopian intelligence services ranking officers of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), informed sources confirmed to Garowe Online.

Abdinur Mohamed Soyan and Dhire Oof, both members of the ONLF Central Committee, were arrested by Puntland Intelligence Service (PIS) agents on April 22 at a hotel in Garowe, the capital city of Puntland.