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Feb 28, 2012

Analysis: Somali reform rush may be militant lifeline

LONDON (Reuters) – Weakened on the battlefield, Somalia’s al Shabaab militants may yet survive, and even prosper from, a reinvigorated Western and African push to rebuild arguably the world’s most deeply war-damaged nation.

But if there is a future for the radical Islamists, it won’t be thanks to the merger they announced on February 9 with al Qaeda, the militant network in disarray a decade on from the September 11 attacks following a remorseless U.S. counter-terrorism campaign.

Feb 24, 2012

Breakaway Somaliland entity targets investors

LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The breakaway enclave of
Somaliland, which boasts oil and gas potential, has set up a
UK-linked corporation to act as an entry point for investors
concerned the Somali territory’s lack of international
recognition would stop contracts being enforced.

On a visit to London to attend a conference on Somalia,
President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo told Reuters that the purpose of
the Somaliland Development Corporation was to “to attract
companies and institutions which want to invest in our country.”

Feb 23, 2012

Clinton threatens sanctions on Somali peace spoilers

LONDON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday threatened sanctions on anyone blocking reforms intended to end Somalia’s “hopeless, bloody conflict” and counter militant and pirate groups seen as a growing menace to world security.

Addressing a conference aimed at energizing attempts to end more than 20 years of anarchy, Clinton also demanded greater efforts to cut funding for al Shabaab militants fighting Somalia’s weak Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

Feb 23, 2012

U.S. threatens sanctions on Somali peace spoilers

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday threatened sanctions against anyone blocking reforms intended to end Somalia’s “hopeless, bloody conflict” and eradicate militant and pirate groups seen as a growing menace to world security.

Addressing a conference aimed at energising attempts to end more than 20 years of anarchy, Clinton also demanded greater efforts to cut financial support for the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militant group fighting the country’s weak Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

Feb 23, 2012

World security at stake in Somalia chaos, UK says

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that a failure to end Somalia’s chaos will endanger international security, and the time is right for the outside world to help the failed state get back on its feet.

Opening a conference on ending two decades of anarchy in Somalia, Cameron said outside engagement in the country had been half-hearted because few people believed foreign powers could do anything to make a difference.

Feb 22, 2012

Somalia conference seeks to galvanise peace push

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – African, Arab and Western
nations worried by Somalia’s turmoil meet on Thursday to
coordinate efforts against militants and pirates seen as growing
threats to global security and ramp up measures to end famine
and clan violence.

Sceptics say the London conference of 40 countries including
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon risks producing fine words but no
action: They point to ineffective similar gatherings in the past
20 years involving a corrupt Somali elite skilled in extracting
support from Western aid bureaucrats and foreign peacekeepers.

Feb 5, 2012

Russia may seek controlled exit of Assad in talks

MUNICH/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia may be seeking a “controlled demolition” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule to save its sole major foothold in the Arab world against Western rivals when its foreign minister and spy chief hold rare talks in Damascus this week.

Moscow announced the high-stakes mission hours on Saturday hours before Russia and China, in a move that outraged much of the world and Syria’s opposition, vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution meant to halt Assad’s bloody crackdown on a popular revolt by backing an Arab League plan urging him to step down.

Feb 5, 2012

Iran raid likely to drag in US, hurt global economy

MUNICH (Reuters) – An Israeli raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities would deliver a painful shock to the global economy, revive flagging Islamist militancy and possibly drag the United States into a regional war whether it backed its ally’s attack or not.

As if that prospect was not alarming enough, any doubts Tehran entertained about the wisdom of building a nuclear weapon would vanish the moment the strike occurred.

Feb 5, 2012

Iran raid likely to drag in U.S. and hurt global economy

MUNICH (Reuters) – An Israeli raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities would deliver a painful shock to the global economy, revive flagging Islamist militancy and possibly drag the United States into a regional war whether it backed its ally’s attack or not.

As if that prospect was not alarming enough, any doubts Tehran entertained about the wisdom of building a nuclear weapon would vanish the moment the strike occurred.

Feb 3, 2012

Quick Iran curbs may obviate need for strike call: Israel

MUNICH (Reuters) – Iran “will blink” if sanctions aimed at deterring it from building a nuclear bomb are imposed rapidly, meaning outside powers may never need to decide on possible armed action, an Israeli minister said on Friday.

Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in Germany, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon added that the key point of international concern should be the amount of enriched uranium Iran has managed to bury at a deep site at Fordow, its best sheltered nuclear site south of Tehran.