US General: Defending Kabul is main effort for US and US led coalition

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Like Mattis, Nicholson sees a window open for the U.S. and Afghan governments to reach a peace deal with some members of the Taliban. He cited Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent invitation to the Taliban to talk without preconditions, the Taliban not rejecting it out of hand and the ongoing U.S.-led military campaign among the factors that could force a negotiated settlement.

"All Wars must come to an end" at some point or another.

“Yes, the Taliban is in the city,” Nicholson said. “Yes, there are facilitation networks in the city. These networks need to be identified and destroyed, and then the safe houses or whatever locations they have developed need to be identified and eliminated.”

U.S. and Afghan governments plan to build the number of Afghan special forces from 19,022 to 33,896 by 2020, according to a Pentagon report to Congress released in December.




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Everybody is suing for peace in Afghanistan.




Everyone wants to end this nightmare, how is the problem. America trying to avoid Vietnam 2 where helicopters cannot land but see a sea of people from far that needed to be evacuated.

Pakistan wants negotiated settlement where she has more influence and the Chinese are not affected by their own Taliban problems

NATO just simply wants to get out


Only Turkey and Iran can save the situation through negotiations and get help of Euroasians and Pakistan.


The Afghan people, killers of Empires have only one difference with Somali. The Somali fell to colonialism first and the Afghans fell in the 21st century.

Iran might be able to secure all bordering countries in its favour before attacked by Israel.

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This must be a lesson for the Somali government. After 17 years, America and NATO could not  build an Afghan army. 19,000 is the number.

If the most powerful army in the world with a billion dollar a week to spend in Afghanistan is trying to survive and defend the capital let alone the country side, why would we put our future security in poor African soldiers trying to make few dollars from the Somali insecurity.

Why would a 20,000 Amisom forces are doing In Mogadishu while there is war going on Balcad, Shebeelaha Hoose and Bay?. Why do you need a group of soldiers sitting in a base some where while the country side is controlled by insurgents. 

I would kick all them out. what kind of nation is trying to build and defend itself without sacrificing it's own capacity. This folly of using others to clean your mess must end. The battle to pacify Somalia must be done by Somalis with help of others.


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I am afraid the one subject you do not like, having a temporary capital somewhere other than Mogadishu is one major factor for presence of AMISOM.

Imagine the amount of time, resource, life and limb spent just on the Capital city. Past glory can not substitute current problems. How can you have soldiers from Bay to pacify Mogadishu? Will not work. SFG come to the Bay clean up the Bay then take men from Bay anywhere you need them. Support and work with Puntland and then you can take men from Puntland to Balcad.

Not the otherway round.


My friend. You cannot fight Shabab while praising Saudis for faith reasons. A Saudi family that did not contribute a sack of wheat for the hungry, but willing to spend millions to pressure Somali governments to bend.

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Somaliland became the new Israel.  If you need to get close to the west begining with the UK, leave the Somaliland project alone.  The pirates benefited this arrangement very well  by entertaining and containing the Khaatumo and Maakhiri tribes in Somaliland for many years just like the EgyptIan's benefited containing the palestinians against Israel for decades. The semi desert pirates got free ride in southern politics starting with the federal project in their favor as well as several infustructure projects simply to keep them quite.  Heavyweight Turkey involvement in helping the central government in Mogadishu and the instability in Ethiopia is seriously undermining the hidden politics that was happening in Somalia the last two decades. 

Here Raila Odinga doing political prostitution to get the chance to rule Kenya without success.



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ninyahow, you are way ahead of everyone on this issue. Why would a washed up stooge like Odinga spent these issue unless he thought these things might earn him some money from others.

Just like many , I was wondering why Puntland with the wide open land and the affinity the Garaad community had on them, could not produce anything for them. All they supposed to do was train few thousands of Khaatumo soldiers and clear Laascaanood. 

AS you said, they have been contracted to hold Khaatumo hostage . I knew FAroole was up to something, but I could not believe a Somali  leader would harm his own people for foreign entity. Things are getting clear, and the next Puntland leader including C/weli Gaas must speak in a language and actions that is clear for all to understand.

Gooni, a man with  few words ,but with great wisdom had said that , " Sool waa meesha lagu horjoogsan lahaa gooni goosatada" yet they were destroyed internally by both sides.

Look OO,

what the British do is their business. THey can throw money for development in Somaliland, which goes no where, but to the pockets of the ruling class, yet  they can not decide the future for the Somalis. No one is against Somaliland, and stop defending Somaliland or any other enclave from us because we are Somaliland ourselves. WE want the national government to work hard and throw out your useless army from Ethiopia and others and take are of the business. 

On the idea of relocating the capital, that is another discussion. Mogadushu is getting better already. It needs hard work and constant detectives and intelligence people coordinating 24/7. It is not all about army, it is about intelligence people following the leads and constantly apdating the new threats.

What we doing here is encouraging the state to change strategy. That has nothing to do Somaliland or what she does. Here we have a Tigray ruling Jijijga, a foreign country and people , yet you do not want us to keep the idea of united people among us.

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This government seems to have some strategy. But now it is not Ralia Odinga who is distributing. The massage and the money comes from Arab neighbor  Muslims. The strategy must include how to deal Somalis who are working for others who do not want somalia to be stable. 

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OO hates Mogadishu for a reason.  Only he and the Tplf thugs like him know the hospitality and the welcome party they received in Mogadishu last time their midget leader Meles attempted to occupy the proud capital city of Somalia.   

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51 minutes ago, Ifiye said:

OO hates Mogadishu for a reason.  Only he and the Tplf thugs like him know the hospitality and the welcome party they received in Mogadishu last time their midget leader Meles attempted to occupy the proud capital city of Somalia.   

Incredible. Now you are bragging about everything you did wrong.

That TFG was one of the best hopes to re-establish Somalia. Yet the dirtiest plitics was played by some Mogadishu politicians accusing Puntlanders of coming on Ethiopian tanks to retaliate for the 1991.

Of the two between south and north Mogadishu one was holding a welcoming party to TFG the other was preparing with ICU to go underground and fight.

Here is what one Somali in Mugadishu said at the time:

"The future of Somalia is very bleak and Somalis will share the same fate with Iraq and Afghanistan," Mogadishu resident Abdullahi Mohamed Laki told The Associated Press. "The transitional government has no broad support in the capital."

 Forget the empty talk of soldiers killed from this or that side and buildings destroyed....that is war propaganda.

There is a saying "We have said all the bad words, but the goats are gone/taken" That is exactly what you are saying.

Actually Meles had to promise to get Ethiopian soldiers out in weeks, that is how he got majority support in Parliament. Late A. Yusuf as well was convinced did not need Ethiopians soldiers if Mogadishu folks held to what they agreed. Ethiopians and soldiers from Puntland wanted to wait until the locals in Mogadishu have organized themselves.


And here you are bragging of something that did not happen, but not concerned of what was lost.

The Ethiopian soldiers will always have more Somali in them than any other country's even more than that of Djibouti or Kenya, yet you seem to be more welcoming Brundi and Uganda soldiers than Puntlanders and bragging (falsely) about it.



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3 hours ago, Ifiye said:

Somaliland became the new Israel.

There is nothing to prevent now. All Arabs/Moslems are tripping each other to that entity.

Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti have no problems. It may be contageous lol

If you are talking in military power, that also may be close to truth. Why not copy the winner. Let alone Somaliland countries like Turkey, Ethiopia, Egypt, UAE are all copying from same.

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