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Issue 502/ 10th - 16th Sept 2011

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Somaliland News

News Headlines

Fu'ad Adan Adde Talks About Sool, Political Parties, Puntland

Regional Leaders To Develop Disaster Resilience Strategy

Somaliland President Meets With EU Parliament Delegation

Local and Regional Affairs

Four Missing After French Boat Found Off Yemen-Source

Famine Puts 1 Million More At Starvation Risk

Interview-Negotiations With Somali Rebels An Option-Pm

Somalia Denies CIA Rendition Base In Mogadishu

Teacher Quits London School... To Become Deputy Prime Minister Of Somalia

Roadblocks, Bullets And Bloodshed Undermine Somalia Famine Relief Efforts

EU Voices 'Great Satisfaction' On Somali Political 'Roadmap'


Somaliland And The Changes In The Middle East

Features & Commentary

Blowback In Somalia

Book Review: Drink The Bitter Root, By Gary Geddes

In Somalia, Where The Black Market Is The Only Source Of Stability

A "Third Wave" Of Somali Pirates?

A Novel Of Pirates, Zealots And The Somalia Crisis

International News


Puntland’s False-Flag Terrorism Could Undermine Its Stability

Somaliland’s First Female Mayor Hailed As Success

Appreciation Letter To Dr. Charles Tannock

Somaliland: Why Media Is A Male Dominance?


Somalia Denies CIA Rendition Base In Mogadishu

Mogadishu, Somalia, September 10, 2011 Somalia has dismissed reports that the US runs an underground detention centre where the CIA helps interrogate terror suspects in the capital Mogadishu.

UK rights group Reprieve says it has evidence that the base lies underneath the presidential compound, and that some inmates are as young as 14.

The group says one man was taken there from Kenya and held for 18 months without seeing lawyers - or daylight.

US officials have not yet commented on the claims.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali told the BBC that he rejected the reports of a detention center.

"I do not have that information and that information does not exist," he said.

However, he did admit that the US was helping his authority to "improve the security situation in the country".

Islamist militants from the al-Shabab group - which is known to have links with al-Qaeda - control much of southern and central Somalia.

The UN-backed transitional government is largely confined to the capital.

'Dirty work'
Claira Gutteridge from Reprieve told the BBC's Network Africa programme that she had evidence from "multiple, concurrent sources".
She said one man, Ahmed, had been abducted from the streets of Nairobi 18 months ago and flown to Mogadishu, where he has been kept ever since.

"It's an underground prison in the compound of the presidential palace," she said.

"The guards are Somali but it appears American personnel have access to the prisoners whenever they like."

She said it was not clear how many people were held there, but they were mostly Somali and included children as young as 14.

However there were at least three Kenyans and one who had a Western passport, she said.

She added that it was unclear whether American agents were abducting and transferring - or "rendering" - suspects to Mogadishu, or getting Kenyans and Somalis to do their "dirty work".

In July, the US Nation magazine reported the existence of a detention center.

The US has carried out several air raids against al-Shabaab and alleged al-Qaeda operatives in Somalia in recent years.

It has a military base in neighboring Djibouti.

Source: BBC







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