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Déjà vu, Gal-Gala All over Again by Mohamud Samatar

Sat 02 June 2018.

 Puntland has been a safe heaven for piracy  and Human traffickers for the last 27 years,   where half  of its budget and revenue comes from cash collected from poor Ethiopians, Somalilanders, and Somalians risking their lives  to reach the shores  of Yemen dead or alive  to seek a better life abroad, Puntland economy also had  depended  on  ransom collected from hijacked ships paid by  owners/countries, even though piracy ended for the last four years  after the involvement of the international community,  Puntland is still  a home to Human Trafficking.
            Most of the fancy houses in Bosaso and Garowe are owned by top pirates and Human traffickers, where  Puntland rulers had  been  turning a blind eye when it comes to  Pirates and Human Traffickers activities, because of clan  affiliation one way or another.        
      The puntland rulers had  misled the international community  before by  saying they need  resource and financial assistance  to combat piracy and Human traffickers , where  on the other hand the rulers of Puntland got their share of ransom, money paid to pirates , whenever a ransom is paid to the pirates for  release of hostages and merchant ships. The so called Puntland clan militia also had  conducted  fake attacks against the pirates and Human traffickers  to show the world that they were attacking Pirates and Human traffickers hideouts and only show the  arrest of young men from South  Somalia who are not clan affiliated to Majerten/Puntland.
           For the last eight  years after piracy business and activities has declined because of European and Asian Warships patrolling the Indian ocean and Gulf of Aden, Galgala Mountains near Bosaso, a hideout of the so called Al-shabaab and ISIS chased out of  Somalia  becomes another face-saving political  project, source of income from the international community/Coalition Against Terrorism  and bogus war against Al-shabaab terrorist when ever Puntland leaders make a miscalculated political move against Muqdisho rulers or Republic of Somaliland and  to divert funds illegally from the Coalition Against Terrorism. 

        Just last month, on  May 24, 2018 when the Somaliland people and its government where responding to rescue people and livestocks hit  by  the devastating cyclone in the Horn of Africa, Puntland clan militia attacked  Somaliland troops unnoticed  near Somaliland and Somalia/Puntland border, Tukaraq which Puntland militia sustained heavy loss of life and capture of clan militia by Somaliland border troops. 

        To miss lead the world and divert attention from the loss Puntland militia  sustained from Somaliland troops attack, On june 1, 2018 in the middle of the  night Puntland staged  a fake war in Gal-gala Mountains against Al-shabaab and ISIS and accused Somaliland for supporting Al-shabaab terrorists, where on the other hand Puntland clan militia keep attacking Somaliland by crossing the Somaliland and Somalia border and terrorising poor civilians and nomads near the border.       
    In August 2014 when  the formation of member state of Federal  Government of Somalia,  Central Regions  composed of Mudug States  and Galmudug States   was declared ,  in the presence and approval of  UN/IGAD,   Puntland clan enclave  president/Abdi wali  opposed for the inclusion of  Mudug state  which Puntland claims North  portion of Galkayo, Mudug state capital city because of clan affiliation. Abdi Wali made miscalculated political  decision by summoning Puntland Parliament Members from Mogadishu and boycotted the Federal Government  leadership  to protest the formation of Central  Regions State of Somalia, Galmudug.
        Couple months later after Abdi Wali Gas realized that he made a crippling political move  he massed clan militia and declared  a fake attack against Al-shabaab in the Galgala Mountains for face-saving,  regain  political momentum ,  mislead the World  and say that Puntland is a good partner  of War against terrorism  , by  showing a video/picture  of his clam militia aiming at no targets with clean and pressed uniform and camouflage. reveal 
         Again in December, 2014 after delegations from Galmudug and Mudug had arrived Adado, Gal-kayo for the formation of Central Regions State of Somalia.On January 5th, 2015 he massed clan militia on Galgala Mountains to conduct a fake assault against Al-shabaab terrorist to mislead the International community. Puntland doesn't allow local press or international media when conducting the Bogus attack in Galgala Mountains .   
        In 2015  when Somaliland Navy sized a ship carrying illegal weapon, including battlewagons and revealed to the International Community  and UN Somalia/Eritrea Monitoring Group, Puntland assumed that Somaliland might gain a political leverage, and instead of  applauding , accused Somaliland of aiding Al-shabab in Galgala and that the weapon was bound to reach Al-shabaab.Later it was revealed that the weapon belonged to Sudan and was bound to reach UAE for Arab States weaponry fair event, show.    
           The only way to reveal the presence of Al-shabaab and end  Puntland bogus face-saving and  fake Galgala Mountain  missions is to send AMISOM troops to conduct BOOTS on the ground task to  dismantle and destroy Al-shabaab.   


Mohamud Adan Samatar 


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