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2008-10-10 09:00:37

Writethru: Somali Islamist group says "ready for dialogue" over Mogadishu airport ban MOGADISHU, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Islamist group which last month ordered the closure of the main airport in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, said on Thursday it is ready to rescind its decision after negotiations about it. The Al-Shabaab Islamist movement last month threatened to shoot down any aircraft using the airport which they said was being used to bring in military supplies for Ethiopian...

2008-10-10 09:00:37

Somali Islamist group says "ready for dialogue" over Mogadishu airport ban MOGADISHU, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Islamist group which last month ordered the closure of the main airport in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, said on Thursday it is ready to rescind its decision after negotiations about it. The Al-Shabaab Islamist movement last month threatened to shoot down any aircraft using the airport which they said was being used to bring in military supplies for Ethiopian troops and...

2008-10-09 09:00:33

Text of report by Somalia's private commercial Radio Shabeelle on 9 October [Presenter] Al-Shabab has said they are ready to hold talks regarding the closure of Mogadishu airport in which they have banned all flights from landing at the airport. The group also distanced itself from threats issued against Hawiye clan elders. Abdullahi Yasin Jama has more details. [Jama] Speaking to radio stations in Mogadishu via the telephone, Al-Shabab's spokesman Shaykh Muqtar Robow Abu Mansur has said...

2008-10-09 09:00:33

Excerpt from report by Somalia's private commercial Radio Shabeelle on 9 October [Presenter] A passenger flight has landed in Mogadishu's Adan Adde International Airport a short while ago as the airport has been closed for more than 20 days now following the ban by Al-Shabab. Aweys Haji Nur has more details. [Nur] The passenger plane belonging to Juba Airways is carrying deportees from Saudi Arabia and has just landed at Mogadishu's Adan Adde International Airport as confirmed by sources....

2008-10-07 12:00:37

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Somali Shabeelle Media Network website on 7 October Over 100 clan elders from the Hawiye have today asked Al-Shabab to reopen Mogadishu airport following a meeting in Mogadishu. The intellectuals and learned members of the Hawiye clan held a long meeting in Mogadishu and discussed the closure of Mogadishu airport. In a news conference, they specifically urged the Al- Shabab group to rescind its decision to ban the Somali public from using the...

2008-10-04 15:00:15

Text of report by Somali pro-Puntland government Puntlandpost website on 4 October Shaykh Hasan Dahir Aweys who is among the officials Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia's [ARS] breakaway faction and is based in Asmara, Eritrea, has spoken out on the closure of Mogadishu airport. The Shaykh said the closure of Mogadishu airport was problematic for the Somali civilians and has asked those responsible to reconsider their decision. Although the official has not specifically named...

2008-09-24 03:00:20

Text of report by Swedish-based Somali website Somaliweyn on 23 September The Islamic administration that controls Jowhar, the capital of Middle Shabeelle Region, southern Somalia, has denied that flights are diverting from Mogadishu Airport to Jowhar airport. A senior official, who spoke for the Islamic Courts, described as a lie reports that Daallo Airways, Jubba Airways, African Express Airways, and another carrier would switch their flights to Jowhar airport because of insecurity at...

2008-09-21 15:00:21

Text of report by pro-Islamist Somali website Halgan.net on 21 September The [military] operations spokesman of Union of Islamic Courts [UIC], Shaykh Abdirahim Ise Adow, has reiterated that the UIC does not support the Al-Shabab Islamic Movement's move of closing Mogadishu airport. He said that the closure of the airport would adversely affect the Somalia population who used the airport. He urged Al-Shabab to withdraw their declaration of closing the airport. The UIC spokesman statement...

2008-09-20 15:00:31

Text of report by Somali pro-Puntland government website on 20 September Efforts are under way in Jowhar, Middle Shabeelle [southern Somalia] to operationalize the Jowhar airport, which is controlled by the Union of Islamic Courts [UIC]. The efforts are being led by some UIC members and follow the shutting down of Mogadishu's Adan Adde International Airport [by the Islamist Al-Shabab group]. The Mogadishu airport served passenger flights and those bringing humanitarian aid. Its closure is...

2008-09-20 12:00:37

Text of report by Somali independent Radio Gaalkacyo on 20 SeptemberPuntland has banned the airlines which obeyed Al-Shabab's order banning flights to Adan Adde International Airport in Mogadishu. Puntland has received a directive from the aviation department of the Transitional Federal Government and from the president of Somalia, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad, to ban the airlines that obeyed the order of Al-Shabab. A Puntland official has told Radio Gaalkacyo that the administration has decided...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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