Somalia

Somalia and the United States: A Long and Troubled History

By Herman J. Cohen Washington, DC — The arrival of the film “Blackhawk Down” in cinemas in the United States and around the world reminded Americans that Somalia has never been far from the center of Washington’s national security concerns. This vivid memory of the tragedy that befell American soldiers and Mogadishu fighters on October 3, 1993, comes at a ...

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Somalia: a history of events from 1950

The Somali capital Mogadishu, December 1969 Since this picture was taken, Somalia has experienced almost continual conflict and insecurity. Here, we chart a brief history of the country. The story begins in 1950, when Italian Somaliland (southern Somalia) became a UN trust territory under Italian administration. Renamed Somalia six years later, the country was granted internal autonomy and subsequently held ...

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Somalia profile – Timeline

A chronology of key events: Somali capital: Mogadishu The old port: Historic heart of Mogadishu Emerged as Arab settlement in 10th century Bought by Italy in 1905 Capital of independent Somalia from 1960 Estimated population: 1 million The Horn of Africa has been home to Somalis since ancient times. 13th-17th centuries – Ajuran Sultanate dominates much of the Horn of Africa ...

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Somalia Bans Old Antonov Planes From Its Airspace

FILE – A passenger airplane sits at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 3, 2016. The country’s aviation authorities have banned multiple types of Antonov planes, effective March 15, 2019. The Somali government is banning four types of Antonov airplanes from flying in Somali airspace, citing safety reasons. The Somali Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) says the AN-24, AN-26, AN-32 and ...

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