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China Dominates America in Djibouti.

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The Chinese also want to protect their interests, and they are welcome,” said Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh in an interview with Agence France-Presse in May. Guelleh said that “discussions are ongoing” that will establish China’s first overseas naval base in Djibouti.

According to reports, China will send 10,000 troops to its new base in Obock, a port city in the north of the country. Obock is presently occupied by a small contingent of U.S. military personnel, but the Djibouti government has already asked the U.S. to vacate the site.

The Chinese will pay $100 million per year to the Djibouti government for use of the base. From there, the Chinese say they will be able to project power into the oceans surrounding the Horn of Africa and protect their ships from pirates.

China has also recently sent soldiers into Sudan to protect oil interests. With its new port facilities, China might find it easier to reinforce the ports and support other economic activities in Africa.

However, the main reason China has made its move into Djibouti is because of its strategic location at the narrow Bab el-Mandeb choke point leading into the Red Sea and the strategic Suez Canal. Growing percentages of China’s trade is with Europe, and its presence in Djibouti is a sign to the world that it is willing to take action to protect its trade routes.

It is probably not a coincidence that China’s announcement about its presence in Djibouti coincided with Egypt’s announcement that the Suez Canal expansion was complete.

This development will leave the United States with only one base in Djibouti—its only one in Africa—Camp Lemonnier. The U.S. currently has 4,500 military personnel there, and it is currently paying $63 million per year for use of the base—significantly less than China’s $100 million for Obock.

America started using Camp Lemonnier in 2001 to help in its fight against terrorism. It uses the base for gathering intelligence on the Islamic State, al Qaeda and their affiliates in both Africa and the Gulf region. Camp Lemonnier is also the United States’ main base of drone operations in the region, and it’s equipped with fighter jets and helicopters.

The Pentagon is worried about the viability of U.S. intelligence-gathering operations now that China plans to move in next door. It fears that China will intercept U.S. intelligence and compromise its operations.

A senior U.S. official told the Telegraph that China’s presence poses “serious security concerns with regard to Camp Lemonnier.” He said that there are “fears that if President Guelleh gets too close to China then he may be tempted to impose restrictions on U.S. access to the base.”

Some members of the U.S. Congress warned about China’s influence in the region and urged the Obama administration to prevent the establishment of a Chinese base in Djibouti.

The relationship between the U.S. and President Guelleh is already strained: Washington accuses him of dictatorial leadership, and it hopes that new elections could change those edgy relations. China is taking advantage of this strain as it has in other parts of Africa—a continent in which it invests about $200 billion every year.

“Barring drastic unforeseen change in China itself, this is the new normal,” said Alex Sullivan, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security. “There’s a much larger story, and this is emblematic,” he continued. “China is becoming more active in international security affairs than at any time in the history of the People’s Republic because they have an increasing global interest.”

In addition to its new base, China purchased a $185 million stake in the Port of Djibouti. It also has promised to invest $400 million to modernize Djibouti’s ports.

Foreign Affairs noted that if the United States doesn’t take decisive action to counter Chinese dominance, “Washington might find that the country hosting its only military base in sub-Saharan Africa owes more favors to China, its rising global rival, than to the United States itself.”

Djibouti’s location along the gateway that gives the world access to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal makes it strategically critical. As the United States rapidly loses control of sea gates around the world, China is moving in. To learn more about this trend, request our free book by Herbert W. Armstrong The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

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SNA kills over 20 Al-Shabaab militants killed in Awdhegle district

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The Somali National Army on Sunday, killed more than 20 fighters in a fierce clash that took place in the Awdhegle district of the Lower Shabelle region.

The operation, carried out with precision and determination, not only resulted in the eradication of a considerable number of militants but also led to the recovery of a substantial cache of weapons.

Deputy Minister of Information, Abdirahman Yusuf Al-adala, hailed the l military campaign, highlighting the magnitude of the triumph. He stated, “Our forces have slain over 20 Khawarij fighters, including senior commanders, and have forced them to flee, leaving their fallen comrades behind. We remain steadfast in our commitment to dismantling the terrorist network in this region and throughout our entire country.”

Horrific photographs from the battlefield, depicting the aftermath of the operation near Afgoye district in the same region, have emerged online.

The images vividly portray the grim consequences suffered by the defeated militants, emphasizing the overwhelming superiority of the Somali National Army in combat.

Al-Shabaab has long posed a significant threat to Somalia’s security and stability, constantly striving to undermine the progress made by the government and perpetuate a reign of fear.

The Somali National Army, supported by international partners, has intensified efforts to neutralize Al-Shabaab’s capabilities.

The upcoming second phase of the total war on Al-Shabaab is poised to further weaken the group, targeting its operational infrastructure and leadership.

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Security officials launch investigation as inter-clan conflicts plague Galkayo

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A young and highly regarded doctor was killed inside his health center in Galkacyo town on Saturday evening.

The assailant, dressed in a security uniform, entered the facility accompanied by two unarmed individuals before opening fire on Dr. Sakariye Abdi Jama, resulting in his immediate demise.

The incident, captured on CCTV footage, has sent shockwaves through the community and has raised concerns about the escalating tribal revenge killings that have plagued the northern part of Galkacyo town.

According to security officials, the gunmen swiftly fled the scene following the murder, leaving behind a sense of fear and vulnerability among the residents.

Local reports indicate that this targeted killing is connected to ongoing inter-clan conflicts that have marred the region.

The Puntland administration, responsible for maintaining law and order, now faces increased scrutiny for its perceived inability to effectively combat the rising tide of violence, particularly when it puts innocent civilians at risk.

Dr. Sakariye Abdi Jama, a prominent figure in the medical community, was widely respected for his dedication to providing quality healthcare services to the people of Galkacyo.

His death has left a void in the medical profession, and the community mourns the loss of a compassionate and talented doctor.

The incident has sparked outrage and concern among local residents, who fear that the persistent tribal revenge killings will further destabilize the region and hinder efforts to establish peace and security.

In response to the incident, security officials have launched a thorough investigation to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Authorities have vowed to enhance security measures in Galkacyo town, deploying additional resources to prevent further bloodshed and protect innocent lives.

The recent surge in tribal revenge killings has raised questions about the effectiveness of existing security strategies and initiatives.

Critics argue that the Puntland administration must urgently reassess its approach to combating violence, focusing on comprehensive measures that address the root causes of inter-clan conflicts and promote reconciliation among warring factions.

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President Mohamud Participates in Flag Raising Ceremony for 63rd Anniversary of Independence

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The President of the Federal Government of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, participated in the flag raising ceremony to mark the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the southern regions from the Italian colonies and the unity of the North and South regions of Somalia.

The ceremony, held at the Somali National Presidency, was attended by other top officials of the federal government, state governments, and other dignitaries.

The flag raising ceremony took place at around midnight, which coincided with the same time the flag was raised in Mogadishu on July 1, 1960, when the southern regions gained independence from the Italian colonial government. The president extended his congratulations to all Somalis for their hard work and resilience in the face of challenges.

The celebrations of the independence day are not limited to the capital city of Mogadishu, as many towns across Somalia are also commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the Southern regions from the Italian colonies and the unity of the North and South regions.

The feeling of joy and jubilation is evident in the capital city with people dressed in clothes made from the flag of the Republic of Somalia. The week-long celebrations of independence began on June 26, 2023, when the northern regions of Somalia gained independence from the British colony.

The unity of the North and South regions of Somalia was a significant milestone in the country’s history, as it brought together two separate territories with different colonial legacies. The union was seen as a symbol of hope and unity for the Somali people, who had suffered years of colonial rule and fragmentation.

However, the country has faced numerous challenges in the years since independence, including political instability, armed conflict, and humanitarian crises. The Somali government, with the support of its partners, has been working to address these challenges and promote peace, stability, and development in the country.

The celebrations of the Independence Day serve as a reminder of the resilience and determination of the Somali people in the face of adversity. As the country continues on its path towards progress and development, it is important to reflect on the achievements of the past and work towards a better future for all Somalis.

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