Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a US air strike, US officials say.
He and another male combatant were targeted as they rode in a vehicle in a remote area of Pakistan close to the Afghan border, the officials said.
The Pentagon has confirmed it targeted Mansour in strikes but said they were still assessing the results.
Mansour assumed the leadership in July 2015, replacing Taliban founder and spiritual head Mullah Mohammad Omar.
The operation took place near the town of Ahmad Wal at around 15:00 (10:00 GMT) on Saturday and was authorised by President Barack Obama.
Both Pakistan and Afghanistan were informed about the strike shortly after it took place, the White House said.
“We are still assessing the results of the strike and will provide more information as it becomes available,” said Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook.
An unnamed Taliban commander told the Reuters news agency: “We heard about these baseless reports but this not first time. Just wanted to share with you my own information that Mullah Mansour has not been killed.”
The death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, if confirmed, would be a big blow for the Taliban.
He was gradually tightening his grip on the movement by bringing into his fold other leading Taliban members, including a son and a brother of his predecessor Mullah Mohammed Omar, and by launching large scale attacks on Afghan security forces.
Under his leadership, the Taliban managed to capture an important city last year for the first time in 15 years.
Mansour also managed to silence the splinter Taliban group under Mullah Muhammad Rasool, which challenged his leadership, and is credited by his followers for containing so-called Islamic State in Taliban areas.
A vacuum created by his death would once again trigger a leadership struggle.
Somaliland Head To Polls For Councillors And MPs On May 31, 2021 Last updated May 31, 2021
Voters in the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland are heading to the polls on May, 31 to choose their member of parliament for the first time since 2005.
Somaliland broke off from mainland Somalia after the regime of Siad Barre in 1991.
The 5.2 Million citizens of Somaliland will be making yet another stab at global recognition as some 1.3 million voters head to the polls to choose 82 members of parliament and 247 local councils.
An election whose measure of democracy Somaliland hopes to use in its quest to certify its sovereignty.
Somaliland’s three political parties in the polls are opposition politicians Faisal Warabe’s UCID, Wadani led by another opposition leader Abdirahman Erye and President Muse Bihi Kulmiye party.
The elections is observed by over a hundred international observers including Uganda’s former opposition leader, Kizza Besigye and ex-president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Korma.
”Our visit to the headquarters of the Somaliland National Electoral Commission left us with a good impression about the Commission’s preparedness to conduct peaceful and credible elections,” said in a Twitter post.
The elections are taking place in six regions of Somaliland, namely Awdal, Sahil, Marodi-Jeeh, Toghdeer, Sanaag and Sool.
3 Somalia Regional States Say No To Farmaajo Term Extension.
The regional state leaders of Southwest, HirShabelle, and Galmudug allied with incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo have opposed to any form of extension on Tuesday evening.
In a joint statement Galmudug and HirShabelle called for dialogue based on 17 September pact.
“We agreed that the country should hold elections as soon as possible and that any form of extension should be abolished,” read part of the joint statement by HirShabelle and Galmudug.
Southwest leader Abdiaziz laftagaren also opposed the term extension of the President just an hour after Galmudug and HirShabelle released a joint statement.
The move by the three regional states allied to President was welcomed by Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble who also instructed the military commanders to pull back forces to their locations and barracks.
“I would like to welcome the press statements made by Galmudug and HirShabelle federal states, ” PM Roboe said in a statement.
“I call on the FMS states of Puntland and Jubaland and Benadir region to fully commit to a peaceful process in our efforts to hold free and inclusive election, ” he added.
United Nations, United Kingdom, United States and opposition leaders including former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud commended the move by the regional states.
“The UN in Somalia noting statements by Qoorqqor, Ali Gudlawe, PM Roble and others recalls int’l partners position: consensus is vital for any electoral process; only 17 September model can be endorsed by FGS and all FMS; all parties must reject violence and resume dialogue, ” the United Nations said.
The development comes as families in some parts of Mogadishu fleed from their residences and moved to other district followings clashes.
Somali Gov’t Warns Al-Shabaab & ISIS Will Capitalize On SNA Faction Clashes.
Somali National Security Minister Hassan Hundubey has warned opposition groups to be wary of “unknown elements” including Al-Shabaab and Daesh who might seek to use the current crisis to inflict harm to the public.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday said that the government may take action to confront people with the “behaviour of militias” who are taking advantage of the situation.
“The government has enough troops to take control of the city. It is Ramadan, but more actions need to be taken to prevent it.” mr. Hundebey said.
”The reason the prime minister called for dialogue is that the government does not want the fighting to affect the residence,” he added.
The remarks by the interior minister come hours after the international partners strongly condemned the outbreak of violence in the capital.
“We are alarmed especially by the emerging fragmentation of the Somali National Army along clan lines, which detracts from its primary task of combating Al Shabab and protecting the Somali population. Use of security forces for the pursuit of political objectives is unacceptable” the statement read in part.
As tensions increase in Mogadishu following Sunday clashes between government soldiers and those who were against President Farmaajo’s two years term extension.
Somalida ku nool dalka Kenya oo dhac loo geeystay
Maamulka Gobolka Banaadir Oo wasa Diyaar Garowgii Udambeeyay Ee Todobaadka Xurriyadda
Madaxda DF Iyo Madaxda maamul Goboleedyada Oo Shir Isugu Imaanaya, Kadib Heshiiskii La Gaaray
Kalluumeysatada somaliya oo soo dhaweeyay heshiiskii ganasi ee dhaxmaray Soomaaliya iyo Itoobiya
Madaxweynaha maamul Gobileedka Hirshabeele oo war ka soo saaray Dilkii Guddoomiyaha dhalinyarada Gobolka Hiiraan
Madaxweynaha Dalka oo Bogaadiyay Dadaaladda Xukuumadda ee awood siinta ganacsatada Soomaliyeed
Madaxweynaha maamulka Goboleedka Koonfur Galbeed oo Bulshada Waajid kala hadlay furitaanka wadooyinka uxiran Al-shabaab
Maamulka Gobolka Banaadir Oo Taagero Ka Helay Turkiga.
Lafta-gareen iyo Wafdi uu Hogaaminayo Ayaa Gaaray Degmada Waajid ee Gobolka Bakool.
Janan Ayaa Safar ugu Ambabaxay Dalka Itoobiya.
Wasiir ku-xigeenka Warfaafinta Oo Gaaray Cadaado.
Madaxweyne Farmaajo Oo Hadbalyo U diray Antonio Guterres.
Madaxweynaha Soomaaliland Oo Maanta Daah-Furay Imtixaanaadka Shahaadiga.
Muwaadinka Soomaaliyeed Oo Lagu Dilay Dalka Koonfur Afrika.
Soomaaliya Oo Ka Qeyb Galaysa Shurka Antalya.
Madaaxweynaha Wadanka Nigeria oo ku baaqay dagaal ka dhan ah Boko Haraam
Madaxweynaha Maamulka Jubland oo Gudoomiyay shirka Golaha Wasiirada .
Guddoomiyaha Gobolka Banaadir Oo shir gudoomiyay kulan looga hadlayay horumarinta Daqliga gobolka Banaadir
Barlamaanka maamulka Puntland oo dood kayeelanaya Shirkadda DP world
Madaxweynaha Dalka oo ku wajahan Turkyga
Rasmi Ramos oo ka tagay Naadiga Real madrid
Wasiiradda Arimaha Dibadda Somaliya iyo kan Knya oo Wada Hadlay
qasaaro dhimasho Iyo Dhaawac ka dhashay Shil gaari oo K dhacay Dowlad Deegaanka Soomalida
Hey’addaha Ammaanka oo soo bandhigay Taleefan Nambar oo shacabka ka soo wici karaan
Saldhig cusub oo boolis oo maanta laga furay Garoonka Aadan Cadde (Daawo Sawirada)
Kulan ay isgu yimaadeen Golaha Odayaasha dhaqanka Qowmiyadda Beelaha Banaadiriga iyo Golaha Isbadal doon ka siyaasada banaadiriga ayaa waxa ay kasoosaareen war saxaafadeed
Yuusuf Maxamed Siyaad (Indha Cadde) oo ka hadlay sababaha keenay in al-shabaab puntland gaaraan
Maxkamadda Ciidamada Qalabka Sida oo 3 Ruux xukun ku riday
Baarlamaanka Somaliya, ayaa weli ku guda jira la xisaabtanka Xukuumadda Ra’iisul Wasaare Cumar C/rashiid Cali Sharmaake
Amp: Somaliya u fadhida Pakistan ayaa kulan la qaadatay wasiirada wax barashada iyo caafimaadka ee dalka Pakistan.
Maxamed Cabdi Afey ayaa sheegay in dadaal u geli doonaan sidii Maxkamadda caalamiga xafiis uga furan laheyd Soomaaliya
Golaha Aqalka Sare ee Dalaka Ayaa Canbaareeyey Falkii Ka Dhacay Guriga Cabdi qaybdiid
C/raxmaan C/shakuur “Waa in baaritaan madax banaan lagu sameeyo hantida laga dhacay Bankiga Dhexe”
Wasaaradda Owqaafta iyo Arrimaha Diinta ayaa Soo Saartay War Saxaafadeed ku wajahan Maamullada Masaajidda iyo Xarumaha Diinta
Somali President comfirms 180 Kenyan troops killed in el-Ade attack
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United Nations, AMISOM, IGAD, EU and UK congratulate Ahmed Madobe on Presidential elections
Madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh oo Muqdisho ku soo laabtay
The African Union Commission rejects allegations of human rights violations by Amisom troops
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Madaxweyne Erdogan; “Israel waa Dal Argagaxiso ahna Dilaaga Carruurta.”
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