Puntland and the International Community now know from.different sources including an independent observer and scholar, Dr. Markus Hoehne, that Somaliland or elements in Somaliland Administration and business community are involved in the attacks from hide-outs in the mountains of Galgala in Puntland by militant insurgents of Al-Shabab against peace and stability in Puntland. The terrorist act in Djibouti this year against the peaceful people of that country also leads to cells in Hargeisa. There are reports allegingly linking some recent terror attacks in Mogadishu to organizers in Somaliland, who run cells of saboteurs and assassins in Mogadishu.

It is now an open secret that Somaliland Administration is engaged in major underhand political operations in Mogadishu by using the Dir MPs through intimidation and funding to insure the status of security chaos in South-Central Somalia is maintained. Somaliland is doing all these covert operations with the sole policy objective of prolonging the civil war in Southern Somalia in order to secure the now elusive “Somaliland Recognition” (Goni-Usu-Taag).

As they lately see diminishing returns of  that ambitious project on unilateral secession, they are now desperate in Hargeisa to do more of the same. That is why one sees or hears a lot of inside fighting, finger-pointing and contradictions in Somaliland these days in the run-up to the challenging and controversial general elections.

What else could be done besides Puntland defending itself? Does Puntland need external security support against this Somaliland-Al-Shabab threat? What could be done against Somaliland political meddling and security sabotage in Mogadishu?

Have your say on this issue.

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:

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