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June 29, 2019

Condolences to the Family of Mohamed Qanyare Afrax.

I knew Mohamed Qanyare as a political heavy weight, among South Central warlords of Somalia. He used to say at Somali National Peace and Reconciliation Processes that “every man should be allowed to have a say equal to the sizes of his guns and width of their barrels”

Mr Afrax led a warlord/political coalition of anti-Hirab, another loose warlord/political confederation of Habar-Gedir and Mudulood. He always felt vulnerable and threatened by Hirab’s possible conspiracy against his Murursade clan. He alone had been challenging Hirab hegemony in Mogadishu throughtout the course of the Civil War – the same political threat Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre is feeling now in Mogadishu.

To confront real and perceived security threats, he had managed to establish a strong militia base in Daniile quarters of Mogadishu with a well-ran airstrip connecting his fiefdom to East Africa and beyond. Later, he was the head of the CIA -funded Mogadishu warlord organization,

The Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism,

supposedly fighting terrorism and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), but at the same time opposing the TFG of Somalia that was then just created in 2004, and in which he was also a member, together with his other warlord colleagues.

This is how the USA Intelligence Services in their “War on Terrorism” had messed up Somalia’s File once again.

Mr. Afrax was a shrewd businessman and smart negotiator.

He will be missed by residents of Daniile, his friends and colleagues in Puntland as well


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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