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US Treasury Designates 2 Eritrean Colonels for Fueling Instability in Somalia
Treasury Designates Six People for Fueling Instability in Somalia
By Kristina Peterson | Nasdaq.com
WASHINGTON–The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday designated six individuals suspected of fueling violence and instability in Somalia.
Treasury targeted two Eritrean government officials, a Sudanese extremist based in Somalia and three Kenyan supporters of al-Shabaab, a group previously identified as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in February 2008. Thursday's actions followed an executive order issued in April 2010 to target individuals and groups engaging in acts that threaten peace, security or stability in Somalia, either directly or indirectly.
"The United States is determined to target those who are responsible for the ongoing bloodshed and instability in Somalia," Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control Director Adam Szubin said in a statement. "By designating these individuals today we are taking action to support our partner governments in East Africa and the African Union Mission in Somalia in their efforts to dismantle al-Shabaab."
Treasury noted that the dispersal of the individuals across three countries highlighted "the regional nature of the conflict in Somalia."
The individuals targeted by the Treasury Department on Thursday include Col. Tewolde Habte Negash, an Eritrean intelligence officer; Col. Taeme Abraham Goitom, a senior government official in Eritrea; Suhayl Salim Abd-Ed-Rahman, a Somalia-based Sudanese extremist; Aboud Rogo Mohammed, an Islamic cleric based in Kenya; Omar Awadh Omar, a Kenyan national, and Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, also based in Kenya.
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State of Eritrea ሃገረ ኤርትራ Hagere Ertra دولة إرتريا
Anthem: Ertra, Ertra, Ertra Eritrea, Eritrea, Eritrea
Capital (and largest city) Asmara
15°20′N 38°55′E / 15.333°N 38.917°E / 15.333; 38.917
Official language(s) Tigrinya, Arabic, English Other languages Tigre, Saho, Bilen, Afar, Kunama, Nara, Hedareb,.
Ethnic groups 60% Tigrinya, 30% Tigre, 4% Afar, 3% Saho, 3% Kunama
Demonym Eritrean Government Provisional government
- President Isaias Afewerki
- From Italy November 1941
- From United Kingdom under UN Mandate 1951
- from Ethiopia de facto 24 May 1991
- From Ethiopia de jure 24 May 1993
- Total 117,600 km2 (100th)
45,405 sq mi - Water (%) 0.14%
- 2009 estimate 5,224,000 (109th)
- 2008 census 5,291,370
- Density 43.1/km2 (165th)
GDP (PPP) 2010 estimate
- Total $3.625 billion
- Per capita $681
GDP (nominal) 2010 estimate
- Total $2.117 billion
- Per capita $397
HDI (2007) steady 0.472 (low) (165th)
Currency Nakfa (ERN)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
- Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+3)
Drives on the right
ISO 3166 code ER
Internet TLD .er
Calling code 291
1 ,. National TV: Eritrea Television (ERI-TV)
Eritrea (play /ˌɛrɨˈtreɪ.ə/ or /ˌɛrɨˈtriːə/; Ge'ez: ኤርትራ ʾErtrā, Arabic: إرتريا Iritrīyā), officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa. The capital is Asmara. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. The northeast and east of the country has an extensive coastline on the Red Sea, directly across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands are part of Eritrea. Eritrea's size is approximately 117,600 km2 (45,406 sq mi) with an estimated population of 6 million...