Somaliland: Puntland Rumours of War Results in Massive Deployment

By: Yusuf M Hasan

BADAN (Somalilandsun) – The Somaliland Armed Forces have established a land based beachhead outside Badan District in Sanaag Region.

The heavily armed deployment of specialized battalions has been spearheaded by the Somaliland minister of defence Abdilahi Haji Adami who has been constantly in the country’s eastern most regions for the past couple of months.

The build-up in Sanaag region which comes in the heels of similar ones in Sool region is as a deterrence to the now intention of visiting Badan by President Abdiweli Gaas of the Somalia Administrative region of Puntland.

Akin wants to visit Buhodle by the deputy Puntland president Abdikarim Haji Amay were deterred by the deployed of armored and commando units by the Somaliland army within striking distance of Garowe and Bossaso thence his, Amay, never fulfilled mission if visiting Buhodle thence ferment trouble.

As late as this week during a visit to Jigjiga Ethiopia, Gaas whose presidential campaign pledge was to annex parts of Somaliland inhabited by his Darood clansmen told the Zone Five president of Ethiopia that his next move is visiting Badan and establishing his administratio0n there.

According to military sources the aim of the deployment is not to exactly deter incursions by Puntland forces but to actually effect the capture of Abdiweli Gaas and members of his entourage for prosecution in Hargeisa.

Other reports indicate that a high level Puntland government team dispatched by Gaas to make arrangements for his visit left the town in a hurry prior to establishment of the army’s dry land beachhead in the outskirts of Badan

For sometime RUMOURS OF WAR from Puntland facilitated by loud drumbeats from Garowe by Gaas have been left to fallow by the Hargeisa government until warnings issued by two senior officials in the names of Dr Hagaltosie the minister of Health and UCID opposition party chair Eng Feisal Warabe.

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