27 June 2014

Somalia: Somaliland Troops Pull Out of Taleh

Somaliland regional administration forces pulled out of Taleh district in the disputed Sool region early Thursday morning (June 26th) after being stationed in the town since June 12th, Somalia's RBC Radio reported.

Somaliland administration officials made no comment on the reasons for the troop withdrawal, however the move comes one day after senior Somaliland officials including Interior Minister Ali Mohamed Waranadde visited the district. Waranadde addressed local residents and promised that the administration would fund development projects to improve residents' lives.

Puntland Vice President Abdihakim Abdullahi Haji Omar on Thursday vowed to respond to Somaliland's "aggression", but did not say whether Puntland would launch a military attack.

"Our policy towards Sool, Sanaag and Ayn regions is evident... we will regain back our land," he said according to Horseed Media.

Garowe Online reported that the troops have retreated to Huddun, where they retain a military presence, and that Somaliland Minister of State Hirsi Ali Haji Hassan accompanied trucks carrying food aid when he visited Taleh on Tuesday.

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