Sool

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Sool
Region
Dervish fort in Taleh.
Dervish fort in Taleh.
Location in Somalia.
Location in Somalia.
Country  Somalia
Capital Las Anod
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Sool (Somali: Sool, Arabic: سول‎) is an administrative region (gobol) in northern Somalia.[1]

Overview[edit]

With its capital at Las Anod, Sool is historically known for being the seat of the anti-colonial Dervish (Darwiish) movement.

The region is disputed between Somaliland, the autonomous Puntland, and HBM-SSC (Hoggaanka Badbaadada iyo Mideynta SSC), a local unionist group whose goal is the creation of its own regional administration (Sool, Sanaag and Cayn or SSC).[2]

Demographics[edit]

The region is mainly inhabited by people from the Somali ethnic group, with the Dhulbahante subdivision of the Harti confederation of Darod sub-clans especially well represented.[3]

Territorial dispute[edit]

Under the government of Siad Barre, Sool was not a separate region but part of the larger Nugaal province, with its capital at Garowe. It was separated from Nugaal in the 1980s.[4]

From 2003 until October 2007, Sool was administered by Puntland, a territory with a similar clan composition.[2] In 2007, forces from Somaliland occupied the region and assumed control. There is strong opposition against the presence of Somaliland troops in the region.[2]

In the late 2000s, HBM-SSC (Hoggaanka Badbaadada iyo Mideynta SSC), a local unionist group whose goal is to establish its own regional administration (Sool, Sanaag and Cayn or SSC), was formed.[2]

Districts[edit]

The Sool region consists of four districts:[5]

Major towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Regions of Somalia
  2. ^ a b c d Somaliland’s Quest for International Recognition and the HBM-SSC Factor
  3. ^ Royal African Society, African affairs, Volume 101, Issues 402-405, (Oxford University Press: 2002), p.103.
  4. ^ "Somalia (1988)". CIA. December 1988. Retrieved 2007-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Sool Region". Retrieved 30 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: 8°23′46″N 47°41′29″E / 8.39611°N 47.69139°E / 8.39611; 47.69139