Sool, Somalia

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Dervish fort in Taleh.
Dervish fort in Taleh.
Location in Somalia.
Location in Somalia.
Country Somalia
CapitalLas Anod
 • Type Somaliland
 • Total327,428 [1]
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
HDI (2017)0.327[2]
low · 8th

Sool (Somali: Sool, Arabic: سول‎) is an administrative region in Somalia.


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


The Sool region consists of 4 districts.[3]

Territorial dispute

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, with its new capital at Lasanod.[4] From 2003 until October 2007, Sool was administered by Puntland, a territory with a similar clan composition.[5] In 2007, forces from Somaliland assumed control of the region.

In the late 2000s, HBM-SSC (Hoggaanka Badbaadada iyo Mideynta SSC), a local unionist opposition group whose goal is to establish its own regional administration (Sool, Sanaag and Cayn or SSC), was formed.[5] The group engaged with talks with the government of Somaliland which resulted in their participation in the political process, and as a result of the negotiations SSC has been included in the current government of Somaliland [6]

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Sool Region" (PDF). Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Somalia (1988)". CIA. December 1988. Retrieved 21 February 2007.
  5. ^ a b Somaliland’s Quest for International Recognition and the HBM-SSC Factor
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 26 February 2017.

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