Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia

The Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) was a Somali political party. A successor to the Islamic Courts Union, it was launched in September 2007.[1]

Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia
LeaderSheikh Sharif Ahmed
HeadquartersAsmara (Sep. 2007–Jan. 2009)
Djibouti (June 2008–Jan. 2009)

History of the ARSEdit

Members of the Islamic Courts Union and Somali opposition leaders united to form a political party. Roughly 400 delegates, including former Islamic Courts Union, ICU Executive chairman Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, former TFG Speaker of Parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, and the former TFG Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Mohamed Farrah, approved a constitution and committee. A 191-member Central Committee was chaired by Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden. Hassan Dahir Aweys explicitly stated he did not hold any formal position in the Alliance.[2] Reporters at the Somali Congress for Liberation and Reconstitution in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea said the alliance would be unlikely to be Islamist-led as the opposition would be hoping to draw on the broad political support and fundraising opportunities of the Somali diaspora.[3]

The Djibouti AgreementEdit

The Djibouti Agreement was a peace agreement signed by the ARS and the Transitional Federal Government in 2008.


  1. ^ "Our mission is liberation, says Somali Islamist leader". 22 May 2008.
  2. ^ "BBC NEWS - Africa - Somali insurgents attack police". Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  3. ^ "New Somali alliance threatens war". BBC. 12 September 2007.