) is a province located in the northeastern interior of the Horn of Africa
. The regional capital of Sool is Las Anod
(Laascaanood) and the region is historically known for the anti-colonial movement called Darwiish
Sool is a disputed region, claimed as sovereign
territory by the two self-proclaimed but internationally-unrecognized states of Somaliland
, as well as defined as part of the Somali Republic
according to the 2004 Transitional Federal Charter
of the Transitional Federal Government
(TFG). During 2006
, the Islamic Courts Union
(ICU) also incorporated sharia
courts in Sool region into their loose alliance, though their military forces never occupied the region.
Under the government of Siad Barre, Sool was not a separate region, but part of the larger Nugaal province, with the capital city of Garowe. It was separated from Nugaal in the 1980s.
Since 2003 and until October 2007, Sool has been under control of Puntland. After the conflict of 2007, Sool has stayed to be part of puntland, as the Dhulbahnte clan own by the Sool region of Somalia refused to become part of separtiest Somaliland State.