Hussein Arab Isse (Somali: Xuseen Carab Ciise, Arabic: حسين عرب عيسى‎), also spelled Hussein Arab Issa, is a Somali politician. He was the Minister of Defence and the Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia from 20 July 2011 to 4 November 2012.


Isse hails from the Reer Iidle Ciidangale sub-clan of the Garxajis Isaaq clan. He holds dual Somali and American citizenship.[1]


On 20 July 2011, Isse was appointed Somalia's Minister of Defence and a Deputy Prime Minister by the new Premier Abdiweli Mohamed Ali.[1] He succeeded Abdihakim Mohamoud Haji-Faqi in office.

On 18 October 2011, Isse and other Transitional Federal Government (TFG) officials hosted a Kenyan delegation in Mogadishu to discuss security issues cooperation against Al-Shabaab as part of the ongoing coordinated Operation Linda Nchi.[2] Isse and Kenya's Minister of Defence Mohamed Yusuf Haji then signed an agreement to collaborate against the insurgent group.[3] In early June 2012, Kenyan forces were formally integrated into AMISOM.[4]

On 4 November 2012, Isse's term as Defence Minister of Somalia ended, as new Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon reassigned Haji-Faqi to the portfolio.[5]


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  2. ^ "SomaliaReport: Kenya and Somalia Agree to Fight Al-Shabaab". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "PM - Somali President speaks out against Kenyan invasion 25/10/2011". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Kenya: Defense Minister appointed as acting Internal Security Minister". Garowe Online. 19 June 2012. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Somalia: Prime Minister Unveils His New Cabinet". Shabelle Media Network. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.