October 01, 2006

Oct. 1, 2006: Somalia

Somali Islamists gaining ground, Oct. 1, 06, The Weekend Australian


[....] "I want to tell you that residents in Lower Shabelle region have handed the administration of the region to the Islamic courts and we have cordially received the offer,'' Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, chairman of the Islamic courts said in a speech at the handover ceremony.

"You know this region has long been one of the local militia-controlled regions in Somalia, but from today on, the Islamic courts will expand its rule around all its parts by implementing Sharia law,'' he said.

[....] The takeover was the second major territorial gain in nearly a week after they seized control of the port town of Kismayo, about about 500km south of Mogadishu, and which was held by a defence minister in the feeble government of President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed. [....]

via Forum, link posted by starboardside, comment from rosemarie59


Nobody cares because it's in Africa. Weren't the French supposed to take care of this area?


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