December 17, 2006

Dec. 17, 2006: Mogadishu

Mogadishu drums out a message of war , Abdullahi Hassan, Mogadishu, and Rob Crilly, Nairobi -- , via starboardside

ARMS are flooding into the city by sea and air, mosques are filled with a call to jihad and foreign fighters are arriving by the planeload: Mogadishu is once again braced for war.

For 15 years Somalia has been kept in near-constant anarchy by warlords intent on carving their own personal fiefdoms. Now the powerful Somali Islamic Courts Council, which restored a transient peace to the capital and seized much of the south of the country, is on a collision course with the near-impotent official interim government and its Ethiopian backers that could suck the entire Horn of Africa into conflict. [....]

No fear - photo


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