Monday, June 05, 2006

MOGADISHU FALLS TO QAEDA LINKED ISLAMISTS

Mogadishu, Somalia. The site of one of the bloodiest military battles during Clintons administration has now fallen to islamic extremists...As the CIA was apparantly backing the secular warlords in this situation, this is an embarrasing loss for the US, and a victory for Al-Qaeda. Small victories like this will only continue to embolden these scum rats and provide more fodder for their expertly crafted propaganda machine....
An Islamic militia said Monday it has seized Somalia's capital after weeks of some of the bloodiest fighting in 15 years of anarchy in this Horn of Africa nation.

Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, chairman of the Islamic Courts Union, said his forces have fought off a secular alliance of warlords who have been trying to retain their grip on Somalia. The militia appeared in control of the capital, which was calm Monday.

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The Islamic militias have made steady gains in recent days, seizing the alliance base of Balad on Sunday and enlisting former alliance commanders. Their growing power is raising fears that the nation could fall under the sway of al-Qaida, like Afghanistan did under the Taliban.

The recent surge in violence started last month, killing more than 300 people and wounding 1,700, many of them civilians caught in the crossfire. The fundamentalists accuse their rivals of working for the CIA, while the alliance says the militias have links to al-Qaida.

The United States is widely believed to be backing the alliance but American officials have refused to confirm or deny that, saying only that they will support those who fight terrorism. The United States has carried out no direct military action in Somalia since a 1993 intervention resulted in the deaths of 18 servicemen.


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