Somalia’s warlords agree to disarm and join army – Somalia’s warlords have agreed to disarm and join a new national army, a government official said today as violence in the capital brought home the challenge of restoring order in this fractious and heavily armed country.
One of Somalia’s most powerful warlords, Mohamed Qanyare Afrah, told the AP after the meeting the war lords were “fed up” with guns and ready to cooperate with the government.
However, another warlord spelled out a warning.
“If the government is ready to reconcile its people and chooses the right leadership, I hope there is no need to revolt against it,” said Muse Sudi Yalahow, whose fighters control north Mogadishu. “If they fail and lose the confidence of the people, I think they would be called new warlords. keep your fingers crossed
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Somalia Update III
U.S. forces hunt al Qaeda in Somalia – U.S. officials said American troops were hunting al Qaeda fighters in Somalia on Thursday as residents reported new fighting between Islamic militiamen and Somali and Ethiopian forces.
The fighting early Thursday in southern Somalia set off a brush fire, residents said by two-way radio. There were reports of as many as 35 deaths.
The fighting comes after Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said his forces were carrying out mop-up operations against Islamic militants in the extreme southern corner of Somalia and that he expected to withdraw his troops within a few weeks.
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U.S. Is Not Saying Who, or What, Was Hit in Somalia Raid
Two days after the United States launched an airstrike against alleged al-Qaeda terrorists in southern Somalia, U.S. officials declined yesterday to provide details of who, or what, was hit.
In Mogadishu, the Somali capital, reports circulated that as many as 50 people, many of them civilians, were killed in the attack by a U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship. U.S. officials said they are fairly certain that at least one targeted individual was hit; they said they had no informatio
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Seems to me that the esteemed Ethiopian troops were not as capable after all. My guess is they were not getting enough accomplished before Bush’s speech. ~ candy
“Many dead” after U.S. strikes in Somalia – A U.S. attack plane killed many people with barrages of gunfire in a remote Somali village occupied by Islamists thought to be hiding at least one al Qaeda suspect, a Somali government source said on Tuesday.
In the first known direct U.S. military intervention in Somalia since a failed peacekeeping mission that ended in 1994, an AC-130 plane rained gunfire on the desolate southern village of Hayo near the Kenyan border late on Monday.
“I understand there are so many dead bodies and animals in the village,” the senior source told Reuters.
The U.S. Navy also confirmed it had moved the aircraft carrier Eisenhower to the Somali coast — Africa’s longest — to beef up a naval cordon it had already put there as the Islamists sought refuge in the remote southern tip.
“They are, with other ships, making sure that terrorists are not able to use the sea as a means of transport,” said Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet, which is based in the Gulf state of Bahrain.click on map to see larger version
U.S. targeted al Qaeda suspects in Somalia-report
A U.S. gunship conducted a strike against two suspected al Qaeda operatives in southern Somalia, but it was not known whether the mission was successful, CBS News reported on Monday.