But analysts say the hardline militants cannot achieve their ultimate goal of laying siege to Mogadishu, the capital, while powerful Ethiopian troops remain stationed in the once-beautiful city on the shore of the Indian Ocean.
Somalia's two-year insurgency has already killed thousands and will likely continue as fighters consolidate territory, undermining peace talks between more moderate opposition members and the government. The U.N. has tried to advance the talks, but a recent deal seems only to have worsened the violence. more..http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Nov12/0,4670,AFSomalia,00.html
Two Somali Pirates Killed In Shoot-Out With British Navy
Britain and Russia cooperate in piracy incident
The British navy has joined with a Russian ship to kill three Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden as they tried to hijack a Danish cargo ship.The men were killed when a Royal Navy crew returned fire as they intercepted a boat in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, south of Yemen.Britain's HMS Cumberland was in the region as part of a NATO mission to protect shipping after scores of pirate attacks on ships.It was joined by a Russian frigate Neustrashimy from Russia's Baltic Sea Fleet which supplied a helicopter to assist in the battle as the pirates shot at the Danish vessel with automatic weapons.
Another city in Somalia falls to Islamist insurgents
Britain drafts new UN Somalia sanctions-diplomats
would impose new U.N. sanctions on anyone contributing to violence and instability in Somalia, U.N. Security Council diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday.
The draft resolution, distributed to the 15 members of the Security Council, calls for asset freezes and travel bans for anyone engaging in or supporting violence in Somalia, including individuals or companies that violate a 1992 U.N. arms embargo against the lawless Horn of Africa country. more..http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N12311921.htm
Islamists Impose Sharia Law on Somali Port Town
Islamic Courts fighters arrested and whipped 32 dancers just south of Mogadishu. Three Somalis were killed during fighting north of Mogadishu. Fighting between Islamic Courts members broke out again in Jowhar. Somalia's president said the Transitional Federal Government has collapsed.