“We are not sure who is responsible,” said Hussein Samatar, a community leader and uncle to a 17-year-old who traveled to Somalia. “But we, as a community, believe they have to be held accountable.” more,..http://www.sctimes.com/article/20081207/NEWS01/112070003
Missing Twin Cities Somalis, terror ties probedhttp://www.startribune.com/local/35108894.html?elr=KArksD:aDyaEP:kD:aUnOiP3UiacyKUnciatkEP7DhUYoung Somali men missing from Minneapolishttp://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2008/11/29/minn-star-tribune-leaves-out-important-part-u-s-terror-recruitin
For the past 17 years, Somalia has been ripped apart by anarchy, violence, famine and greed. It seems as though things there can never get worse. But then they do. more..http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/world/africa/07somalia.html?em
Although the movement is divided by competing ideologies and goals, it has nonetheless made many gains recently through a combination of brutal force and political dialogue.
The militant wing, Shabab, which claims affiliation to Al Qaeda, now controls 90% of southern Somalia, including parts of the capital, Mogadishu. The moderate faction signed a peace deal with Somalia’s transitional government that could hand it half the seats in parliament.
Islamists who fled two years ago after their defeat by Ethiopian troops who had crossed the border to prop up Somalia’s government are reemerging to assert their authority in several cities, often imposing strict Islamic laws against dancing, drinking or conducting business during prayer time. They’re even starting to flex their muscles again to halt piracy offshore.
“They’re back with a bang,” said Rashid Abdi, Somalia analyst at International Crisis Group, a conflict-resolution think tank. “They actually control more territory now than they did in 2006.” more..http://articles.latimes.com/2008/12/07/news/fg-somalia-islamists7
Video: Community Leader Speaks Out