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Loki
05-13-2006, 01:41 AM
130 dead in Somalia fighting (http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/africa/05/12/somalia/index.html)

At least 280 mainly civilians injured in clashes



MOGADISHU, Somalia (CNN) -- Bloody battles between transitional government forces and Islamic fighters have killed at least 130 people in Somalia's capital, mostly civilian bystanders, and wounded 280 others, hospital officials say.

The Sii-Sii neighborhood, a residential area of northern Mogadishu, was pounded by heavy artillery and mortar fire Friday as violence clashes continued for a sixth day.

The fighting spread later in the day to the neighboring district of Yaqshid, Reuters reported.

The transitional government forces are made of aligned warlords, while the Muslim fighters are a coalition of radical Islamic leaders, known as the Islamic Court Union.

On Thursday, Islamic troops battled with the government forces for control of a strategic road in Mogadishu, The Associated Press reported.
Thousands of families have begun to flee the capital, AP said.

Many residents described the fighting as the worst they have seen in more than a decade of lawlessness, the news agency reported.

"This is the first time we have witnessed people fighting in Somalia and targeting civilians in such a savage way," said Jama Mohamud told AP, while sitting with his injured wife in a local hospital.

Jama said all three of his children were killed when the family's house was struck by mortar shells.

Journalist Mohaned Amin told CNN the "killing is happening everywhere."
"People are very scared," he said.

The warlord alliance accuses the Islamic leaders of having ties to al Qaeda, the union says the warlords are puppets of the United States.

Islamic fundamentalists have portrayed themselves as a force capable of bringing order and peace to a country that has had no effective central government since 1991, when the dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted.

They have risen to prominence as a U.N.-backed transitional government has tried to assert control from Baidoa, 240 kilometers (150 miles) west of Mogadishu, because the capital is considered unsafe.

Some of the warlords behind the alliance are members of the transitional parliament, though they are fighting the Islamic group on their own.

Both sides have been gearing up for a major battle for control of the city in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, the U.N. Security Council ignored recommendations for targeted sanctions and a tighter existing arms embargo in Somalia, despite the spike in violence.( U.N. ignores Somalia sanctions plea (http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/africa/05/11/Somalia.UN.reut/index.html) )

The recommendations Wednesday had come from one of the council's own committees, which warned that warlords in Somalia -- a nation of 10 million --routinely violate the current arms embargo and have enriched themselves by selling fishing licenses and exporting charcoal.

Loki
05-13-2006, 01:47 AM
place is still a mess 13 yrs later...

another example of UN intervention/sanctions at work. :thumb:

Dave Lane
05-13-2006, 05:31 PM
That shows you how much better Iraq is now. If only Bush would invade a country like this he could have shown how great he really is.

Dave

Loki
05-13-2006, 07:56 PM
That shows you how much better Iraq is now. If only Bush would invade a country like this he could have shown how great he really is.

Dave
i don't think he's going to do much more invading considering the length of time left on his term and the condition of the US armed forces strength (size).

on a side note, AQ elements were in somalia in '93, and are more than likely there now.