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Somalia : the new frontier in the "war on terror"

19 January 2007

Somalia has become the new frontier in the war on terror, joining the unpopular club of Afghanistan and Iraq, a situation that is worrying the rest of Africa. The only difference is that President George W. Bush sent U.S. troops to get rid of the Taliban in Kabul and Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, after Sep. 11. Bush is using the same soldiers to hunt down what he calls « terrorists ».

In Somalia, Bush’s dirty work is being handled by Ethiopia. Ethiopian troops, backing Somalia’s weak Transitional Federal Government (TFG), drove out a radical Islamic militia group from the capital Mogadishu on Dec. 28, 2006. The Islamists, who had become popular, had restored some semblance of stability after 15 years of lawlessness. Somalia has no effective central authority since the fall of the dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. After getting rid of Barre, the rebels then turned on each other. The Islamists had taken control of Mogadishu after defeating pro-U.S. warlords in June last year. Read more

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