June 05, 2006

Islamist militia take control of Mogadishu, Somalia's capital

After week of renewed violence that the media have largely ignored, the Somalian militia of the Union of Islamist Courts, fighting the traditional warlords entrenched in the capital, have declared their control of Mogadishu.

Some info on who this group is can be found here.

Somalia has been without effective government since 1991, and clan rivalries still dominate. The warlords that effectively destroyed the previous dictatorship have been in control of the capital for 15 years, but apparantly, that's come to an end.

The Union of Islamists Courts have gained strength and support from the population simply because they offer hope of stability. However, the worry is that members of the group are pushing for a full blown Islamist state, while the impotent "transitional government" lies helplessly in some town called Baidoa, which is lining up to be the next target.

This is particularly concerning for the US who are rumoured to be financially supporting the warlords in their fight against the militia, on the back of fears of Al–Qaeda links and terrorist training camps within Somalian borders.

As always, the general population suffer the most. On top of this, Mogadishu is the only capital in the world where the UN humanitarian staff do not have access. With an estimated 250,000 people displaced and a shortfall of $191 million of the $326 million the UN says is urgently needed, the situation is dire.

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  1. John

    Peace in Somali is like water in a desert. The only way the situation could possibly be repaired is if US Central Command backed by the UN deployed large numbers of ground troops into the country for a sustained period of time. The last forray by US troops into the hellhole that is Mogadishu resulted in disaster but the hit–and–run style missions US Rangers were undertaking were not really effective attempts to restore order.

    Though with worldwide support for the US at an all–time low and with US Central Command tied up in both Aghanistan and Iraq I doubt the US will be seeking to get too involved in this situation.

    If an Islamic state does get setup then it will no doubt be similar to the Taliban one that existed in Afghanistan. Sharia law will no doubt be enforced to the full and the lives of the citizens will probably be no better than they are now.

    The US have a big worry about al–Qaeda prescence in Somalia and there have been rumours around since the early 1990s that al–Quaeda have been supplying militia with weapons such as RPGs as well as training and support. The idea of the US financially supporting warlords who are anti–al Qaeda is definitely a possibility.

    05 Jun 2006, 23:54

  2. Gareth Herbert

    I would certainly support funding of the warlords given the situation although the inevitable downside is that all those seeking to "understand the root causes" of terrorism can add "funding Somali warlords" to their long list of 'grievances' suffered by the international community at the hands of the US.

    A little partisan and off topic perhaps.

    10 Jun 2006, 07:24

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