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Islamic Courts Ban AL-Islah Religious Ceremony
ISSUE 239
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The UK To Increase
Assistance For Somaliland Police

Ottawa And The Deputy Speaker Of The Somaliland Parliament

Somalia's Islamists Seize Pirate Strongholds

Prevention Of Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission Starts

France Agrees To UN Court Hearing Its Dispute With Djibouti Over Immunity Of Witnesses

Islamist Forces Continue Making Gains in Somalia

UN Envoy Calls On World To Stay Out Of Somalia

ON LOCATION: IN SOMALILAND

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Somalia Islamic Courts Accuse Its Neighbor Countries Of Denying Rights Of Somali Refugees

7 Lashed In Somalia For Pot Involvement

African Military Experts Discuss Peacekeeping Mission for Somalia

President Rayale Invites Group Of UK MPs To Visit Somaliland

Somali Govt Allies Hunt Islamist Clerics, Talks Off

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International News

UK - Somaliland Joint Statement

Ombudsman For Minorities Objects To Deportations Of Somali Criminals

'Body Carried On Bus'

Mayor Recognizes Local Safety Initiatives

The Met Is Doing More For Victims Of Race Hate Crime

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

WORLD STAGE A Forgotten Democracy In The Horn Of Africa

Lost In Somaliland

An Unusual Calm Returns To Mogadishu

News Analysis: 'Islamic Fascists'? Bush Sees A War Of Ideology

U.S. Can No Longer Afford To Ignore Somalia

BBC Correspondents Abroad 'Too White'

14 Arrests Upset Local Somalis

Food for thought

Opinions

JNA= Is Not In Compliance With Somaliland Constitution

The Pesudo-Politicians Without Border

Why Repeat Another SOPRI Conference Without Purpose?

Open Letter to: Speaker of Somaliland House of Representatives

Mr. Rayale’s Visits: Are They Photo Opportunities Or A Real Diplomatic Work

Response To: “War On Use Of Khat Ignores A Culture.”


MILITIAMAN: An Islamist militiaman mans an anti-aircraft gun mounted on a pickup truck inside a former government building in Mogadishu August 16.

MOGADISHU, Somalia,   Aug 17, 2006 – Hardline Islamists controlling much of southern Somalia forcibly broke up a meeting of moderate clerics in the capital Thursday, further asserting their authority in the lawless nation.

Officials with the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia (SICS) said that the conference of clerics and peace activists from the Al Islah group in a Mogadishu hotel was illegal as it had not been approved.

"The meeting was not licensed and the organizers did not have permission to hold it," SICS spokesman Abdukarim Ali Muddey said after heavily armed Islamic gunmen broke up the meeting. "We have to be a community ruled by laws.

"People must seek permission to have a meeting, and we will license it as long as the forum is not a threat to public safety or Islamic teaching," he said.

Members of Al Islah, a charity that operates Muslim clinics and schools throughout Somalia, confirmed that the meeting had been disbanded but declined to discuss the matter further.

The agenda for the conference was not clear, but the group has been pushing for a resumption of dialogue between the Islamists and Somalia's increasingly weak and marginalized transitional government.

Arab League-mediated talks between the two sides slated to resume this week in Khartoum failed to take off after the Islamists demanded a delay and the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops alleged to be in Somalia to back the government.

During the first round of talks in June, both sides agreed to cease fire and recognize each other, but they have since traded accusations of violations.

The rise of the Islamists, who seized Mogadishu from warlords in June after months of fierce fighting and have rapidly expanded their territory since, poses a severe threat to the government's already limited authority.

As they have moved beyond the capital, the Islamists have begun to enforce an increasingly strict brand of Sharia law, closing down cinemas and photo shops and punishing what they consider to be un-Islamic behavior.

Somalia has been without a functioning central authority for the past 16 years since the 1991 ouster of strongman Mohamed Siyad Barre.

Source: AFP, Aug 17, 2006

 


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