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Heavy fighting erupts in Somali capital

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"The Government of Wales Has Selected Somaliland & Lesotho For its
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Harris Nyatsanza, Welsh NGO Officer

U.S. Debating Shift of Support in Somali Conflict

Targeting Of Human Rights Organizations Network And Threats Against Its Director Mubarik Ibrahim Aar

Somaliland Marks World Disability Awareness Day

Somaliland Expels 24 Journalists

Somaliland Foreign Minister Welcomes US State Department’s Fact-Sheet on Somaliland

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Shifting Policy or a Face-saving Gimmick

US To Reassess Somalia Policy?

Written answers: UK Parliament

Ethiopia says world disinterest dampening Somalia peace hopes

Ethiopia: Situation improving in Somalia- PM

Somalian President’s Illness Raises Fears on Stability

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Technology is the Root of All Evil

The Horrific Tale of Sonkorey: the tip of the iceberg on the attrocities committed by Ethiopians in Somalia

"Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic

UN: Atrocities Fuel Worsening Crisis in Horn of Africa

USG Visits newly Displaced Somalis from Mogadishu on mission to Afgooye

FACTBOX - Key facts on Somali President Yusuf

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Somaliland Private Enterprises Deserve To Become A Role Model For All!

The Forgotten Route

Education in Somaliland

Mohamed Hashi Has The Fame, Rayale Lives In Shame

Kosovo and Somaliland: US Double Standards

My Visit to Hargeisa:

Somalia's crisis made in USA

Puntland Oil and Mineral Development: Benefits and Risks from Socio-economic and Environmental Perspectives


Somali soldiers ride on a vehicle in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, 8 December 2007 - Islamist insurgents on Saturday attacked Somali government forces in the capital Mogadishu, sparking heavy fighting, witnesses said.

The clashes shattered a week-long lull in the seaside capital, a theatre of fighting since Ethiopia-backed government forces routed an Islamist movement in January, ending its six-month rule.

The rebels attacked after well-armed Ethiopian forces pulled out of southern Mogadishu's Wardhigley camp, where they have been based for nearly a year, prompting hours-long clashes.

"They exchanged machine gun fire, anti-aircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. Stray bullets wounded two civilians," said resident Ayan Mohamed. Several other witnesses confirmed the artillery duels.

It was not immediately clear whether the clashes left fatalities.

Pro-Islamist militants, chanting Allahu Akbur (God is Great) seized control of central Somalia town of Bulo-Burde, about 230 kilometres (145 miles) north of the capital, freeing prisoners in the township as government forces fled, witnesses said.

"Heavily-armed pro-Islamists entered the town this morning and took control after a exchange of gunfire with government forces," said a Bulo Burde authority official, who requested to remain unnamed.

"The militia forced people to flee the town and also plundered offices of the local authorities," said Osmail Mumin Adan, a resident of the township, adding that fatalities could not be confirmed since people had left.

Islamist militants have staged a deadly insurgency since they were ousted in January, paralysing the government's bid to restore law and order in the city, where at least 600,000 have been displaced.

Violence and state bureaucracy have choked delivery of humanitarian supplies to a million people across the country, setting the stage for Africa's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.

Bloody clan brawls and power struggles that erupted after the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre have defied numerous bids to restore stability in the Horn of Africa nation.

Source: AFP


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