Monday, June 05, 2006



From Associated Press An Islamic militia said Monday it has seized Somalia's capital after weeks of bloody fighting and 15 years of anarchy in this Horn of Africa nation, raising fears that the nation could fall under the sway of al-Qaida. The militia appeared in control of Mogadishu. Most of the leaders of a secular alliance that opposed them - and was rumored to be backed by the United States - appeared to have fled the city by Monday afternoon.... U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said recently that three al-Qaida leaders indicted in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania are being sheltered by Islamic leaders in Mogadishu. The same al-Qaida cell is believed responsible for the 2002 suicide bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Kenya that killed 15 people and a simultaneous attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner. Everything's under control. Nothing to see. Move along.
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