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Seks drepte soldater ble slept gjennom Mogadishu og brent onsdag. En blanding av islamister, kriminelle og klaner har gått til krig mot regjeringen, etioperne og den afrikanske kontigenten. Al Qaida har utnevnt lederen, sier regjeringen.

Opprørerne håper åpenbart å skremme med samme brutalitet som da amerikanske soldater ble slept nakne gjennom Mogadishu. Fire somaliske og to etiopiske soldter fikk samme behandling igår.

21 mennesker ble drept og minst 120 såret i skytingen rundt forsvarsdepartementet og en annen del av byen. Leder for Unionen av islamske domstoler, ble intervjuet av BBC:

The leader of the Council of Islamic Courts, Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, told the British Broadcasting Corp.’s Somali service that the insurgents and residents of Mogadishu are justified in fighting the Somali government troops and their Ethiopian allies, but denied he was involved in it.

Speaking in a rare interview late Wednesday since his group’s ouster, Aweys said he and other Islamic leaders are safe and living in Somalia, though he declined to disclose his location. He said that he considers African Union peacekeepers already in the country enemies.

«We were invaded and no one respected us while we were in power and were ready to negotiate. Even the
United Nations, which we expected was an impartial organization, helped the invasion against us. So we see the African troops as an enemy and not a friend,» Aweys said, speaking on a satellite phone.

Kampene fortsatte idag. Mye tyder på at islamistene vil gjøre Somalia til et nytt Irak/Afghanistan. Det vil bli den tredje åpne fronten mellom Vestens allierte og islamistene. Regjeringen sier det er en Al Qaida-offiser som leder opprøret.

The Somali government said on Friday that al Qaeda had made a young militant Islamist commander its leader in Mogadishu as fighting raged for a second day in the coastal capital.
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Deputy Defense Minister Salad Ali Jelle told a news conference Aden Hashi Ayro — an
Afghanistan-trained commander in his 30s who runs the Islamists’ feared Shabab, or military wing — was personally directing a growing insurgency.

«The government is being targeted by those who used to work with terrorists, the so-called Islamic Courts,» Jelle said. «And after they had a long consultation with al Qaeda, they named Aden Hashi Ayro as head of (al Qaeda) operations in Mogadishu.»

Somali gov’t names Qaeda leader as fighting rages