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How the US Made Somalia a Terrorist Haven

Coalition overthrown, country is now run by al-Qaeda allies

(Newser) - Iraq and Afghanistan loom largest among the fiascos undertaken in the name of a "war on terror," Martin Fletcher writes in the Times of London, but there has been a third front in that offensive: Somalia. After 15 years of anarchy, the US helped destroy the country's first... More »

US Airstrike Kills al-Qaeda Boss in Somalia

Ayro led Iraq-style insurgency; at least 12 others dead

(Newser) - American war planes killed more than a dozen people in a town in the west of Somalia today, including one said to be the leader of that country's branch of al-Qaeda. Reuters reports that the airstrike on a band of Somali insurgents killed Aden Hashi Ayro, whose militants are blamed... More »

6,000 Killed in Mogadishu in 2007

700,000 displaced as brutal Somalian civil war grinds on

(Newser) - Somalia's bloody civil war between the Ethiopian-backed provisional government and Islamic insurgents has killed 5,960 people this year in Mogadishu alone, according to the country's oldest human rights group. And more than 700,000 Somalians have been displaced, the AP reports, though data gathering has become more difficult since... More »

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