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  At Least 20 Killed In Mogadishu Battles - washingtonpost.com
Mogadishu's war-weary residents ran for cover as rival groups fired machine guns and pounded each other with mortar rounds near an area that had been a pocket of warlord resistance to the Islamic militiamen.
Staff members at one of Mogadishu's main hospitals said victims were pouring in on the back of pickup trucks in scenes reminiscent of battles earlier this year when Islamic fighters took over the city.
Most of the warlords who had run Mogadishu since the 1991 ouster of military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre surrendered or fled after their defeat in last month's battles, in which 350 people were killed, but pockets of fighters loyal to them hung on.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/09/AR2006070901054.html?nav=rss_world   (542 words)

 Mogadishu travel guide
One of the earliest Arab settlements on the East African coast, the city was a leading commercial port by the 13th century; it went into a period of decline by the 16th century.
The port was under the control of the sultan of Zanzibar, and of the Italian government in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
From 1992 to 1995 Mogadishu became the center of a United Nations (UN) operation intended to restore government and to ease famine caused in part by Somalia's civil war.
www.world66.com /africa/somalia/mogadishu   (296 words)

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MOGADISHU, 30 October (IRIN) - Sacks of sorghum from the United States swing out from the docked ship in a large rope net, are winched slowly to the port jetty, and loaded by chanting porters on to rusting trucks in Mogadishu port.
The 3,000 metric tonnes of food aid from CARE International are one of three food-aid consignments for Somalia to arrive in Mogadishu since 24 August, when the port was reopened.
As elsewhere in Mogadishu, the UIC stamp is distinctive in its protocol: shoes off before entering any office, and religious codes strictly observed.
www.alertnet.org /thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/e76c218c93e70f2697c0c615f4322297.htm   (1187 words)

  Mogadishu: Images from the Past
The town of Mogadishu in Somalia On leaving Zayla we sailed for fifteen days and came to Maqdasha [Mogadishu], which is an enormous town.
At that time, "Mogadishu was an Islamic Sultanate, ruled by the Muzaffar Dynasty which in the 14th century was succeeded by the Dynasty of Fakhr ad-Din; the latter were dependent on the Ajuran, who in the early 17th century were defeated by the Hawiye Somali, thus becoming the new force dominating Mogadishu".
In 1841, with the partitioning of the Sultanate of Oman, Mogadishu became part of the Sultanate of Zanzibar.
www.swan.ac.uk /cds/rd/mogimage.htm   (2124 words)

  Mogadishu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mogadishu lies on the historically important Indian Ocean Benadir coast, and the city has served as an important regional port for centuries.
Muslims from the Arabian Peninsula colonized Mogadishu circa 900.
Currently Mogadishu is the only capital in the world where the UN does not have access for international humanitarian staff, due to insecurity, despite an estimated 250,000 internally displaced living in the city.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mogadishu   (2018 words)

 afrol News - Battle of Mogadishu intensifies
Mogadishu elders had managed to broker a truce between the two armed factions on 14 May, thus stopping a bloody urban war that had lasted for eight days and killed an estimated 140 persons; mostly civilians caught in the crossfire.
Mogadishu residents claim that the eight warlord militias - now grouped together as the "Anti-Terrorism Alliance" - are armed and funded by the United States in an attempt to fight militant Islamism on Somali soil.
Reports from Mogadishu indicate that large parts of the city are now under the Islamists' control, including the centre and strategic points such as the port and the airport.
www.afrol.com /articles/19401   (934 words)

 Women fueled Mogadishu takeover - The Boston Globe
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Sometimes, the women said, it began with a knock on the door after dark or with a kidnapping in broad daylight.
That helped the militias win the support of Mogadishu's increasingly influential women, who in recent years had joined the job market en masse to support their families in the midst of a collapsing economy.
Few dispute that there has been a dramatic decline in crime in Mogadishu since the fall of the warlords June 5, though in the absence of a police force, there are no crime statistics.
www.boston.com /news/world/africa/articles/2006/06/19/women_fueled_mogadishu_takeover   (874 words)

 Travel in Mogadishu - Somalia History
Mogadishu, the largest and most prosperous, dates back at least to the ninth century, when Persian and Arabian immigrants intermingled with Somali elements to produce a distinctive hybrid culture.
Whatever its origin, Mogadishu was at the zenith of its prosperity when the well-known Arab traveler Ibn Batuta appeared on the Somali coast in 1331.
Through commerce, proselytization, and political influence, Mogadishu and other coastal commercial towns influenced the Banaadir hinterlands (the rural areas outlying Mogadishu) in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
www.africatravelling.net /somalia/mogadishu/mogadishu_history.htm   (570 words)

 EID Mubarak, Mogadishu!
Mogadishu residents were deprived of such spiritual and peaceful gatherings for many years.
Mogadishu’s international airport, though in dismal shambles and in need of repair, has been re-opened and is at least serviceably working.
As a result of all seditious exploits from the enemies of peace, the heroic soldiers and noble leaders of the Islamic Courts need to be on guard and cautious to not let the enemies of Somalia and their unfaithful puppets impede the miraculous and momentous revolution of peace and stability.
www.hiiraan.com /op2/2006/oct/eid_mubarak,_mogadishu_.aspx   (1328 words)

 Mogadishu bolstered by lull in violence - Boston.com
Their capital unified for the first time in a decade, residents of Mogadishu walked streets free of gunmen and roadblocks to attend Friday prayers led by newly victorious Islamic militants.
Residents of Mogadishu walked down streets free of gunmen and roadblocks to attend Friday prayers led by newly victorious Islamic militants, pondering how their country has changed from anarchy to peace and how long it might last.
MOGADISHU, Somalia --Their capital unified for the first time in a decade, residents of Mogadishu walked streets free of gunmen and roadblocks to attend Friday prayers led by newly victorious Islamic militants.
www.boston.com /news/world/africa/articles/2006/06/09/in_mogadishu_prayers_amid_lull_in_violence   (759 words)

Mogadishu's port, in this time, was bustling with activity and more rural migrants settled in the outer regions of the city.
Mogadishu continues to be the primate city of Somalia, following the concept of urban primacy in Africa.
Mogadishu's elaborate structures contain a unique mixture of African, Islamic and Mediteranean architecture but as a result of the civil war and factional violence, many of these exotic structures have been severely damaged.
macalester.edu /geography/courses/geog261/amozena/CityPlanning.html   (1054 words)

Others consider it a Somali mispronunciation of the Swahili "mwyu wa" (last northern city), raising the possibility of its being the northernmost of the chain of Swahili city-states on the East African coast.
Evidence of that influence was the increasing Islamization of the interior by sufis (Muslim mystics) who emigrated upcountry, where they settled among the nomads, married local women, and brought Islam to temper the random violence of the inhabitants.
The considerable power of the Ujuuraan state was not diminished until the Portuguese penetration of the East African coast in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/world/somalia/mogadishu.htm   (388 words)

 Fresh fighting erupts in Mogadishu, at least seven killed - Region - Middle East Times
MOGADISHU -- Islamist gunmen launched a surprise attack on a US-backed warlord alliance in the lawless Somali capital on Wednesday, re-igniting fierce battles for the city and shattering a tense 72-hour lull.
Witnesses said that the strike was aimed at cutting a key alliance supply line by severing the main road from Mogadishu to the town of Jowhar about 90 kilometers (55 miles) north from where the warlords were receiving materiel.
Mogadishu residents had feared such a resurgence in fighting as the two sides had been girding for new clashes despite the uneasy truce that had held since Sunday.
www.metimes.com /articles/normal.php?StoryID=20060531-093705-8468r   (784 words)

 BBC NEWS | Africa | Islamists claim Mogadishu victory
Most of Mr Qanyare Afrah's fighters have joined the Islamic militia, but Mr Sudi Yalahow and his commanders remain in the capital and are locked in talks over their next move.
In a statement read over local radio stations, the Union of Islamic Courts leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said the control of Mogadishu by warlords was over and he urged residents to accept the new leadership.
They were originally set up in Mogadishu as a grassroots movement by businessmen to establish some law and order in a city without any judicial system.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/africa/5047766.stm   (678 words)

 Gulfnews: Fighters take up positions across Mogadishu
Mogadishu: More than 1,000 Islamist fighters were deployed to a strategic camp north of Mogadishu yesterday witnesses said, sparking fears of a new offensive against warlords.
Islamic forces captured the Somali capital Mogadishu a week ago from a self-styled anti-terrorism alliance of warlords, widely believed to be backed by the United States, after three months of fighting.
President Abdullahi Yousuf's government has been careful to welcome the victory in Mogadishu over warlords, who many blame for undermining it, and is in talks with Islamist leaders to secure their support.
archive.gulfnews.com /articles/06/06/12/10046393.html   (287 words)

 Fall of Mogadishu leaves US policy in ruins | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
Mogadishu is now largely ruled by the Islamic Courts Union, a powerful movement that advocates a strict version of sharia law, including public executions, and has alleged ties to al-Qaida terrorists.
With financial support from local businessmen the courts, popular with Mogadishu residents for curbing some of the anarchy and providing basic services, built up a militia capable of taking on the warlords.
From their stronghold of Jowhar the warlords are regrouping and talking of retaking Mogadishu.
www.guardian.co.uk /international/story/0,,1794391,00.html   (1339 words)

 Mogadishu under siege   (Site not responding. Last check: )
For ordinary Somalis in Mogadishu, their military assault is more a source of fear and anxiety, as an exodus continues away from the capital.
CNN reports that the death toll in Mogadishu has risen to 96 with heavy fighting and most of the victims “civilians caught in the crossfire.” The forces of the Islamic Courts (the enemies of the Counter-terrorism alliance) declared a cease-fire on their part on Tuesday, but fighting continued into today (Wednesday).
May 22 brought the first sign that the current wave of conflict in Mogadishu was subsiding since the committee of clan elders that had imposed the cease-fire announced that the two sides had agreed to dismantle their blockades, although the militias had not yet stood down from their forward positions.
www.gnn.tv /headlines/9024/Mogadishu_under_siege   (3936 words)

Now, the message to Mogadishu is this: If it hasn’t realized, it is by law the capital city of Somalia and that implies that it ought to, and is expected, to conform to international code of conduct for a capital city.
Where the late military government fled Mogadishu after the Fearless General Aideed and his warriors showed up, the same military government had demolished Hargeysa to the ground, leaving it to ruin in smoke while its daughters were raped, and its sons shot point-blank, with no remorse.
Mogadishu used to have qualities that no other city in Somalia had: It was a city that had law and order; it was the seating of the nation’s president and ministries; it was a city with embassies and ports; and it was a hub for the world to make a visit to Somalia.
www.hiiraan.com /op/2006/apr/Arte_Moalin020406.html   (978 words)

 Somalia: No Mercy in Mogadishu. The Human Cost of the Conflict and the Struggle for Relief
The report, based on two missions to Mogadishu in February, concludes that it is essential for the United Nations to undertake both political and humanitarian initiatives sim ultaneously in order to end the slaughter of civilians.
The shift in the fiercest fighting from Mogadishu to the south and the de facto truce between Aidid and Ali Mahdi in the face of their common enemy, Siad Barre, had the effect of lessening tensions in Mogadishu and permitting the ICRC to expand feeding operations there considerably.
Their arrival was delayed, due to an incident in which General Aidid exploited the U.N.'s negligence in not removing its insignia from a plane that was later used by a private party to deliver funds and uniforms to the opposing faction.
www.phrusa.org /research/health_effects/humsom.html   (2824 words)

 Islamic Militia Says Mogadishu Captured   (Site not responding. Last check: )
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.
Mogadishu residents expressed relief at Monday's relative peace, but had mixed responses to the Islamic militia's advance.
Last month in Mogadishu a teenager stabbed his father's killer to death before a large crowd, after a death sentence was passed.
www.truthout.org /docs_2006/060506D.shtml   (1310 words)

 NPR : Familiar Scenes of Violence Arise in Mogadishu
He and a colleague are just back to Nairobi from Mogadishu, a city so divided and violent that fewer and fewer people are willing to risk their lives to report the story.
His organization is not represented in Mogadishu — they are in central and southern Somalia.
Menkhaus says it was then that authority for U.S. policy in the country shifted from the CIA to the State Department, which tried but failed to get the parties to negotiate a government of national unity.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=16415793&ft=1&f=1004   (1644 words)

 Nasdaq 100 Flash Quotes
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP)--An army general, two magistrates and others have been assassinated in the past week in the Somali capital, the U.N.'s humanitarian coordination agency said Friday, highlighting Mogadishu's pervasive violence.
The assassinations show the difficulty the fragile government and its Ethiopian allies face in trying to bring order in Mogadishu, which has been wracked by violence this year.
Four people were wounded Thursday when unknown assailants fired a rocket at their Toyota pickup in the southern Somalia town of Buale, 255 miles southwest of Mogadishu, said Ali Dek, a resident.
www.nasdaq.com /aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20071012\ACQDJON200710121400DOWJONESDJONLINE000682.htm&   (270 words)

 Mogadishu 'blazing' as fighting erupts - Africa - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Mogadishu residents carried wounded Somalis on wheelbarrows as bullets flew over the battered capital on Thursday in a new flare-up of violence between rival militias that killed up to 50 people.
The battle for control of Mogadishu has been going on since February, and this fourth round ended a cease-fire of nearly a week, brokered by clan elders.
Mogadishu is blazing with fire,” he added to Reuters, as heavy artillery and gunshots reverberated over the telephone.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/12971766   (745 words)

 Alliance of Somali warlords battles Islamists in capital - News & Features - International Herald Tribune
In interviews, American officials declined to detail their relationship with the warlords, and said only that their goal was to support both the fight against terrorism and the recently formed transitional government that is struggling to gain a foothold.
Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, a suspect in both the 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel on the Kenyan coast and the 1998 bombing of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, held one of his planning sessions in Mogadishu, according to a United Nations study of the weapons flow into Somalia.
In 2005, Sheik Aweys led an attack on an Italian cemetery in Mogadishu, in which human remains were dug up to protest foreign intervention in Somalia.
www.iht.com /articles/2006/05/13/news/somalia.php   (1166 words)

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