Sunday, December 31, 2006

Islamists, Cornered in Somalia, Lose Local Support

NYT reported As fighting began to flare up today around Kismayo, the final redoubt for Somalia’s diminished Islamic movement, elders within the city demanded that the Islamists leave.

I bet they were tired of living under Sharia Law.
Mohammed Arab, a leader of the Ogaden sub-clan, said 36 elders of various clans and sub-clans met over the weekend with Islamist leaders and tried to persuade them that resisting the huge Ethiopian-backed force heading toward them would be futile. “We told them that they were going to lose,” Mr. Arab said, “and that our city would get destroyed.”
They must not have read 3:121 or they did not believe it would work for them.

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