The United States has expressed its concern after an Islamist militia said it had taken control of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.Yeah, like the Taliban brought peace to Afghanistan and Mussolini made the trains run on time....
A State Department spokesman did not comment directly but pointedly said: "We don't want to see Somalia turn into a safe haven for foreign terrorists".
The US was accused of backing the warlords defeated by the Islamists.
However, a senior Somali MP told the BBC that the takeover could be a step towards ending 15 years of anarchy.
Former Information Minister Mohamud Jama told the BBC's Network Africa programme that having a single group in control of Mogadishu for the first time since 1991 could make negotiations easier for the transitional government based in Baidoa, 250km (155 miles) north-west of the capital.
Mr Jama also suggested that the Islamic Courts might improve the security situation in the capital.