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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Somalia Islamists on the move, capture important town


Reported here:
Islamic militia have taken control of the central Somali town of Beletuein.

The strategic town changed hands after fighting erupted in between the town's previous pro-government rulers and the militia of a local Islamic court.
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...Beletuein is especially important for the Islamists, as they can now move their militias and supplies from south to north without hindrance.

It indicates that the courts are trying to spread their influence throughout the country,...
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Meanwhile, correspondents say residents in Galkayo, 600km north west of the capital, are divided about whether to support the UIC.

Galkayo borders Puntland, an effectively autonomous region believed to be against the courts.
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In Baidoa, Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi is attempting to form a new 31-member cabinet after the previous cabinet was dissolved on Monday.

President Abdullahi Yusuf has given him a week to form a new government.

The two agreed on Monday to put aside their differences, after divisions on the question of possible talks with the Islamists sparked a crisis in the government.

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