Sunday, June 25, 2006

Probably not good news from Somalia

Reported here:
Somalia's Islamic Courts, which control Mogadishu, have created a new power structure in which a leading Islamist wanted by the US is to play a key role.
Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys - who is on Washington's list of terrorists with alleged links to al-Qaeda - will head an 88-strong legislative council.

A new, eight-member executive committee will be chaired by a more moderate figure, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
Sheikh Aweys, a prominent cleric, is seen as more radical. He previously headed an armed group, al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, which the US said had links with al-Qaeda.

The network of 11 Islamic courts has been set up in recent years in Mogadishu, funded by businessmen in an attempt to re-establish law and order.

The courts' stated goal is to restore a system of Sharia law and put an end to impunity and fighting.
Not unexpected, but not good news, either. I hope his life insurance is paid up, in case he has an "accident" like the Yemeni al Qaeda dupes pictured here.

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