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Pajamas Media: Afghanistan Again: Somalia Falling to Al Qaeda
December 22, 2006
A Pajamas Media Exclusive
Al Qaeda’s allies in Somalia are on the verge of seizing the secular government’s last stronghold - opening the possibility of a “new Afghanistan” to shelter America’s enemies.
Somalia is at a critical juncture. In the coming days, the world will learn whether the transitional federal government is strong enough to fend off the terrorists’ assault. If it fails, al-Qaeda will win its first countrywide safe haven since 9/11.
Baidoa is heavily fortified and protected by a large contingent of Ethiopian troops but its defenses will not hold, intelligence sources tell Pajamas Media. Ethiopia has allied itself with Somalia’s embattled transitional federal government.
Reached by Pajamas Media, Dahir Jibreel, the transitional government’s permanent secretary in charge of international cooperation, confirmed that a massive offensive is underway. Jibreel said that the ICU launched an “offensive on the seat of the government from three directions: Burkhakabo, Idale and Dinsor.”
Jibreel is guardedly optimistic, noting that the Islamic radicals “sustained heavy losses.”
“They will overrun Baidoa,” a military intelligence officer told Pajamas Media. “It’s only a question of when.”
Originally posted by Retseh
As usual, all the US haters jump on the malicious rumors that the US is supplying weapons to the Somali warlords.
Hey, sorry to spoil your fun, why not start another thread about how the US invented AIDS to use as a biological weapon.
Originally posted by HellmuttI'm not sure if that was directed at me. If it were: I'm not american. I have no interests in defending or attacking the US or making threads about US inventing HIV. And I've never claimed that the US has supplied weapons to Somalia. I've claimed that Viktor Bout have transported weapons there. One of his planes is landing in Mogadishu in the photo at the top of this page.