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We're baaaaack: Islamists take over in Somalia

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Um, that was fast.

Within 24 hours of Ethiopian troops' withdrawal from bases in the rubble-strewn streets of Mogadishu, Somalia's Islamists have taken over most of the city.

Forces loyal to the weak, United Nations-backed transitional government didn't even put up a fight, it appears, as the BBC reports, that Islamists now control four of the six bases left behind by the Ethiopians.

The US-backed Ethiopian troops invaded Somalia at the end of 2006 to oust the Islamists who had controlled the country for six months, imposing strict sharia law.

The good news about a return to Islamist rule, for Somalis, is that under the Islamists' brief rule in 2006, the constant fighting, armed robbery, and piracy that have plagued the war-ravaged country all nose dived.


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