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War-torn Somalia braces for fresh violence amid shaky peace accord

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The peace accord, like many others, was not expected to hold. Promptly reacting to yesterday's deal, a faction of Islamist insurgents vowed to fight on, reports Bloomberg.

Somali Islamic insurgents fighting a United Nations-backed transitional government have pledged to unite rival factions to drive Ethiopian troops from the east African nation, a spokesman for the rebel group said....
"We will continue fighting against the Ethiopian forces who invaded our homeland aggressively until they withdraw from our country," [Abdilkadir Ali Omar, the deputy chairman of the Islamic Courts Union, said].

Thousands of Ethiopian troops have been on the ground in Somalia since 2006, deployed to fight off Islamist insurgents trying to seize the capital. But neither the Ethiopians nor a June peace accord has stemmed the violence, the Associated Press reported.

Somalia's government struck the deal in June with a relatively moderate faction of the country's Islamic insurgency. But Somalia's more hard-line opposition leaders never took part in the agreement, which has had little effect on the ground.
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