Somali PM claims victory in Mogadishu

Interim Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi insists that government and Ethiopian forces have successfully “won” their fight against the Union of Islamic Courts in Mogadishu. Fierce combat has been raging in the city for nine days, in an effort led by Somali-Ethiopian troops to clear “pockets of resistance.” [AlJazeera, April 26]

Twelve uniformed armed men exploited a lull in fighting on [April 27] to steal computers and bags of sugar from a Mogadishu Coca Cola plant. [Reuters, April 27]

From Security Briefs, April 27

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