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Friday, December 29, 2006

Somalia-1 vs Islamic Militants-0

Somalia's parliament will declare martial law on Saturday for a period of three months, said the country's prime minister.
Government and Ethiopian troops took control of the capital Mogadishu from Islamic militants yesterday.

"This country has experienced anarchy and in order to restore security we need a strong hand, especially with freelance militias," Ali Mohamed Gedi told reporters Thursday in Mundul Sharey, his home village, some 40 kilometres southwest of Mogadishu.

Gedi made the comments during his first visit to his village since 2002 and came hours after troops loyal to the interim government of Somalia, backed by members of the Ethiopian military, entered the outskirts of Mogadishu on Thursday in the wake of fleeing Islamic militants.

The Council of Islamic Courts, the Islamic insurgents who had controlled the city since June and planned to form a government based on the Qu'ran, withdrew from the city without a fight in anticipation of the troops' arrival.

Your "live from the front" scribe;
Allan W Janssen
(With thanks to the CBC)

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