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Behind the Suicide Bombing in Somalia

Weeks of heavy fighting in Somalia took an even deadlier turn on Thursday when a suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into the front of a hotel in the...

In Somalia, Another Government Teetering?

Just last month, Western donors gathered in Brussels to pledge money to the new Somali government of Sheik Sharif Ahmed, in the hope that he could restore...

How Somalia's Fishermen Became Pirates

Amid the current media frenzy about Somali pirates, it's hard not to imagine them as characters in some dystopian Horn of Africa version of Waterworld. We see...

After Ethiopia Exit, What Next for Somalia?

The withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia is a gamble not unlike America's planned drawdown from Iraq. The Ethiopians, with U.S. assistance, invaded...

In Somalia, a Transitional President Is Out

The U.N. refugee agency released a small news item last week that went largely unnoticed: Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, destination for tens of thousands of...

The Suffering Of Somalia

For Somalia, it was just another long weekend of mayhem. Shortly after midnight on Friday, Nov. 7, pirates seized a Danish cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden; on...

U.S. Kills Bin Laden's Man in Somalia

The U.S. missile strike that killed Somalia's most notorious Islamist insurgent, Aden Hashi Ayro, has dealt a major blow to al-Qaeda's allies operating in East...

Somalia Takes a Turn for the Worse

Even by the standards of Somalia, a country gripped by chaos for 17 years, it has been a horrible couple of weeks. First came the killings of two British Somali...

Crossfire's Victims in Somalia

The Somali village of Doble, bombed Monday by a U.S. missile that killed four civilians, is not a nice place. When I drove along Somalia's southern border with...

Remember Somalia?

On Oct. 3, 1993, a mob dragged the bodies of two U.S. soldiers through the streets of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. The soldiers had been killed in an...

Somalia's War Flares Up Again

It was still possible, this summer, to see some hope in Somalia. The country was in dire need of some. The Ethiopian army, which invaded last December, had...

Somalia's al-Qaeda Link

Osama bin Laden has been urging Al-Qaeda followers to open up shop in Somalia for years, but there was always doubt about whether that call would resonate in a...

The Somalia Raid: Part of a Wider War

The U.S. military air strike on a suspected al-Qaeda target in Somalia reported Monday is but one of a number of U.S. operations there in recent days and weeks...

In Somalia, A Fragile Hold on Power

Mohammed Hussein Farah Aidid is still getting used to his transformation from warlord to Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister. But his assessment of the precarious...