From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Sun Dec 07 2008 - 07:17:26 EST
Al-Shabaab takes over Central Somalia
Sun, 07 Dec 2008 09:21:05 GMT
Government troops head toward Somalia's Lower Shabelle region to fight
Al-Shabaab forces have taken over the two central Somali towns of Mataban
and Dhusamareeb opening court house to those seeking legal support.
Mataban and Dhusamareeb are now under Al-Shabaab control and court houses,
which will adhere to Islamic law, are now open to Somali citizens ready to
receive their complaints, a Press TV correspondent in Somalia reported.
In response government troops are heading toward the town of Golwyn in the
Lower Shabelle region to confront Al-Shabaab forces taking over the region.
Having taken control of the capital last month, Al-Shabaab has now set up a
regional administration in the Lower Shabelle region marking off their
expanding territory from the areas held by the transitional government.
Fearing the impending clashes Somali civilians are now fleeing the area as
Al-Shabaab forces prepare to counter the attack of government troops.
Al-Shabaab set up regional administration
Sat, 06 Dec 2008 19:01:21 GMT
Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia. The fighters have reportedly set up a
regional administration in the south.
Somali opposition fighters, Al-Shabaab set up a regional administration in a
southern region increasing their footholds in the country.
Al-Shabaab appointed a regional governor to the Lower Shabelle region
marking off their expanding territory from the areas held by the
transitional government, the Press TV correspondent in Somalia reported.
The group's spokesman Sheikh Mukhtar Robow reportedly said Sheikh
Abdulrahman Siiro was inaugurated as the governor during a ceremony held in
the regional capital Merka. The fighters had seized the capital from the
government troops last month.
Siiro's inferiors such as the head of the Supreme Court and the region's
security chief were also named.
The fighters have captured most parts of the country thanks to the
Transitional Federal Government (TFG)'s declining power. They have been
struggling for power since 2006 when their leadership, the Union of Islamic
Courts (UIC), were removed on the back of an Ethiopian intervention.
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