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War intensifies in Somalia

Issue No. 2170

A US airstrike on a suspected Al Qaida leader, Saleh Nabhan, in Somalia has triggered a new round of fighting in the east African state.

The US accuses Nabhan of being behind a string of attacks on US and Israeli targets in the Horn of Africa.

Somali insurgents launched deadly suicide attacks in response to Nabhan’s killing.

Somalia is run by rival factions that emerged following the failure of the Western backed Ethiopian occupation.

The Shabab militia, which controls the capital and most of the south, wants to oust its former ally the Union of Islamic Courts.

The Islamic Courts briefly ran the country after a popular rebellion, but were ousted by the Ethiopian army in December 2006.

The US attack comes as Somalia faces dangerous food shortages. The United Nations estimates that some 3.6 million people face hunger, including 1.3 million displaced by the war.

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