Fighting erupts in Somali capital

Government forces and Ethiopian allies battle unidentified fighters in Mogadishu.

    Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu are supporting Somalia's interim government force [AP]

    Regular attacks
    Somalia's interim government and its Ethiopian allies have been hit with near-daily attacks by unidentified fighters in the capital.
    The interim government blames remnants of the Islamic Courts movement they drove out of Mogadishu and southern Somalia in a two-week joint offensive before the New Year.
    The Islamic Courts, who ruled much of southern Somalia for six months until they were defeated in early January, have vowed to fight a guerilla war against the government and Ethiopia.
    The government is awaiting the deployment of 8,000 African Union (AU) peacekeepers to replace the Ethiopian troops and help stabilise Somalia.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Strong quotes for Martin Luther King Jr Day

    Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr that resonate today

    Quotes of justice, education, religion and race said by MLK Jr.

    Forced at 15: The young brides of Niger

    Forced at 15: The young brides of Niger

    How young girls in the West African country are fighting back against child marriage.