Somalia: The Battle of Mogadishu

The Battle of Mogadishu

The civil war in the Horn of Africa continues to devour its children. Artillery shells and rockets again pounded the center of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, last week, killing and wounding hundreds. Fighting erupted in several parts of the city, including its port, and relief workers described the carnage as "appalling."

After Somalia's longtime dictator, Mohammed Siad Barre, was overthrown by a coalition of clan-based armies last January, he was replaced as President by Ali Mahdi Mohammed of the Hawiye clan in central Somalia. In September the new President's authority was challenged by General Mohammed Farrah Aidid, a fellow clansman...

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