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Mogadishu tensions soar as Islamists declare jihad on warlords

Tension soared in the capital of lawless Somalia as Mogadishu’s powerful Islamic courts declared holy war on a militia alliance widely believed to be backed by the United States. With many city residents already convinced new hostilities are imminent between the rival factions, Muslim clerics urged the destruction of the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT). At a demonstration attended by hundreds in southern Mogadishu after Friday prayers, Sheikh Nur Ollow, an imam and senior Islamic court figure, told the crowd it was time to fight the warlords whose militias make up the alliance. Full Story

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