Somalian Islamic Militia Invites U.S.
Somalia’s Islamic militia invited U.S. government leaders on Thursday to visit the capital, Mogadishu, the city where 18 U.S. troops on a peacekeeping mission to the East African nation were killed in 1993. The United States — which accuses the Council of Islamic Courts of links with al-Qaida — should see for itself that the city is under control, said Ibrahim Hassan Adow, the Islamists’ foreign affairs chief. The group’s strict interpretation of Islam raises memories of Afghanistan’s Taliban, which was ousted by a U.S.-led campaign for harboring Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida fighters. Still, many credit the movement with bringing order. Full Story