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Somali Islamist downplays war fears amid clashes

Somali Islamists and troops defending the government’s only stronghold battled with rockets and heavy weapons on Wednesday at two frontline areas, but a top Islamist leader denied it was the start of war. “The war has not started. This is a small incident,” Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys told reporters after meeting visiting European Union aid chief Louis Michel. Full Story

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