Thursday, December 14, 2006

Al Qaeda leaders now head Somalia's Islamic courts

Africa: It's getting better and better over there.

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali Islamists are under the growing control of an al Qaeda cell in East Africa, a U.S. diplomat said on Thursday, as Washington condemned their threat to attack Ethiopian troops backing Somalia's interim government. "The Council of Islamic Courts is now controlled by al Qaeda cell individuals, East Africa al Qaeda cell individuals. The top layer of the court are extremists. They are terrorists," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer told reporters. "They are killing nuns, they have killed children and they are calling for a jihad (holy war)," she added.
And for my macro moment with a CAIR leader saying this.
I respond to the June 20 Dispatch editorial "Out of the frying pan." What has happened in Somalia, for the majority of Somalis inside and those who are abroad, is a positive change. I truly suggest that we should not prejudge this change, or any change for that matter, based on the religious affiliation of those in power.
You have to be a mental midget not to see where this was going for Somalia and its people.

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