World War III: the attack in Somalia

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Fear of US strikes grips Somalia
Pan-African News Wire, Tuesday 11 December 2001. Fears of an imminent American air strike is gripping Somalia after reports that military aircraft have been conducting surveillance flights over the country. A regional analyst told IRIN it was unlikely the US would attack Somalia; “It is much more likely that they are sending a message to Usama Bin-Ladin and Al-Qaeda that Somalia is no sanctuary”.
The Long and Hidden History of the U.S in Somalia
By Stephen Zunes, AlterNet, 17 January 2002. Somalia is mentioned as the next possible target in the U.S.-led war against terrorism. U.S. officials believe that cells of the Al-Qaida terrorist network may have taken advantage of the absence of governmental authority to set up operation. The history of Somalia since the 1970s in the context of international politics.
Marines forces landed on the Somali coasts
Arabic, 5 June 2005. In one of the most provocative operation since the formation of the terrorism fighting force in the African horn in 2003, The American naval troops (the Marines) landed on the Somali coasts to chase extremists. The landing of the Marines coincided with activities for the American army in other areas along the coasts of Puntland, a relatively stable area, that announced separation in 1991 to keep itself apart from the unrest hit other parts of Somalia.
Western anti-terror units accused of abuse
Editorial, Jordan Times, 2 September 2005. Foreign security services chasing suspected terrorist cells in Somalia are abusing human rights with kidnappings, harassment and threats to suspects, some of whom may be innocent, a UN envoy said. US and other Western security services see Somalia as a potential haven for terrorists as it has been without government since warlords overthrow dictator Mohammed Siad Barre in 1991.
A setback for Washington, afraid that Al-Qaeda will set up shop
By Corine Lesnes and Jean Philippe-Rémy, Le Monde (Paris), 6 June 2006. The United States greeted with concern the announcement that Mogadishu had been taken by militiamen of the Islamic Courts Union. In order to set up a bulwark against terrorism, the US established a bridgehead in Djibouti after 2001. The Horn of Africa is one of the principal theaters of operation for CENTCOM, the central command that from Florida.
US accused of covert operations in Somalia
By Antony Barnett and Patrick Smith, The Observer (UK), 10 September 2006. Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia—against UN rulings—and they hint at involvement of British security firms.
Somalia in the Crosshairs
By Najum Mushtaq, IRC Right Web, 1 February 2007. The ICU clan-based Sharia courts held much of Somalia's central and southern territories until its recent defeat by Ethiopian-backed forces. Even as the invading Ethiopian forces prepare to withdraw, faced with a resentful civilian population and increasing attacks by ‘unknown’ gunmen, the U.S.-backed transitional government is not any closer to gaining public acceptance or control than it was when its forces were defeated by Islamic militias in June 2006.