The Islamic Courts Union, which took over most of the country last year, was ousted during the winter of 2006 when the Ethiopian army invaded to aid the former Somalian government with the support and backing of the U.S. An insurgency (possibly in its "last throes" a la Rumsfeld) broke out fairly quickly and appears to involve both the Islamic Courts Union and (separately) the large Somalian Hawiye clan, the largest in and around the country's capital city of Mogadishu, unhappy with the continued Ethiopian occupation. Since the "stabilization" of the situation in Somalia by foreign forces over 1,000 civilians have been killed in battles between paramilitaries and the Ethiopian army and their Somalian allies.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Somalian government forces have reportedly begun banning headscarves and the niqab face-covering, alleging that paramilitaries loyal to the ousted Islamic Courts Union movement have been carrying out attacks on the U.S. and Ethiopian-backed Somalian military and their foreign Ethiopian army allies. Early reports indicate that force has been used against Somalian women who refuse to obey government soldiers.