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All nations are threatened

All nations are threatened
There are growing signs that regional and international nations, particularly in the west are similarly threatened by the growing danger of terrorism in the country.

There are growing signs that regional and international nations, particularly in the west are similarly threatened by the growing danger of terrorism in the country.

Two decades of fighting between rival warlords, clan disputes, starvation and diseases have led to the deaths of nearly one million people in Somalia. Following the fall down of the Somali government in 1991, the main official functioning law in the society was Sharia law and clan based Islamic courts. These laws used to solve daily public cases including marriage, family inheritances, and other family related issues.

At that time, the country was in civil wars and endless violence, but it seemed a danger to its people but not to the neighboring and international countries.

Everything has changed after a union formed by the Islamic courts (ICU) fought with the Somali warlords backing the U.S."s central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in an effort to stop the ability of Islamists to grow influence in the region.

Al-shabaab was an off-shoot of the ICU and they control most of the country. The US and international community regard Shabaab as a terrorist group tied with Al-Qaida.

The group was rooted out by the Somali government in 2006 in two weeks of fighting, and continued their deadly insurgency and Al-Qaida styled fighting including suicide bombing, hit and run attacks and lobbing mortars to the government and peacekeeping forces controlled areas. Often these mortars fail to spot their targets and kill innocent civilians.

There are growing signs that regional and international nations, particularly in the west are similarly threatened by the growing danger of terrorism in the country.

Escalating suicide bomb attacks in the country highlight the growing power of militants linked to Al-Qaida. December last year, the deadliest Suicide Attack in Mogadishu has killed three Somali government"s ministers, medical students and Journalists in Shamo Hotel, where a graduation ceremony was taking place.

In the meantime, early November, a Somali Man attempted to board Daalo Airline flight, carrying 1-kilogram package of chemical powder, a container of liquid chemicals and a syringe that seemed similar incident to the attempted attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 using alike tools to those used by the Nigerian suspect on the Detroit-bound plane in the Christmas day.

The suspected Somali man was arrested by the African Union peacekeeping Forces before boarding the Airplane routed to northern City of Hargeisa in the Self declared state of Somaliland, Djibouti and United Arab Emirates.

Somali police spokesman, Abdulahi Hassan Barise whom I contacted through the phone to Mogadishu told me that this incident is a sign of increasing risk but he said they have no evidence linking the man to Al-Qaida.

In the Sea, Piracy is a different threat to the international shipping. The Somali weak federal government was eager to tackle the pirates but tailed to do so though they control small part of the country and encountering increasing attacks from the Islamists.

Earlier 2009, the Somali navy was re-established to deal with the Piracy in the Somali coast. Up to 500 marines have finished their training in Mogadishu on December, giving a small of hope to root out the piracy.

www.TurkishMaritime.com.tr

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