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allAfrica.com: Somalia: Ethiopia Soldiers Blamed for Mosque Massacre (Page 1 of 1)

allAfrica.com: Somalia: Ethiopia Soldiers Blamed for Mosque Massacre (Page 1 of 1)"The first person they [Ethiopian soldiers] killed was Sheikh Said Yahya, the Imam [prayer leader]," Omar said, adding that the late Imam opened the mosque door after the soldiers knocked.

"I stood above 11 dead bodies, some with their throat slit and others shot to death," said the witness describing the gruesome scene. Of the 11 dead victims, nine were regular congregants at the mosque and reportedly were part of the Tabliiq wing of Sunni Islam.

A source who took part in Monday's effort to bury the dead victims privately told Garowe Online that some of the victims had their hands cut off and their backs broken.

America through Arab eyes - International Herald Tribune

America through Arab eyes - International Herald Tribune: "The Bush administration has made democracy promotion a central pillar of its foreign policy in the Middle East at the level of rhetoric, but in practice it pays little heed to behaving democratically in its interaction with the Arab people.

If democracy means the rule of the people, ideally a country's domestic and foreign policies should reflect the majority sentiments of its citizens."

Jimmy Carter Gets the Point - by Philip Giraldi

Jimmy Carter Gets the Point - by Philip Giraldi: "Poor Jimmy Carter. All he wanted to do was talk peace. But all he got was the shaft, from the Bush administration, the secretary of state, the Israeli government, the mainstream media, and the presidential candidates. White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe denounced his meeting with Hamas representatives from Gaza as not 'useful.' Condi Rice intoned that 'Hamas is a terrorist organization,' which she then described as an 'impediment to peace' and the Israeli government did her one better by refusing to speak to Carter at all, though he was permitted five minutes with President Shimon Peres as a courtesy."

Al Jazeera English - News - Somalis Flee After Mogadishu Battle

Al Jazeera English - News - Somalis Flee After Mogadishu Battle
The fighting on Saturday on Sunday was some of the heaviest in Mogadishu in recent months, according to locals.

Ethiopian troops helped the Somali military force the Islamic Courts Union movement out of the capital and much of the south of the country in late 2006. They have been deployed there ever since.

Mohammed Gure, chairman of the Somalia Concern Group, told Al Jazeera that the violence was a "popular uprising" against the Ethiopian forces.

"The fighters are not only from the Islamic courts, they are from the Somali nationalists, they come from the former Somali army, they also come from the children and the fathers of those who were displaced or had their homes and livelihoods destroyed by the Ethiopian tanks," he said.

"Somalia is a country under Ethiopian occupation and the Somali people are fighting to free their country."