Somalia: Al-Shabab’s Pyrrhic Victory?

Somalia’s president today said he would welcome negotiations with the country’s main opposition leader, a hardline Islamist named Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, leading to speculation that a unity government might be a possibility.

IRIN reports Somalia’s main Islamist militant group, al-Shabaab, has recently captured several strategic towns near the capital city of Mogadishu, but that the group does not command popular support.

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