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Keyword: Abdullahi Yusuf

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As reconciliation efforts in Somalia fail, China reaches for its oil

M.A. Shaikh

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

It was widely expected that the reconciliation-congress chaired by the ineffectual transitional government, headed by the former warlord and nominal president Abdullahi Yusuf, would fail almost as soon as it began on July 15. What was not expected was China’s decision to secure a contract with the nominal head. Not only is there no chance to find and extract oil, because of the endemic unrest all over the country, but China’s expected involvement in the federal government’s schemes is bound to contribute to the violence.

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US and its allies fight back as Islamic movement offers Somalia a chance of peace

M.A. Shaikh

Jumada' al-Akhirah 05, 14272006-07-01

The agreement reached on June 22 at Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, by Somalia's nominal transitional government and the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) – which is in control of the capital,Mogadishu, and most of southern Somalia – has been hailed as a first step towards the restoration of peace, tranquillity and unity to the violence-ridden "failed state".

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