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05 May 2010 description
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By Sudarsan Raghavan

Washington Post Foreign Service

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA -- In a capital that pulses with the sounds of war -- the rumble of armored trucks, the crash of mortars, the crack of AK-47s -- Radio Xurmo was an oasis.

Haunting Somali love songs, vibrant Arabic pop, even Bob Marley and Michael Jackson filled the airwaves.

17 Apr 2010 description
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By Sudarsan Raghavan

Washington Post Foreign Service

Saturday, April 17, 2010

IFO, KENYA -- Two Islamist militants delivered an ultimatum to Zahra Allawi's daughters: marry them or die. The men were from al-Shabab, a militia linked to al-Qaeda that is fighting Somalia's U.S.-backed government. The two girls were 14 and 16.

Allawi said her neighbor in southeastern Somalia received the same command. But he swiftly married off his daughter to someone else.

09 Aug 1996 description
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Somali faction leader Osman Hassan Ato dismissed as "illegitimate" the election of Hussein Mohamed Aideed as president of a self-declared government and successor to his late father, Mohamed Farah Aideed.

Ato, a successful Somali businessman who funded the elder Aideed until they fell out last year, said the election was illegal because clan elders were not involved in the process.

The 31-year-old U.S.-educated former U.S. Marine was chosen Sunday by supporters to succeed the elder Aideed, who died Aug. 1 from battle wounds.

05 Aug 1996 description
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By Stephen Buckley

A son of Somali factional leader Mohamed Farah Aideed was named today to replace his father, who died last week, and to continue trying to subdue rival factions.