Somali Islamists Clash in Southern Town

Somali Islamists with ties to Al-Qaeda struggle to control town near Kenyan border.


Somali Islamists are battling to control a town near the Kenya border. That it and of itself doesn't particularly interest the State Department until a little al-Qaeda love got into the mix.

Resident Dahir Siyad says hundreds of fighters from Hizbul Islam forced militants from al-Shabab out of town after a pre-dawn attack Thursday. The U.S. State Department says al-Shabab is a terrorist organization with links to al-Qaida.

Hizbul Islam and al-Shabab previously fought together against the U.N.-backed government. But they have recently clashed.

Where will the beaten insurgents go?

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