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Vol 37 No 17

Published 23rd August 1996


Somalia

Aydeed's legacy

America's arch-enemy is succeeded by his American son while his rivals plot

The death on 1 August of General Mohamed Farah Hassan 'Aydeed' has created opportunities but not many for peace. Within a week of the self-proclaimed President's death, his son and successor, Hussein Mohamed Farah 'Aydeed', was vowing to 'exterminate' his father' s enemies. Fighting was heavy at Baledogle airfield, some 60 kilometres northwest of Mogadishu (which A ydeed had briefly lost to his rival 'President', Ali Mahdi Mohamed, a few days before he died) and there was also fighting around Afgoi, 30km. west of the capital. The Rahenweyne Resistance Army (which was formed last August after Gen. Aydeed captured Baidoa) claimed to have retaken Hoddur from A ydeed' s faction and to be

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