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Vol 43 No 12

Published 14th June 2002


And the arms flow on

New arms imports are likely to fuel new fighting, despite the UN embargo

When international eyes focused on Somalia after the atrocities of 11 September, it looked as if the outside world might at last take the crisis there seriously. On 26 September, the United States listed Al Itahaad al Islamiya (Islamic Union) as terrorist then on 7 November, it froze the assets of the main money transfer company, Al Barakaat. The lack of a government and of any control over the movement of people, goods and money, were of obvious help to terrorists. So, a small naval and air force, with British, French, German and US contributions, was dispatched to watch Somalia's ports and prevent access by Al Qaida operatives. Then, nothing happened.

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