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No Winner Seen in Somalia’s Battle With Chaos

Somalia is once again a raging battle zone, with jihadists pouring in from overseas, preparing for a final push to topple the transitional government.
Somalia is once again a raging battle zone, with jihadists pouring in from overseas, preparing for a final push to topple the transitional government. The government is begging for help, saying that more peacekeepers, more money and more guns could turn the tide against the Islamist radicals. But the reality may be uglier than either side is willing to admit: Somalia has become the war that nobody can win, at least not right now. None of the factions — the moderate Islamist government, the radical Shabab militants, the Sufi clerics who control some parts of central Somalia, the clan militias who control others, the autonomous government of Somaliland in the northwest and the semiautonomous government of Puntland in the northeast — seem powerful enough, organized enough or popular enough to overpower the other contenders and end the violence that has killed thousands over the past two years. Somalia analysts say the main event, the government versus the Shabab, will drag on for months, fueled by outside support on both sides. The United Nations and Western countries see the transitional government, however feeble, as their best bulwark against piracy and Islamist extremism in Somalia, and are pumping in hundreds of millions of dollars for the government’s security. At the same time, the Shabab are kept afloat by an influx of weapons and fighters, much of it reported to be flowing through neighboring Eritrea.
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