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June 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A fundamentalist Muslim whom the U.S. suspects of collaborating with Al Qaeda terrorists was named Saturday as the new leader of an Islamist militia that has seized control of the capital. The militia, which changed its name Saturday from the Islamic Courts Union to the Conservative Council of Islamic Courts, said in a statement that it had appointed Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys as its new leader. The Bush administration has alleged that Aweys was an associate of Osama bin Laden in the 1990s.
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June 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A fundamentalist Muslim whom the U.S. suspects of collaborating with Al Qaeda terrorists was named Saturday as the new leader of an Islamist militia that has seized control of the capital. The militia, which changed its name Saturday from the Islamic Courts Union to the Conservative Council of Islamic Courts, said in a statement that it had appointed Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys as its new leader. The Bush administration has alleged that Aweys was an associate of Osama bin Laden in the 1990s.
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December 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Somalia is in "a state of war," Islamic leader Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys said as his fighters battled U.N.-backed government troops for control of villages. The fighting went on for a third day despite an agreement by both sides to return to peace talks. A photographer saw 19 bodies of Islamic fighters near the government garrison town of Baidoa. Islamic fighters control the capital, Mogadishu.
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July 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The leader of the Islamic militia that has taken hold of southern Somalia rebuffed a U.N. plan for peace talks with the government, saying he will not negotiate until the government expels Ethiopian troops. Somalian government leaders and Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry have denied that Ethiopian soldiers are in Somalia, but many witnesses have confirmed their presence.
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July 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Islamic militia movement that controls Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, arrested two members for killing two people who were watching a World Cup soccer match, the group's leader said. The two allegedly shot a teenage girl and a businessman who defied their orders to stop watching a Tuesday match. Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys said the group had not officially banned TV. The fighters will be charged with manslaughter under Islamic law; punishment could include compensation for the victims'
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April 24, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A hard-line Somali opposition leader accused of having links to Al Qaeda arrived in Mogadishu, the capital, for the first time in two years, officials said. Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys had been based in Eritrea's capital, Asmara, since Ethiopian troops drove him and his supporters from strongholds in southern Somalia and Mogadishu. Aweys' faction of the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia is a member of the Islamic Party, which is opposed to the government of President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed.
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April 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The top U.S. diplomat for Africa urged Somalis on Saturday to leave behind 16 years of bloody conflict and focus on national reconciliation, warning that the country had turned into a refuge for terrorists. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi E. Frazer made a surprise visit to the Horn of Africa country on the sixth day of a fragile cease-fire between the government and Islamic insurgents.
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January 3, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
The collapse last week of the Islamic Courts Union in Mogadishu is reviving old clan rivalries that experts say will play a key role in Somalia's future. The following is a primer on the nation's clans. There are six main clans and minority groups, and dozens of subclans. Hawiye, the largest by number, are historically based in central Somalia and the capital, Mogadishu, though, like most clans, can be found all over the country.
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June 4, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Six foreign fighters linked to Al Qaeda, including one carrying an American passport, were among those killed in a U.S. missile strike Friday in Somalia's Puntland region, Somalian officials said Sunday. The fighters are believed to be remnants of the Islamic Courts Union, a group of religious extremists who were driven out of Mogadishu in December by Ethiopian and Somalian troops.
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September 15, 2007 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Following a week of walkouts and heated arguments, an unlikely alliance of Somalian opposition groups found an ideological middle ground Friday, electing a moderate Islamist leader after agreeing to omit a reference to "jihad" from its charter.
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