IRIN Africa | Horn of Africa | Somalia | Analysis: Who is fighting whom in Somalia | Governance Conflict Urban Risk | Feature

TFG forces comprise fighters who used to serve various warlords, former members of the UIC, clan militia and Ethiopian-trained forces. These disparate groups have weak central command and control, despite the government’s efforts, so are rarely able to carry out a coordinated attack. There have been incidents of fighting between the different units.Photo: Jamal Osman/IRINIDPs waiting for food in Mogadishu (file photo)The main threat to the TFG is posed by Al-Shabab. It is on a US terror list and is accused of having links with Al-Qaeda. The group controls much of southern and central Somalia, including parts of Mogadishu. Al-Shabab is reportedly led by a shadowy figure who goes by the name of Abu Zubeyr. His real name, according to Somali sources, is Ahmed Godane and he is originally from secessionist Somaliland. His main contact is through taped messages given to Somali radio stations. The group’s professed aim is to spread Islam across the glob

IRIN Africa | Horn of Africa | Somalia | Analysis: Who is fighting whom in Somalia | Governance Conflict Urban Risk | Feature

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