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Renewed clashes kill 14 in Somalia

Fierce clashes on Friday left at least 14 people dead as Somali government forces attempted to drive Islamist rebels out of the capital Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said.

Troops attacked the rebels in three positions in southern Mogadishu which they wrested from the government in recent heavy clashes that have killed more than 100 people.

Military spokesman Farhan Mahdi Mohamed vowed they would fight until the insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon.  are dislodged from the capital, but witnesses said they saw the troops beating a retreat as their rivals advanced.

Eight passengers were killed when a mortar shell struck a bus in southern Mogadishu.

"The bus was passing in front of my gate when the disaster occurred. There was blood and human body parts all around. It was a horrible scene," said Bashir Abdurahman.

Another six people, among them a local journalist and three government troops, were killed in the renewed battles, witnesses and officials said.

Officials at Mogadishu's Medina hospital said 53 people had been taken for treatment.

The fighting had fizzled out into sporadic gunfire by Friday afternoon, an AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol.  correspondent reported.

The National Union of Somali Journalists condemned the death of the Radio Shabelle journalist who was killed in the crossfire A multi-GPU interface from ATI for connecting two ATI display adapters together for faster graphics rendering on one monitor. CrossFire machines require PCI Express slots, a CrossFire-enabled motherboard and, depending on which models are used, either a pair of ATI Radeon adapters or one .

He "was on his way (to the station) when bullets hit him on the chest. His body was lying on the road for about 45 minutes as the militias were shooting at anyone who wanted to take his body," the union said in a statement.

Earlier, the army spokesman said one soldier was wounded and claimed they had regained control of the three areas of the capital -- Tarbunka, Bakara and Howlwadag -- held by the insurgents.

"This is a large military offensive against violent people," he said. "The government will sweep them out of the capital and the fighting will continue until that happens."

But a spokesman for the rebels, who call themselves the Shebab or Party of Youth, denied the claim.

"The enemies of Allah attacked our positions this morning and our fighters are defending themselves. They have not not taken any positions from us," said Sheikh sheikh
 or shaykh

Among Arabic-speaking tribes, especially Bedouin, the male head of the family, as well as of each successively larger social unit making up the tribal structure. The sheikh is generally assisted by an informal tribal council of male elders.
 Ali Mohamoud Rage.

Ten days of fierce clashes between the two sides have killed more than 100 people and displaced 46,000 others.

The Shebab and Hezb al-Islamiya fighters are the main insurgents trying to topple the transitional government of President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed Sheikh Ahmed (b. October 26, 1973 in Islington, London) - not to be confused with Al-Jazeera editor-in-chief Ahmed Sheikh - is a British web developer, music blogger and DJ.  elected in January under a UN-sponsored reconciliation deal.

The rebels launched attacks against the government on May 7 and said they had received the support of foreign fighters to wage some of the fiercest clashes Mogadishu has suffered in months.

An East African Adj. 1. East African - of or relating to or located in East Africa  regional bloc this week called for UN sanctions on Eritrea, blaming it for propping up the insurgents in their bid to topple the government.

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) also asked the UN to impose an aerial and maritime blockade to starve the rebels of weapons supplies.

The Horn of Africa Horn of Africa, peninsula, NE Africa, opposite the S Arabia Peninsula. Also known as the Somali Peninsula, it encompasses Somalia and E Ethiopia and is the easternmost extension of the continent, separating the Gulf of Aden from the Indian Ocean.  nation has not had a central government since the ouster ouster n. 1) the wrongful dispossession (putting out) of a rightful owner or tenant of real property, forcing the party pushed out of the premises to bring a lawsuit to regain possession.  of president Mohamed Siad Barre Mohamed Siad Barre (Somali: Maxamed Siyaad Barre) (1919 – January 2, 1995) was the Head of State of Somalia from 1969 to 1991. Prior to his presidency he was an army commander under the democratic government of Somalia which had been in place since independence in June  in 1991 which set off a bloody cycle of clashes between rival factions.
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