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Islamic leader says nation in ‘state of war’

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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