Containing Chaos: Somalia Today
After nearly two decades of civil war, most of Mogadishu's landmarks are unrecognizable. In Somalia's capital, the remains of Somali National University now serve as a base for African Union troops who are trying to protect the U.S.-backed government from an Islamist insurgency.
October 6, 2010 Eastleigh, an area in Nairobi, Kenya, is home to tens of thousands of refugees from neighboring Somalia. Known as "Little Mogadishu," Eastleigh is becoming a new recruiting ground for al-Shabab, the militant group that aims to create a strict Islamist state in Somalia.
October 5, 2010 Since April, European Union soldiers have been training Somali recruits to fight Islamist insurgents trying to topple their country's beleaguered government. The trainers are finding that the soldiers — whose salaries are paid by the U.S. — have a lot to learn about warfare.
October 4, 2010 Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, is a front line in the global war against radical Islam. A group known as al-Shabab that claims links to al-Qaida wants to create a strict Muslim state. About 7,000 African Union peacekeeping troops are trying to stop them.