16 July 2009

With Thanks to Mike

If you have seen our exchange from my previous post, Mike mentioned an article in the New York Times about Somali students from the University of Minnesota who left school to join Shabaab, a militant group aligned with Al Qaeda.  This group has been responsible for the majority of fighting in Somalia over the past few months.  They have been active for longer, but more recently have made a push for taking over the country.  The article is well researched and delves into how these men have been convinced to leave higher education for bomb jackets.  I encourage everyone to at least read the article.  The fighting continues just north of me with no real end in sight.