When the Islamic Courts Union took control of Somalia it was like a repeat of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan. They did the usual things, like banning football and enforcing Sharia, but soon it became obvious that Somalia was becoming a terrorist state.
These men have seized power in a country that contains 17 operational terrorist training camps, as described in a confidential report prepared by the nongovernmental group Partners International Foundation in 2002. The claim in this report has been confirmed by a military intelligence source. Today, hundreds of terrorists from Afghan istan, Chechnya, Iraq, Pakistan, and the Arabian peninsula are said to be flocking to Somalia to train in or staff these camps. According to a military intelligence source, the camps provide training in the use of improvised explosive devices to counter Ethiopian vehicles.[A New Terrorist Haven]
Also came reports that al Qaeda was operating in Somalia and unlike 1993 the United States did not run away from fighting. In 1993 the American forces were sent into Mogadishu to capture two lieutenants of a Somali warlord. The raid was successful, but two Black Hawks were downed by the Somali militia and a battle at close range between the Americans and the Somali militia erupted.
During the battle 19 American soldiers were killed and following this incident President Clinton withdrew the American troops. In an interview Osama bin Laden said that the American withdrawal from Somalia had emboldened al Qaeda.
This time it was not going to be so. For such terrorists to be nipped in the bud you need active partnership from the neighboring countries and first Ethiopia struck decisively using jets and Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships. The al Qaeda led Islamic State of Iraq asked Muslims around the world to support the terrorists, but then the International Courts were losing control over towns line Dinsor.
Kenya meanwhile closed the border and US Special forces based in Djibouti started chasing three top al Qaeda suspects believed to be in Somalia. The support Americans got from the Transitional Federal Government prompted the Wall Street Journal to remark in an editorial, “If only we received the same level of candid cooperation from Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf”.
In the 1993 battle in Mogadishu, the American forces were saved by the arrival of the 10th Mountain Division of Pakistan and Malaysian UN troops. According to Musharraf the work done by the Pakistanis were not given proper credit in the movie Black Hawk Down and he ranted about it in his Fantasy/Fiction autobiography.
When it is pointed out that his country is the source of terrorism his rants sound like a broken tape. The stock reply is that no other country has done more in the war like Pakistan. While the