MOMBASA, Kenya -- As the Islamic Courts Union closes in on Mogadishu, the fighting in Somalia has once again threatened U.N. World Food Program shipments. With both major sides in the country's 18-year conflict fragmenting into warring camps, much more is at stake than a political process. Millions could face starvation.

Somalia Fighting Threatens Food Deliveries

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MOMBASA, Kenya -- In November, the port of Merka in southern Somalia, previously held by the U.N.-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) alliance, was captured without a fight by soldiers of the rival Islamic Courts Union (ICU).

In the aftermath of Merka's fall, the U.N. worried that the ICU might halt aid shipments to the starving country. Those fears proved premature, but ultimately accurate. Last week, further advances by the Islamic Courts threatened to disrupt incoming food convoys. ...

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