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War is Boring: Islamists, New Somali President Sign Peace Deal

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

In late January, Ethiopia withdrew its last soldiers from Somalia after more than two years of bloody occupation and insurgency. Their departure immediately catalyzed a dramatic chain of events. The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) that had been backed by Ethiopia, the U.S. and the U.N. fled to Djibouti and, in apparent desperation, signed a peace deal with an alliance of moderate Islamists. As part of the deal, the TFG welcomed hundreds of alliance representatives into a newly-expanded parliament.

The African Union declared the peace deal a "paradigm shift that gives Somalis a chance for lasting peace and reconciliation." ...

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