Somaliland: Islamist Militia in Somalia Intend to “Unify All Somali People”
"Our forces advanced to Baidoa, and we are 40 kilometres away. Our main agenda is to seize Baidoa, then we will capture the Puntland and
Turki did not say how many troops are positioned near Baidoa, but senior-level Islamist military commanders told Deutsche Presse- Agentur dpa that around 1,200 soldiers have gathered. The government's information minister, Ali Ahmed Jama Jangali, said it would retaliate on any attack by "jihadists."
The Islamists have accused
The Islamists, who have been waging a successful campaign of territorial expansion across central and southern
Despite both sides accusing the other of violating partial peace agreements, Turki said the Islamists will attend the peace talks, but that they "will not be fruitful."
The Horn of Africa country has been without strong central rule since the 1991 ouster of a dictator plunged the country into anarchy. The third round of peace talks is seen as crucial, as a power- sharing agreement between the internationally-backed government and the Islamists is to be discussed for the first time.