Somalia: January 18, 2002


After much investigation, and visits by officials from several foreign nations, it's becoming apparent that there is little likelihood that al Qaeda has much of a presence in the country. Islam, as practiced in Somalia, does not encourage fundamentalism and the warlords would be eager to grab any senior al Qaeda officials for the reward. If terrorists tried to throw some money around to buy refuge, they would probably be robbed and killed. Foreigners are seen as potential victims, not business partners. Moreover, the Somalis, including the warlords, are weary from over a decade of violence.


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