**FILE** A Somali Islamist militant patrols the streets of Mogadishu. Al-Shabab Islamic insurgents, with links to al Qaeda, last year looted two United Nations compounds in southern Somalia. The Somali capital sees almost daily attacks aimed at disrupting the weak government. (Associated Press)

**FILE** A Somali Islamist militant patrols the streets of Mogadishu. Al-Shabab Islamic insurgents, with links to al Qaeda, last year looted two United Nations compounds in southern Somalia. The Somali capital sees almost daily attacks aimed at disrupting the weak government. (Associated Press)