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Somalia Is Likely to Cut Ties To Mercenaries, The Minister of information For The Transitional Federal Government Said Sunday

0%2050%20a The minister of information for The transitional Somali

Government said Sunday that Somalia is likely to end its



Relationship with Saracen International, a private security


Company in which South African mercenaries and the founder of Blackwater Worldwide are said to be involved.Saracen has offered to train government troops, and battle pirates and Islamist insurgents in Somalia, which has been steeped in civil war for 20 years.

But after the recent disclosure of an African Union report that said Erik Prince, Blackwater’s founder, provided seed money for the Saracen contract and was "at the top of the management chain," many of Somalia’s biggest financial supporters, including the United States, have questioned the wisdom of the deal. Somali officials have cooled to the idea.

At this point, our collective thinking is that this is not a good thing," said Minister of Information Abdulkareem Jama. We don’t want to have anything to do with Blackwater," he said, mentioning accusations that Blackwater employees had killed civilians in Iraq. "We need help, but we don’t want mercenaries."

Other Somali officials were said to be debating how to handle Saracen.


Afghan President Hamid Karzai resisted demands from winning parliamentary candidates Sunday to dissolve a special tribunal investigating alleged election fraud, potentially undercutting a deal in which he agreed to inaugurate the legislature later this week.

Sunday was the day parliament was originally scheduled to start work, but Karzai last week announced a one-month delay so the special tribunal could continue investigations. Lawmakers threatened to convene without Karzai’s approval and appeared to win a victory Saturday with a deal to inaugurate the assembly Wednesday — only three days late — as long as investigations could continue.

However, the compromise appeared at risk of unraveling Sunday when some members of the new parliament sent a letter to the president’s office saying they would not accept rulings from the special tribunal, only from the regular courts, on the validity of the September vote.


Antonio Guterres, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, scolded other nations for deporting Iraqis back into danger, delivering his criticism on a day when insurgents rattled the Baghdad area with a series of bombings that killed 10 people.

Guterres said an estimated 2,000 Iraqis have been fleeing their homeland every month, including a "significant number of Christians." But some countries have forced many to return to some of Iraq’s most violent regions.

Guterres did not identify those countries, but they are believed to include Sweden.


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