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November 18, 2008 4:37 PM

Islamists poised to seize Somalia again in setback to U.S.

A radical Islamist group that U.S. officials say is tied to al Qaida has seized much of southern Somalia and is poised to take the capital, Mogadishu, as the country's internationally backed government nears collapse. It's the very scenario the Bush administration hoped to avoid two years ago when it backed Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia.

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