Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys
, who is listed as a terrorist by the US State Department, was elected yesterday as the head of a new parliament set up by the militant "Islamic Court Union
" which recently captured Somalian capital of Mogadishu. Aweys is the former head of a militant group known as al-Itihaad al-Islamiya
, which was once funded by Osama bin Laden and is supposedly linked to the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. It is unclear just how much power Aweys will have in the new "government" (which has no international recognition) , but his election is disturbing regardless of the exact role he plays. Supposedly, the top official in the new government is a more "moderate" islamist named Sharif Sheikh Ahmed
. However, I tend to agree those who say that that the Islamic Court Union the African equivalent of the Taliban and could make Somalia into a haven for terrorists.