MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- The Islamic militiamen controlling the Somali capital broke up a wedding celebration because a band was playing and women and men were socializing together, witnesses said Saturday, describing the latest crackdown by a group feared to be installing Taliban-style rule in this African nation.
The second line of the headline was about how some militiamen killed some guys watching the World Cup earlier in the week. This just goes to show that either news organizations are not understanding the situation or they are deliberately choosing to downplay the difference between the moderate section of the ICU and the hardliners. It's very disappointing.
Further on in the article, they mention how Washington says some members of the militia have links to Al Qaeda and they may be sheltering those responsible for the attacks in Tanzania and Kenya. They also mention Bin Laden's tape calling Somalia a battleground in the fight against the US.
No mention is made of how the ICU is only in power because moderates and hardliners came together to overthrow the warlords, nor that the moderates are being shoved out by the hardliners, but probably have more popular support.
The writer of this article is evidently so ignorant that they cribbed notes from other news articles, never even using the name Islamic Courts Union (or, variably, the Union of Islamic Courts). They use the generic word militia as if the ICU is merely the equivalent of some warlord's band of fighters.
In short, ridiculous. This is an AP story, so I can't blame CNN specifically for writing it, but they ought to be doing a better job of providing in-depth coverage.