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"The Buzz" Continued...

Issue: "Schock factor," Jan. 31, 2009

But piracy on the seas near the Horn of Africa isn't likely to end as long as Somalia remains a country in chaos. Ethiopian troops, which have for two years provided stability in Mogadishu and kept Islamist forces at bay, pulled out Jan. 13 as part of a UN-brokered agreement to allow a transitional government to take control of the capital. Fighting broke out between locals and the hardline Islamist militia Al Shabab and dozens were killed. The United States called for a UN peacekeeping force, just as the U.S. Navy announced the formation of a new international frigate force to fight piracy in the region.

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