Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism
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The Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT) (Somali: Isbaheysiga Ladagaalanka Argagaxisadda) was a Somali alliance created by various warlords and businesspeople. The alliance included Botan Ise Alin, Mohammed Dheere, Mohamed Qanyare, Musa Sudi Yalahow, Nuur Daqle, Abdi Hasan Awale Qeybdiid, Omar Muhamoud Finnish and others. Some of them were ministers in the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia.
Second Battle of Mogadishu
Events in Mogadishu were mostly peaceful in the first phase of the fighting starting February 18 until May 7 when fighting erupted and the alliance lost battle after battle. Somali Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said on Radio Shabelle, the violence was started by the people who have proclaimed themselves to be fighters against terrorism. ICU forces defeated the ARPCT and gained control of Mogadishu by June 5.
Dubbed the Second Battle of Mogadishu, the defeat forced ARPCT forces to surrender or flee. Some remained in Somalia while others, such as warlords Mohamed Dheere and Mohamed Afrah Qanyare, went to Ethiopia seeking refuge.
Both warlords since returned to fight against the ICU in the ensuing war, and are resuming their places in Mogadishu following the Fall of Mogadishu to the Transitional Federal Government and Ethiopian forces in December 2006.
- Somali deaths in fierce clashes, BBC News, 24 March 2006
- From Clan Fighting to Ideological Battleground, UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 11 May 2006
- Bloody street battles in Somalia, CNN, 13 May 2006
- Warring Somali ministers warned, BBC News, 13 May 2006
- U.S. Secretly Backing Warlords in Somalia, Washington Post, 17 May 2006
- Renewed Fighting Claims 11 in Mogadishu, UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 25 May 2006
- Islamists claim control of Mogadishu, Al Jazeera News, 5 June 2006