12 civilians were killed over the weekend in Mogadishu after soldiers shelled a northern residential area. The shells were retaliation for six mortars that were fired at the presidential palace by insurgents. The Somali capital city has been plagued by violence for months and police warn that with the arrival of foreigners that aim to help Muslim extremists, the violence will only get worse, BBC News.
Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, the commander of the Marine expeditionary brigade in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, says the U.S. is concerned about the lack of Afghan troops in the area. The U.S. has 4,000 Marines in the area now, with several thousand joining them soon, but there are only 400 effective Afghan troops currently fighting, New York Times.
Just after 4am tomorrow morning, an event will occur that only happens once in a century – the time and date will align to make 04:05:06 07/08/09, USA Today.