After 22 years of war, Somalia’s is a military – estimated at some 10,000-strong – with little resembling a proper command structure, let alone esprit de corps. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

The man in the back of the pick-up truck driving along a Mogadishu street is wearing military fatigues with the pale blue starred Somali flag sewn on (...)

Security agents arrive to secure the United Nations compound following a suicide bomb attack in the capital Mogadishu yesterday. Photograph: Omar Faruk/Reuters

Fifteen people have been killed after Islamist militants launched their first major assault for years on a UN compound in the Somali capital, Mogadish(...)