US FORCES SHUTDOWN OF INTERNET
A telecommunications company, al-Barakaat, is also on the list and has been forced to close after its assets were frozen. al-Barakaat is the largest employer in Somalia and is relied upon by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Somalis for money transfers in and out of the country, reports the BBC. Over 80 per cent of Somalis depend on money they receive from relatives outside the country. A BBC correspondent says all Internet cafes in the country have shut down and international phone lines are now being run by only two companies. Both al-Barakaat and SIC have said that they do not have links with terrorists. To view the BBC article, see http://news.bbc.co.uk/.