Residents gather to witness the meeting between Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab and rebel group Hizbul Islam, in southern Mogadishu,

 
Residents gather to witness the meeting between Somalia
Residents gather to witness the meeting between Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab and rebel group Hizbul Islam, in southern Mogadishu, January 1, 2011, where the two groups officially merged. Al Shabaab, which means "the youth" in Arabic, controls most of the south of Somalia and much of Mogadishu, from where they launch attacks on the United Nations-backed government. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)