Clinton to help Somalia

NAIROBI - US secretary of state Hillary Clinton met with the president of Somalia Sheikh Sharif Ahmed yesterday, showing US support for a fragile government that is battling militants, including al Shabaab insurgents.

Australian police said this week they had uncovered a plot to attack a Sydney army base by men they said had links to al Shabaab, which Washington accuses of being al Qaeda's proxy in the Horn of Africa nation.

Clinton said she would discuss with the president how the world could help stabilise the Horn of Africa country, which Western security agencies say is a haven for militants plotting attacks in the region and beyond.

"We know we're facing a very difficult conflict and al Shabaab and terrorist elements pose a threat," Clinton said.- Reuters