Somalia has been lost in chaos for the past 30 years, but this week's fighting marks a surprising turn of events. Two weeks ago, the Union of Islamic Courts, which had taken control of Somalia from a UN-recognized transitional government, was pushed out by the Ethiopian military. Days later, the US began its air strikes.
Abdurahman Ali Osman grew up in Somalia. As a young man in Mogadishu, he knew some of the kids who would grow up to become Islamist extremists and leaders of the Islamic Courts.