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Mogadishu, Somalia
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    (circa 900- )
    Capital and largest city of Somalia
    Population: 2,587,183 (2010)
    Name means ‘Seat of the Shah’
    Founded as a trading post by Arab settlers
    Captured by the Portuguese (16th Century)
    Captured by Sultan of Zanzibar (1871)
    Leased to Italy (1892)
    Bought by Italy, who made it the capital ever since (1905)
    It is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous cities.
    It has many different spellings.
    It witnessed many battles between the national government, Islamists, and warlords ever since civil war began in 1991.
    As a result, many of its buildings have been severely damaged.
    The Islamic Courts Union (ICU) ruled harshly during their control of the city.(2006)
    It witnessed many battles between the national government, Islamists, and warlords ever since civil war began in 1991.
    Until recently, the national government controlled only a fraction of it; the rest was controlled by Islamists.
    The government is slowly consolidating its control over the entire city.
    It was a prosperous trading post under Arab rule.
    Ibn Battuta mentioned that the locally produced cloth was unrivaled and the food was abundant.
    Even though the Portuguese occupied the city for a long time, they were unsuccessful in subjugating it completely.
    Mogadishu University is considered one of the 100 best universities in Africa despite the mayhem in the city.

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