Fighting between Somali Islamists and interim government forces has escalated in recent days. After a background report, Ray Suarez talks with two experts about the reasons for the conflict and the possibility of it enveloping the Horn of Africa region.

Ethiopian troops in Somalia to defend the country's embattled government exchanged heavy gunfire with Somali Islamist forces Wednesday, a day after an Islamist deadline passed demanding that the Ethiopians leave or face war.

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Fesshaye Yohannes

Fesshaye Yohannes, a prominent Eritrean journalist, was one of four recipients of the 2002 International Press Freedom Award, honored for his demonstrated courage to report independently under repressive political conditions.