A UN report stated that ten countries, mostly Islamic, are illegally supplying weapons to Somali warlords. BBC, Powers 'stoking Somali conflict':
What is most striking about this report is the detailed links between countries such as Iran, Syria and Lebanon and the Islamic Courts Union.
For example, the authors say 720 Somali fighters went to Lebanon to help Hezbollah fight Israel in July.
Syria is said to have sent an aircraft full of guns to the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Iran is reported to have sent three shipments of arms to Somalia between July and September.
And one paragraph in the report says two Iranians were in Somalia looking into getting uranium in exchange for supplying arms.