The civil war in Somalia has been going on for over 18 years.
Talk about this war can be long, so I'll just introduce you to the actors.
As you probably know, the president does not control even the country's capital.
Islamist groups are the most influential forces in the country, they are struggling with state militias loyal to the transitional government.
Government long ago would have fallen if the country is not included troops African Union Mission in Somalia, who are able to fight back the Islamists.