Fifty-seven members of the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda, headed by Osama bin Laden, who fled Afghanistan, have found refuge in Somali. This was reported by the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail with reference to one of the Somali leaders in opposition to the country's transitional government, Hussein Aidida. According to him, the Al-Qaeda militants, who have sufficient sums of money, "buy" protection and good attitude on the part of the local authorities and the poor population, as they did earlier in Afghanistan. In the opinion of a number of the American mass media, Somali is the next most possible target, after Afghanistan, of the US anti-terrorist operation.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987