The freeing of Mogadishu was a turning point and might not only make Mogadishu a more peaceful place, but also set Somalia on the right path to stability - an opportunity it had not seen for at least twenty years.
Ever since 'Black Hawk Down', Somalia is not known as a country bearing good news. For over 20 years, the country has lacked a stable central government and been wracked by civil war.
One of the main focuses of yesterday's UK Foreign Office conference on Somalia was, perhaps unsurprisingly, the terrorist threat posed by al-Qaeda's newest franchise, al-Shabaab. The very fact that the British government sought to host such a high-profile conference in London demonstrates how serious this threat is being taken.