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US backing Ethiopia's Somalia intervention?

ISSUE 255
Front Page
Index
Headlines

Security Council Approves African Protection Force To Be Deployed In TFG Stronghold

Somaliland Government And World Bank Agree To Co-operate

Hargeysa Judicial Court Acquits ‘Hassan Dahir Aweys’ of Terrorism

'Heavy Fighting' In Somali Town

Islamic Courts snubs UN resolution

Hargeysa police arrest Abdillahi Makawi

UCID Warns Rayale’s Government To ‘Wakeup’

SOPRI’s 'Goodwill Mission To Somaliland' Delegation Arrives Today In Hargeysa

Regional Affairs

Uganda Ready To Send Peacekeepers To Somalia

Somalia Official Issues Beheading Threat

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Feingold, Coleman Fault Bush Policy On Somalia

Democracy Promotion: The European Way

Jendayi Frazer Is Making Mistakes And Enemies For The U.S.

Rapist Asylum Seeker Due Damages

U.N. Security Council OKs Somalia Forces

Analyst Says Negatives Outweigh Positives In UN Somalia Resolution

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Somalia: The Ethiopia Factor in the Rise of the Union of Islamic Courts

The Time Is Now For A U.S. Africa Command

Africa Insight: Storm Clouds Over Somalia As Rivals Prepare For Battle

Security Council Approves African Protection, Training Mission In Somalia

Seattle Islamic Quiz

Somaliland Fact Sheet - Dec 2006

Food for thought

Opinions

Support Democracy & Reject Political Form Of Islamic Sharia Law In Somaliland

Fallout From The UN-Approved Peace Keeping In Somalia

THE DYNAMICS OF THE FLUX

Somaliland And Islamic Courts

The Anti-Somaliland Conference In Virginia: A Spent Force Running After A Mirage

The Stupidity Of Our Voting Public Never Ceases To Astound Me

Somaliland By Ahmed Aw Gedi

How to Perform the Rituals of Hajj and Umrah


By Bill Weinberg

12/06/2006

Thousands of Somalis chanted anti-US slogans at an Islamist protest against a Washington-backed plan to send foreign peacekeepers to prop up the country's weak interim government Dec. 4. In a decrepit Mogadishu football stadium, Somalis shouted "Down with the USA!" as speakers accused the US and Ethiopia of planning to invade Somalia. (Reuters, Dec. 4) Meanwhile, an overview of reports from the region's press picked up by BBC Monitoring indicates this intervention may already be in the works.

Ethiopian TV reported on the widely-overlooked visit to Addis Ababa by Gen. John Abizaid, chief of the US Central Command, on the same day as the anti-US rally in Mogadishu. Abizaid met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and discussed "further strengthening cooperation" between the two governments on regional stability in the Horn of Africa.

There are growing signs of this cooperation. The Somalia-based Somaaljecel website reported Nov. 27 that a "tripartite meeting among military officers from Ethiopia, America, and Yemen was held yesterday at a military base in Gode city in Ethiopia's Somali regional state. Djibouti-based US military officers tasked with the fight against what is referred to [as] terrorism, military officers of Yemeni air and ground forces, as well as some high-ranking Ethiopian military officers took part in the meeting. The tripartite meeting discussed on the best ways to counter the Somali Islamic Courts and maintain security in the Horn of Africa. The meeting was concluded with the three sides agreeing to cooperate on the maintenance of security in the Horn of Africa while countering what is referred to [as] terrorists in the region. At the meeting, a coalition among the three countries was formed, and there is a plan to expand it to include Uganda and other unidentified countries."

Somaaljecel also reported Dec. 3 that two military officers who defected to Mogadishu from the autonomous Somaliland region met with officials of the Islamic Courts Union and revealed "many secrets" on growing collaboration between Ethiopia and the breakaway Somaliland government. The two officers, Ali Du'ale Abubakar and Muhammad Abdullahi Abbas said "they had come to their Muslim brethren to participate in the jihad" against Ethiopia. They claimed they had recently completed training in field artillery and anti-aircraft guns in Awasa, Ethiopia. "After I realized I was part of the forces being prepared to invade the country, I decided to join the Islamic courts and contribute my knowledge," said Ali Du'ale. "Our conscience would not let us bombard our country."

Kenya's The Standard newspaper reported Dec. 4 on a mysterious mission by US Marines to the country's North Eastern Province bordering Somalia, which "has raised eyebrows among the local Muslims amid fears that the province is likely to be used as the launching pad" for military intervention. The Marines' unexpected arrival in a convoy of trucks with sophisticated military and engineering equipment reportedly "caused a stir" in Garissa town. "We thought we had seen the last of them when they left the province late 2004 after completing the humanitarian projects," said Hussein Issa, Garissa chairman of the ruling National Rainbow Coalition (NARC). "Now that they are back, it seems they have a special attachment to northern Kenya - probably due to its proximity to Somalia."

Ogaden Online reported Dec. 5 that Ethiopian troops have established checkpoints on the main road between Mogadishu and Baidoa, seat of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG). The report claimed these troops have actually planted the car bombs which have exploded in Baidoa recently (see Shabelle Media Network, Nov. 30), as a provocation which would be blamed on the Islamic Courts Union.

The Somalia-based Goobjoog website charged Nov. 25 that Ethiopia is arming the TFG forces in Baidoa, and that the TFG troops are actually wearing Ethiopian army uniforms.

Finally, the Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement entitled "Foreign intervention will only destabilize Somalia," charging that the pending Security Council resolution on a peacekeeping mission would only "sanction military intervention by foreign forces to prop up one political entity in Somalia."

All above sources via BBC Monitoring.

Source: ww4report.com


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