Ethiopa Sends Troops Into Somalia As US Backed Governments Nears Collapse
San Francisco Bay Area
21 Aug 2006 00:08 GMT
The current war in Somalia is a portion of the US global "War on Terror" that has gotten very little coverage in the US media. A regional war looks likely in East Africa as Ethiopia is sending more troops into Somalia to back the "official" government in Baidoa while Eritrea appears to be supplying arms to the Islamic Courts Unions which controls Mogadishu and much of the rest of the country (outside of the independent regions of Somaliland and Puntland). Baidoa and the Islamic Courts had agreed to recognize each other under a deal brokered by the Arab League, but the Courts withdrew from talks on July 22nd in protest at Ethiopian intervention. Tensions have risen between the two sides since the Islamic Courts defeated the US-led warlord Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism and seized full control of the capital Mogadishu in June. Many cabinet ministers in the Baidoan government have resigned amid mounting criticism over the deployment of Ethiopian troops inside Somalia.