Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Somali Islamists on the Run

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A joint Ethiopian/Somali government force has beat back Islamic insurgents intent on taking over the troubled nation:

Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, leader of the Council of Islamic Courts' executive body, said the group had told its troops to withdraw from some areas.

"The war is entering a new phase," he said. "We will fight Ethiopia for a long, long time and we expect the war to go everyplace."

Ahmed declined to explain his comments in greater detail, but some Islamic leaders had threatened a guerrilla war to include suicide bombings in Addis Ababa. He also accused Ethiopian troops of massacring 50 civilians in the central town of Cadado.

It's not as easy for the Islamists in Somalia to spread their propaganda as it is in Iraq. This is not over, but only a continuation of the peace/war cycle in the horn of Africa.

Update: The reasons I love the alternative media are myriad, providing background on those who "report" the news or write editorials is at the top.

Update 2: Exactly!

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