Ethiopian Troops Enter Somalia
The Ethiopian army has crossed into Somalia as tensions build between the transitional Somali government and the Islamic militia that controls Mogadishu.
From The Guardian:
Fears of war in the Horn of Africa grew sharply yesterday after Ethiopia sent troops into Somalia to “protect” its neighbour’s fragile government against an advancing Islamist militia.
Dozens of Ethiopian military trucks and armoured vehicles were seen closing in on Baidoa, the seat of Somalia’s interim government, which has no army of its own. Journalists reported seeing hundreds of Ethiopian troops patrolling the town yesterday.
Sheikh Hassan Dahir, an Islamist leader in Somalia, has called for ‘holy war’ in response to the involvement of Ethiopian troops.
“I am calling on the Somali people to wage a holy war against Ethiopians in Somalia.”