Counter-Terrorism: Eritrea Busted For Aiding And Abetting

Archives

August 9, 2011: A UN investigation into recent terrorist plots against AU (African Union) leaders has revealed that Eritrea was providing support for Islamic terror groups via Eritrean embassies. In particular, UN investigators found evidence of Eritrean support for an aborted terror attack on an AU summit meeting in Ethiopia this past January.

Eritrea is run by a paranoid dictator who has obtained support from Iran against all his real or imagined enemies. This has made Eritrea a base area for Islamic terror groups throughout the region. Eritrea, which supports anyone opposed to Ethiopia, has, for example, financed a move of Somali Ethiopian rebels (from the border province of Ogaden) into Somaliland. But local militias halted and surrounded most of the invaders. Captured rebels admitted the Eritrean connection, as did captured material (currency and documents).

This Eritrean support for terrorism has been going on for most of the decade, and has been known, or suspected, for some time. Two years ago, the UN felt there was sufficient evidence to impose sanctions. But these have not slowed down Eritrea much. But at least now everyone knows, and there’s little doubt about what’s going on there. Eritrea, of course, denies everything.

 


Article Archive

Counter-Terrorism: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 


X

ad
0
30

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 30 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close