Ethiopia plans to get its troops out of the country with a month. Somalis
don't like foreigners, and love to attack and rob outlanders, even if the prey
is heavily armed. Meanwhile, captured foreigners, suspected of being Islamic
terrorists, are being brought in. The Transitional Government is going to try
and disarm the population, or at least collect "excess weapons" and
stuff not needed for personal protection (machine-guns, mortars and other heavy
weapons.) Kenyan border guards have arrested at least a dozen men, suspected of
being Islamic Courts officials, as they tried to cross the border.
of low-key military assistance to Ethiopia have paid off. U.S. military
trainers have helped raise the skill levels of Ethiopian troops and leaders.
American instructors also provided assistance to Ethiopian planners, which
helped make the Somalia operation possible. Meanwhile, in Djibouti, just north
of Somalia, members of 1,500 man American counter-terrorism task force are on
the move. The general direction is south, and the mission is to help round up
Islamic terrorists now on the run again, with their Somali refuge gone.
2, 2007: Four Ethiopian helicopters pursuing Islamist fighters missed their
target two miles from the border and bombed a Kenyan border post twice. Kenyan
fighter planes were rushed to the area, where an estimated 4,000 refugees are
camped on the Somali side. The Kenyans won't let anyone cross, fearing that the
Islamists could disappear among the 160,000 refugees who have already fled to
Kenya over the last 15 years. - Adam Geibel
prime minister over optimistically claims that with the Islamists are scattered
and the fighting largely over, Ethiopia will likely pull its troops out within
weeks. He also wants the country disarmed and ordered a three-day period for
Somalis to voluntarily surrender their arms at government stations. However,
the arms bazaar in Mogadishu has been swamped by Somalis, desperate for a
quick dollar, dumping their hidden weapons. Prices on belt-fed machineguns have
dropped, from $3,000 to $1,800. - Adam Geibel
1, 2007: Ethiopian and Transitional Government troops entered Kismayo,
the last major town held by the Islamic Courts. The leaders of the Islamic
Courts fled, some going back to their clans, to seek protection there. The
foreigners, generally believed to be Islamic terrorists and al Qaeda members,
scattered, trying to avoid capture. The Transitional Government offered amnesty
to Islamic Courts gunmen.
31, 2006: Ethiopian and Somali government forces began an intensive artillery
and mortar bombardment of Islamist forces entrenched in and around Kismayo.
However, the Islamic forces disintegrated overnight under the barrage and
following a mutiny within the ranks. - Adam Geibel
Transitional Government has asked the clans (tribes) to round up foreign
Islamic terrorists. In particular, they are looking for four men involved in
the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa, and other attacks. Rewards are
offered, and the hunt is on.
30, 2006: Islamic Courts leaders vow to fight on in the south. Islamic Courts
gunmen who left Mogadishu were seen headed for the southern port of Kismayo.
American warships are now patrolling off the coast.
29, 2006: Ethiopian and Transitional Government troops entered Mogadishu. There
was looting and violence, as the criminals the Islamic Courts had kept in
check, were once more free to do as they pleased.