While Ethiopia denies presence of soldiers in Somalia, the Islamic Council is preparing to defend the agression

September 26th, 2006 Print Print Email Email

Solomon Abebe, head of information for Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs ministry, denied the deployment of Ethiopian military forces in Baidoa, seat of the Somali interim government. “It is the usual propaganda of the extremists in the Union of Islamic Courts which they utter every time they take illegal action,” he said

The Union of Islamic Courts, however, accused Ethiopia of sending new troops. Ethiopia has always denied the deployment of its troops in Somalia, though in the past its soldiers crossed over the border to defeat radical groups and then retreated.

“We are preparing 2,000 fighters to go to Baidoa to defend the country from the Ethiopians,”? Moalim Hashi Mohamed Farah, a top security official with the Islamists told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Somalia’s Islamists are readying troops and recruiting to defend themselves against Ethiopian soldiers. This report comes on Tuesday stating that they will defend themselves against the Ethiopian aggression.

Witnesses have reported seeing Ethiopian soldiers near the provincial capital of Baidoa.

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