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Somalia faces 'all-out war' as neighbours intervene

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  • Zafar Khan
    Somalia faces all-out war as neighbours intervene Chris Tomlinson in Nairobi Saturday October 28, 2006 The Guardian
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      Somalia faces 'all-out war' as neighbours intervene
      Chris Tomlinson in Nairobi
      Saturday October 28, 2006
      The Guardian

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1933788,00.html

      An "all-out war" between Somalia's government and
      Islamists who control much of the country is brewing
      due to the presence of thousands of foreign troops,
      according to the UN.

      A confidential report obtained by the Associated Press
      cites diplomatic sources and says that Ethiopia,
      Uganda and Yemen are supporting the government, while
      Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Gulf states are
      supporting the Islamic movement. The report was
      written to help top UN officials work out how to
      provide aid to the impoverished country, without an
      effective central government since 1991.

      In order for us to do this, a clear policy of
      engagement with the [Islamic movement] must be put in
      place," it said. "The fact is that there is new found
      stability in [the historic capital] Mogadishu,
      extending to areas they have begun to control, which
      has not been seen for many years." One problem is that
      the movement's leader, Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, is on
      a list of people with ties to terrorism, and UN policy
      severely restricts its contact with him.
      The report estimates that 6,000-8,000 Ethiopians and
      2,000 fully equipped Eritrean troops are inside
      Somalia supporting the government and the movement
      respectively.

      Government forces, supported by Ethiopians, are
      digging trenches near Baidoa, the only town the
      UN-backed government controls. The movement has forces
      at a strategic town between Baidoa and Mogadishu, 150
      miles to the southeast.
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