Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Somalia's Islamists in full retreat

Sensing victory against its Somali Islamist foes, Ethiopia attacked retreating fighters from the air on Tuesday and threatened to seize their stronghold Mogadishu after a week of war in the Horn of Africa.

...The African Union (AU) backed Ethiopia's right to intervene in what analysts saw as a potentially significant endorsement that may embolden Addis Ababa further. Diplomats say Washington has also given Ethiopia its tacit support.

Ethiopia attacks retreating Somali Islamists (Reuters) Dec 26, 2006

Update: U.S. Signals Backing for Ethiopian Incursion Into Somalia (New York Times) December 27, 2006