Since the bloody confrontations at the end of March, a large part of the Hawiye community wants Ethiopian troops to leave Mogadishu.
Beyond an active core of Somalian insurgents, a large proportion of the Hawiye community now wants to see the back of the Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu. These insurgents are former partisans of the Islamic Court Union (ICU) whose leaders have returned to Mogadishu and are mainly of the Hawiye/Habr Gedir sub-clan Ayr ethnic group. This anti-Ethiopian feeling is so widespread that it has pushed the Deputy Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Hussein Mohamed Farah Aydeed (Hawiye/Habr Gedir/Saad) in his turn to call for the departure of the Ethiopian troops during his recent visit to Asmara in Eritrea.
The actions of the radical Islamic armies against the Ethiopian soldiers in Mogadishu at the end of March benefited from the support of Somalian former officers, like General Mohamed Nur Galal (Hawiye/Habr Gedir/Ayr) trained at the military academy in the former Soviet Union. But these insurgents have also obtained political support from some Hawiye/Abgal (although the Abgal mainly support the TFG) like Abdi Iman Omar (sub-clan Harti) who is the brother of the Imam Mohamud Imam Omar. They are also supported by Abdullahi Sheikh Hasan Ali a politician of the Wa’buudan sub-clan and Maalin Hashi Mohamed Farah, who had been a member of the former Islamist Shura.