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Somalis vow holy war on Ethiopia
Somalia's Islamists have accused Ethiopian troops of attacking a town and have vowed a "holy war" in revenge.
The town of Bur Haqaba lies on the road from the government base in Baidoa to the Islamist-held capital, Mogadishu.
Islamic leader Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, wearing combat fatigues and holding an AK47 assault rifle, speaks during a news conference, Monday, Oct. 9, 2006 in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
(AP Photo//Mohamed Sheikh Nor)
Ethiopia denies that its troops have crossed the border but does support the government against the Islamists.
An Islamist leader, wearing fatigues and holding an AK-47, said a "jihad" had been declared on Ethiopia, raising fears of a regional conflict.
"Heavily armed Ethiopian troops have invaded Somalia," said Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, seen as a moderate within the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC).
"They have captured Bur Haqaba. History shows that Somalis always win when they are attacked from outside."
Residents of the town, 60km from Baidoa on the main road to Mogadishu, say government fighters backed up by Ethiopians, took the town, before the Islamists recaptured it several hours later.
No fighting has been reported in either takeover - each side withdrew in the face of the other's advance.
The government has not yet commented on the claims.
Earlier, the BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan in Baidoa saw a convoy of Ethiopian army trucks pass through, with about 200 troops.
Government forces may also be preparing a second front.
Our reporter says troops loyal to the ousted leader of Kismayo, Defence Minister Barre Hiraale are preparing to try and retake the city, which the UIC seized last month.
The UIC control most of southern Somalia, except for a small areas around Baidoa.
Ethiopia, the US and the Somali government all accuse the UIC of having links to al-Qaeda - which it strongly denies.
The UIC controls most of southern Somalia - over the weekend, they set up a new administration in the port city of Kismayo, which they seized last month.
Somalia has not had a functioning national government since 1991.
Well Melese, if you want to improve your legacy, all you have to do is get rid of these terrorist from the horn of Africa. There is no way Ethiopia, East African Super Power, should allow bin hiding to set up tent there. Once these thugs are taken care of, you can turn your face to Eritrea and get us back our port Asseb. You need to take care of Sudan too to free people of Darfur. Like I said before, then you can rerun the election and see if Ethiopians will forgive you. If not, you can at least sleep well in North Korea.
meles if you want us to give you credit despite our hate .you can reverse people’s perspective by showing our super power for the sake of ethiopian security .eliminate those devil from east africa coz you have to get rid of from the root before it grow and give to entrance for shabia and olf(god foresaken animals)so dont even hestate for a second to take action.dont even forget egypt and libiya behind them.so diaspora stop bulshiting and try to save our country by being unity coz this time we have no choice this the priority let us leave our hate if we dont cooperate this time the outcome will be worse.
i am not eprdf but at this time you have to give for the major problem instede of domestic.coz once shabia controll ethiopia .he will divide it three time. .olf/ogaden/….then start looting our resource.just imagine how its gonna be hell.and then no more ethiopia .keep it in your mind.god bless ethiopia.
Viva Pm Melese!
God bless Ethiopia!
we see the woyone govenment and their pupet govenment are commiting them selfs suicide.
and greating more terrorists and suicide bombers in the horn of africa.
after the invation of this christain country as some people call it, it will alloww all jihaadist around the world to refuge there in somalia and ethiopia and they will intorduse us a new tactigs of terrorifing methods
the somalian people reall they dont want war againest thier nighbours but if they are commited they will do and the GOD said
(YOU ARE COMMITEDA WAR THAT YOU DONT WISH BUT IT MAY BE SOME THING YOU DISLIKE GOOD FOR YOU ).
my be this war will be the finnish piont of the woyane and baidoa war lords.
we will not reserender to the invaders and we will defeat them humalited and we will not allow thier people sleep in peace while our people sufering
and ethiopia will be the USSR when they defeated economically militrly it will be colapse becouse ethiopias inside problem is much more than the its outside broblem
God is great
What is wrong with you? What kind of legacy are expecting from the child killer and looter racist TEGRE regime. don’t be misled by these TPLF rodent.the EPRDF cowerds are the main terrorists to ethiopia not the confused rag-head somalians
HELL to baby killer agazi terroist
Whatever the Somalis do within the confines of their borders is their business.You adgis hate meles but you still want him to show “your superpower".
Look the insanity of the Agazis and their butcher master Melese. Mark my words, the Somalis will destroy the Tigrean occupying force in a matter of hours. It is not liek killing unarmed Oromo and Amhara women and school children. Check the names and the list of the slaughetered mrtyrs by the so called inquiry commission. The so called inquiry commission is carefully selected for their loyalties to the Agazis and TPLF. I am surprised that I could not find the name of five of my freinds and relatives who got killed in Debera-Markos and Dangella. The number of women and childern killed by the Tigrean militia , the Agazis, in Gojjam alone is 500. The inquiry commission does not cover Wallo at all. The commission collected information from hospitals in Bahr-Dar alone.
Please, our Somali brothers deliver us from the devouring jaws of the Tigrean Agazi death Squad.
No body beat ethiopia, If it wasn’t
about the barbarian TEGRE morans we ethiopians could unite within split moment to smack your taliban (KIT)
remember our F-5 elite pilots who danced over MOGADISU skies @ previous wars are still alive and
Please stop crying. You better go to Mekele sooner than later. Your Agazis death squad on whom yiou pride have killed countless defensless childern and women. The Somalis are our true brothers.
We’re paying too much attention to these bunch of nothing Islamists!
This moron can’t even hold an AK 47 properly let alone declare war on Ethiopia.
I heard the quran has it that Jihad shouldnt be declared on Ethiopia. Is it a fiction or the Somalis need someone to interpret it for them? Honestly, the word Jihad has no meaning any longer or it didnt have any the first place. If you claim it did have, well it was for a political end and i must admit that the Somalis are exercising their share. It is a valuable free card you can draw whenever you want a blind support given the majority of the population is muslim. This warlords are muslims only when they need public support to win their political game and wild animals once their control power, they torture, murder, and drive the whole nation to madness.
Woyanes, either you do this asap or get the fack out of that dusty land.
I want a soldier to whip this idiot fuattoti guy as well.
meles never listen any of us here he is looking for the development of ethiopia,if those terrorist are disterbing us to grow meles will stop them,like he did with eritrea.meles is a leader ethiopia never seen after minilik
Things must be going really slow at the ICU. This is the third such proclamation. Is this going to be part of the daily ritual at the ICU now?
Some thing like:
Wake up early in the morning.
Wash face and hands thoroughly.
Go to mosque and pray.
Declare a jihad war on Ethiopia.
i have a question, can anybody tell me why we fight in somalia ? isn’t somalia a soverign country that needs support not from us but from other westerns because we ourselves need help and shouldn’t we respect somalia as agood nieghbuors as we need respect from all our nieghbours sudan,kenya,djibuti and erirea ?
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