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Ethopians About To Take Control Of Mogadishu

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Things are looking promising, however this is a cautionary tale for the Ethopian forces. More after the story…

From NY Times:

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 27 � The Islamist forces who have controlled much of Somalia in recent months suddenly vanished from the streets of the capital, Mogadishu, residents said Wednesday night, just as thousands of rival troops massed 15 miles away.

In the past few days, Ethiopian-backed forces, with tacit approval from the United States, have unleashed tanks, helicopter gunships and jet fighters on the Islamists, decimating their military and paving the way for the internationally recognized transitional government of Somalia to assert control. […]

Fortified checkpoints across the city � in front of the radio station, at the airport, at the main roads leading into Mogadishu and outside police stations � were abruptly abandoned Wednesday night, residents said.

Many of the teenage troops who made up the backbone of the Islamist army had blended back into the civilian population, walking around without guns or their trademark green skullcaps.

My one tip for Ethopia…don’t stop. Keep pounding night after night and week after week. These guys go into hiding and come back when you least expect it. Don’t let them lull you into false confidence. That’s what happened to us in Iraq, and you can see how that’s turning out.

  • http://www.iconicmidwest.blogspot.com Iconic Midwesterner

    At least the Ethiopians are taking the time to cultivate power structures (i.e. clans) WITHIN Somalia to actively ally with. We ignored the sheiks and clan leaders because they weren’t “democratic” enough. Our motto should have been, “Just Win Baby.”

    Good luck to the Ethiopians.

  • http://midtopia.blogspot.com/ Sean Aqui

    I just hope they’re able to establish firm control over most of the country, even if fighting continues in the hinterlands for a while. The last thing the Somalis need is another decade of clan-based anarchic warfare.

  • http://www.iconicmidwest.blogspot.com Iconic Midwesterner

    Hopefully the government backed forces will ignore the UN requests to end the fighting. Can anyone make sense of the UN? Here they back the creation of the government in Somalia, but they don’t back the right of that government to defend itself?

  • http://www.reconstitution.us/seren/ ascap_scab

    *My one tip for Ethopia…don’t stop. Keep pounding night after night and week after week. These guys go into hiding and come back when you least expect it. Don’t let them lull you into false confidence. That’s what happened to us in Iraq, and you can see how that’s turning out.*

    Right, because as we have learned from so many wars, freedom can only be attained with the business end of a gun!!

  • http://warning1938alert.ytmnd.com Jimmy the Dhimmi

    Right, because as we have learned from so many wars, freedom can only be attained with the business end of a gun!!
    I sense you’re sarcasm, but think about what you are saying. Do you prefer slavery for blacks in the 20th century, or that the civil war was faught 150 years ago. Is it ideal for all of europe to be controlled today by the Nazis, ethnically cleansed of Jews and such, or that WWII was faught?

    If good chooses not to fight evil, then evil is guaranteed to win. Your forefathers who died for this country understood that, but apparently you don’t, or perhaps you don’t care, or perhaps you are sympathethic to the Confederates and Nazis and terrorists. Which is it scab?

  • Confused

    ascap_scab and Jimmy,

    Doesn’t all depend on who is on the other end of the business end of the gun? You both have a good point. Think it through and argue the pros and cons of intervening in another country’s conflicts; when has it been beneficial to our country’s interest, and when it has not.