>Africa File: Ethiopian and Somali troops route Islamic Courts Union, US air strikes kill terrorists linked to 1998 embassy bombings

>“Post”-communist Somalia: The Wild West of the Horn of Africa. Sixteen years of anarchy and bloodshed. We have extensively documented the worldwide anti-Western Islamo-Marxist nexus at this blogsite. The alliance between the invading forces of neo-communist Ethiopia and the legal Somali government–which is also neo-communist–against the short-lived counter-government of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), therefore, suggests that the nexus is not always mutually conducive.

The dominant party in Ethiopia is the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, while the dominant party in Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government is the Somali Salvation Democratic Front, which ousted pro-Soviet communist dictator, self-styled “Comrade” Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. A mural of Barre’s defunct Somali Revolutionary Socialist Party is depicted here.

In addition to moral support from Al Qaeda, the ICU has received military hardware and logistical support from Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Hezbollah.

Since Mengistu Haile Mariam installed a communist dictatorship in Ethiopia in 1974, the Horn of Africa has experienced endless wars among feuding Marxist armies. On December 12, 2006 an Ethiopian court convicted Mengistu in absentia for his role in that country’s Red Terror in 1977 and 1978. Mengistu lives in exile in Zimbabwe, where a spokesman for communist dictator Robert Mugabe, William Nhara, recently declared: “As a comrade of our struggle, Comrade Mengistu and his government played a key and commendable role during our struggle for independence and no one can dispute that . . . Comrade Mengistu asked for asylum and he was granted that asylum. That position will not change.”

Extremists killed in U.S. airstrikes in Somalia
January 09, 2007
The Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Two U.S. airstrikes in Somalia killed large numbers of Islamic extremists, government officials and witnesses said Tuesday. The targets were suspects in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998.

The attacks, by an AC-130 gunship, came after the terror suspects were spotted hiding on a remote island on the southern tip of Somalia, close to the Kenyan border, Somali officials said. The island and a site 155 miles to the north were hit.

It was the first overt military action by the U.S. in Somalia since the 1990s and the legacy of a botched intervention — known as “Black Hawk Down” — that left 18 U.S. troops dead. The U.S. military said Tuesday it had sent an aircraft carrier to join three other U.S. warships conducting anti-terror operations off the Somali coast.

U.S. warships have been seeking to capture al-Qaida members thought to be fleeing Somalia after Ethiopia invaded Dec. 24 in support of the government and have begun flying intelligence-gathering missions over Somalia.

President Abdullahi Yusuf told journalists in the capital, Mogadishu, that the U.S. “has a right to bombard terrorist suspects who attacked its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.” Yusuf had entered the restive capital Monday for the first time since his election.

Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Aideed said the U.S. had “our full support for the attacks.”

But others in the capital said the attacks would only increase anti-American sentiment in the largely Muslim country.

“U.S. involvement in the fighting in our country is completely wrong,” said Sahro Ahmed, a 37-year-old mother of five.

Already, many people in predominantly Muslim Somalia had resented the presence of troops from neighboring Ethiopia, which has a large Christian population and has fought two brutal wars with Somalia, most recently in 1977.

Ethiopia forces had invaded Somalia to prevent an Islamic movement from ousting the weak, internationally recognized government from its lone stronghold in the west of the country. The U.S. and Ethiopia both accuse the Islamic group of harboring extremists, among them al-Qaida suspects.

One U.S. attack took place on Monday afternoon on Badmadow island. The area is known as Ras Kamboni and is suspected to be a terror training base. Ethiopian and Somali troops had, over the last days, cornered the main Islamic force in Ras Kamboni, with U.S. warships patrolling off shore and the Kenyan military guarding the border to watch for fleeing militants.

Witnesses said at least four civilians were killed in another attack 30 miles east of Afmadow, including a small boy. The claims could not be independently verified.

“My 4-year-old boy was killed in the strike,” Mohamed Mahmud Burale told the AP by telephone. “We also heard 14 massive explosions.”

The AC-130, a four-engine turboprop-driven aircraft, is armed with 40mm cannon that fire 120 rounds per minute and a 105mm cannon, normally a field artillery weapon. The plane’s latest version, the AC-130U, known as “Spooky,” also carries Gatling gun-type 20mm cannon. The gunships were designed primarily for battlefield use to place saturated fire on massed troops.

“We don’t know how many people were killed in the attack, but we understand there were a lot of casualties,” government spokesman Abdirahman Dinari said. “Most were Islamic fighters.”

U.S. officials said after the Sept. 11 attacks that extremists with ties to al-Qaida operated a training camp at Ras Kamboni and al-Qaida members are believed to have visited it. The alleged mastermind of the embassy bombings in East Africa, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, escaped to Ras Kamboni, according to testimony from one of the convicted bombers.

Mohammed is believed to be the leader of the al-Qaida East Africa cell.

Leaders of the Islamic movement have vowed from their hideouts to launch an Iraq-style guerrilla war in Somalia, and al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden’s deputy has called on militants to carry out suicide attacks on the Ethiopian troops.

Somalia has not had an effective central government since clan-based warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991 and then turned on each other, sinking the Horn of Africa nation of 7 million people into chaos.

3 responses to “>Africa File: Ethiopian and Somali troops route Islamic Courts Union, US air strikes kill terrorists linked to 1998 embassy bombings

  1. mah29001 January 9, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    >I think there is more to this about the Islamist radicals in Somalia. They are being funded by Iran which is a close client state of Russia and China.Even our deceptive ally-Ethiopia is still ruled by Marxist orientated types who are loyal to Fidel Castro. I have also heard reports of the United Nations hoping to intergrate the Islamist radicals into the Somalian government along with the old Communists within it.

  2. mah29001 January 9, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    >I should also mention that despite Ethiopian government charging the leadership of the Derg with war crimes and genocide, much of the old ideology of Marxism and Socialism is still routed in the Ethiopian government.If the Ethiopian government were truely anti-Communist, they would abandon supporting Socialism or leanings of Socialism as well.

  3. mah29001 January 10, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    >It seems like the pro-Soviet/Putin supporter Justin Raimondo has given full support for the Islamist radicals that are being supplied by America’s enemies in Somalia:http://www.antiwar.com/justin?articleid=10299

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