Ethiopia may join Somalia conflict

Somalia's Islamist Fighters
Somalia's Islamist Fighters

By KATHARINE HOURELD, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — East African officials are considering having Ethiopian troops join the war in Somalia to create a third front against al-Qaida linked insurgents, officials said Friday, as around 400 Kenyan soldiers moved to the border to push toward a key Somali town.

International interest in famine-hit, war-ravaged Somalia is at the highest it has been for a generation, since U.S. troops arrived in 1992 to help safeguard humanitarian shipments following the collapse of the Somali government. U.S. involvement, and that of a subsequent U.N. mission, ended in 1994 after Somali fighters shot down two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters, killing 18 American servicemen.

Now there’s another build up of international forces, and another famine. But it’s not clear that those intervening in the war have a plan to effectively govern any territory they take. Many analysts say the insurgency only flourishes because of corruption and abuses by the government.

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