Ethiopia to join fight against militants

2011-11-25 22:21

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia says it will contribute troops to the African Union force in Somalia fighting al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgents.

East African leaders meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Friday requested that Ethiopia send troops. The heads of state at the meeting also asked Kenya to consider integrating their forces to the AU force.

Kenyan troops crossed the border into Somalia last month to fight al-Shabaab in southern Somalia following a string of attacks on Kenyan soil.

They are not yet under the AU mandate. Burundian and Ugandan troops currently make up the bulk of the AU's 9 100-strong force.

Some observers say Ethiopia's involvement in Somalia could be a propaganda coup for al-Shabaab. Ethiopia's last incursion into Somalia ended in 2009 and was deeply unpopular.

  • Sikanyiso - 2012-01-18 10:41

    The only obstacle that could deter the inception of a united African state is this prevailing religious intolerance that is riddling the half of our mother land(Africa). It is easy to tackle ethnic conflicts, but with religious clashes it is an uphill issue. This demon needs sober minds to tackle it with caution and throw it into bottless pit. Those people who are pursuing endless battles in Somalia are motivated by religion and they commit those calous activities in the name of God. The same incident is happening in Nigeria, but surprises is that in Christian dominated countries such evil is rare. It is quite imperate for people to stop imposing any form of religion by force, they should learn to live side by side as brothers and sisters in the world that God had prepared for all of us. We need a new united Africa where poverty and destitute will be the issues of the past. If we can't contain these unneccessary problems within our own countries we are still far to reach that goal which was initiated by past heroes like Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Practrice Lumumba, Julias Nyerere and others.

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