Thursday, December 28, 2006
reireal in Somalia
By Mohamed Olad Hasson
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia government soldiers,
joined by troops fix)m neighborir^ Ethiopia, advanced toward
Somalia’s capital Tuesday as Islamic fighters dug in and
promised a “new phase” in tiie war - a chilling pronouncement
fiom a movement that has threatened suicide attacks.
Somalia called on the Coimdl of Islamic Courts militias,
bloodied by a week of artillery and mortar attacks, to surrender
and promised amnesty if they lay down their weapons, govern
ment spokesman Abdirahman Dinari said.
As many as 1,000 people may have been killed and 3,000
woimded in the fighting, many of them foreign radicals,
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said
Meles said about 3,000 to 4,000 Ethiopian forces, which
entered Somalia on Saturday may soon wrap up their offensive
against the Islamic militiaH that until recent days controlled
most of southern part of the coxmtry
“As soon as we have accomplished our mission - and about
half of our mission is done, and the rest shouldn’t take long -
well be out,” Meles told reporters in the Ethiopian capital,
The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting
Tuesday for a briefing on the clashes.
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