[Marxism] Threats of new imperialist war
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Fri Dec 22 11:11:40 MST 2006
The Independent, December 22, 2006
Somali Islamists say they are 'at war' with Ethiopia
By Steve Bloomfield, Africa Correspondent
Published: 22 December 2006
Somalia is "at war" with its neighbour, Ethiopia, according to the leader
of Somalia's Union of Islamic Courts (UIC). As heavy fighting between
Ethiopian-backed Somali troops and the UIC continued for a third day,
efforts by European diplomats to broker a last-minute peace deal appeared
to have failed. There are now growing fears the rising conflict could soon
spread throughout the Horn of Africa.
Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, leader of the UIC, which controls the capital,
Mogadishu, as well as most of southern and central Somalia, urged all
Somalis to fight alongside his troops "against Ethiopia". Military experts
believe at least 8,000 Ethiopian troops are in Somalia supporting the weak
interim government based in Baidoa, some 130 miles west of Mogadishu.
Ethiopia claims to have sent just a few hundred "military trainers" into
Senior American officials based in the region say they have told Ethiopia
to "stay out" of Somalia but analysts and European diplomats believe the US
has given Ethiopia tacit approval for its invasion.
Blair backs no-fly zone over Darfur
By Guy Dinmore in Washington
Published: December 12 2006 22:09 | Last updated: December 13 2006 01:34
Tony Blair has backed imposing a no-fly zone over Sudan's Darfur region,
calling for "tougher action" if the government in Khartoum does not halt
violence there and allow in a UN-led peacekeeping force.
The Bush administration is also working on other military options should
the crisis continue to deteriorate, including air strikes and a naval
blockade, US officials said.
Mr Blair declared his support for a no-fly zone for the first time during
his visit last week to Washington. He told President George W.Bush that
they had to deal with Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, in the next
two to three months.
"If rapid progress is not made, we will need to consider alternative
approaches, with international partners," Mr Blair warned on returning to
Planning has moved ahead, according to one official, who added: "The
Americans mean business."
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