Ethopians About To Take Control Of Mogadishu

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Things are looking promising, however this is a cautionary tale for the Ethopian forces. More after the story…

From NY Times:

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 27 � The Islamist forces who have controlled much of Somalia in recent months suddenly vanished from the streets of the capital, Mogadishu, residents said Wednesday night, just as thousands of rival troops massed 15 miles away.

In the past few days, Ethiopian-backed forces, with tacit approval from the United States, have unleashed tanks, helicopter gunships and jet fighters on the Islamists, decimating their military and paving the way for the internationally recognized transitional government of Somalia to assert control. […]

Fortified checkpoints across the city � in front of the radio station, at the airport, at the main roads leading into Mogadishu and outside police stations � were abruptly abandoned Wednesday night, residents said.

Many of the teenage troops who made up the backbone of the Islamist army had blended back into the civilian population, walking around without guns or their trademark green skullcaps.

My one tip for Ethopia…don’t stop. Keep pounding night after night and week after week. These guys go into hiding and come back when you least expect it. Don’t let them lull you into false confidence. That’s what happened to us in Iraq, and you can see how that’s turning out.