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Ethiopia-Somalia forces seize control of southern Buale city
Fri. December 29, 2006 08:48 am.


Mohamed Abdi Farah

(SomaliNet) The Ethiopian backed interim government forces have taken fully control of Buale city, the provincial capital of middle Juba region in southern Somalia facing no resistance as the Islamic fighters moved towards the southern port city of Kismayo.

Witnesses said they have seen the Ethiopian forces along with government troops led by the defense minister, Bare Aden Shire (Hirale) entering the city this morning without a fight.

The allied forces are now heading to Kismayo city, the last main Islamic Courts Union stronghold and it is feared that fighting might erupt in the city if the Islamists do not withdraw from there.

The Islamic Courts Union is now fading out after eight months of Islamic rule in southern and central Somalia.

Meanwhile, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, the leader of the defeated ICU vowed that his fighters will continue fighting against Ethiopian forces in Somalia.

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