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Last Updated Sat, Dec, 30 2006,08:30 am--Mogadishu Somalia
Islamists vow a rebellious war as Ethiopian troops head to Kismayu

Aweys Osman Yusuf
Mogadishu 30, Dec.06 ( Sh.M.Network)
-The chairman of the Union of Islamic Courts, who along with other senior officials in the port city of Kismayu about 500 km (310 miles) south of Mogadishu, has urged Islamist supporters in Mogadishu and else where in the country to initiate an insurgency and a guerrilla war against the Ethiopian troops backing the Somali transitional government in the country.

Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed has issued the statement during a speech he was delivering to residents in Kismayu after the Muslim Eid prayers on Saturday. “I call on the Islamic Courts fighters, supporters and every true Muslim to start an insurgency against the Ethiopian troops in Somalia. We are telling the Ethiopians in Somalia that they will never succeed in their mission. By Allah, they will fail”, he said.


He said, “We will not allow the Ethiopian troops to stay peacefully in Somalia”.

The Islamic Courts officials are now based in the port city of Kismayu after they were defeated by the Ethiopian troops backing the interim government forces that are in control of most Somalia’s central and southern provinces, including the capital.

The remarks of the ICU chairman came as the US government was urging the transitional government to be engaged in dialog with the Islamic Courts.

Hundreds of Ethiopian troops along with the government forces have gone to Lower Shabelle provinces previously administered by the Islamic Courts. “Ethiopian and government forces have come to Bulo Marer and they headed to Baravo, (100 km south of the capital Mogadishu)”, Shabelle reporter Hussein Nor Gesey said.

Gesey said the heavily armed Ethiopian troops, along with the government forces were going to Kismayu in Lower Jubba province, southern Somalia.

The government says it wants to be in firm grip of all Somalia, stating it forgave those who supported and fought for Islamists. The Somali people, who have been without central government for sixteen years now ask themselves if the government that is dependent on Ethiopia militarily will be able to govern Somalia.

President Abdulahi Yusuf said on Friday that the government will impose a state of emergency on the country for three months so the government will be able to confiscate all arms that are in the hands of civilians, tribal militias and business firms.

Somalia has been without an affective central authority for the past sixteen years after warlords toppled former president Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.













 










 






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