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.
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, “We will not allow the Ethiopian troops to stay peacefully
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.
remarks of the ICU chairman came as the US government was urging
the transitional government to be engaged in dialog with the Islamic
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.
said the heavily armed Ethiopian troops, along with the government
forces were going to Kismayu in Lower Jubba province, southern Somalia.
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.
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.
has been without an affective central authority for the past sixteen
years after warlords toppled former president Mohamed Siad Barre
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