Mon, Nov 06, 2006 - Page 6 News List

Somali Islamists claim first blood in jihad

AFP , MOGADISHU

"The anti-Ethiopia forces currently amassed in Somalia ... coordinated by the Eritrean government and the radical groups in Mogadishu, have neither a religious agenda nor any significant vision other than using the so-called Union of Islamic Courts as a cover for their destructive machinations," the Ethiopian foreign ministry said.

Eritrea, which hotly rejects allegations it has sent some 2,000 soldiers to Somalia in support of the Islamists, immediately denounced the accusation. They said it was a US-Ethiopian plan to invade Somalia, in a misguided effort to pursue the "war on terror."

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