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Ethiopia Reenters Somali Fray

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By William Tucker
The Kenyan Daily Nation is reporting that Ethiopian troops have twice crossed into Somalia along with Somali troops that are loyal to the TFG in Mogadishu. The details of these incursions are limited, but do show that the Ethiopian government is concerned about the al-Shabaab offensive against AMISOM and the TFG. Combat in Mogadishu has moved closer to the presidential palace which was recently struck by al-Shabaab mortars killing four Ugandan soldiers. For its part, Uganda is requesting US assistance and funding to move an addition 10,000 Ugandan troops to Somalia. We may not have a clear picture of the situation on the ground in Mogadishu, but the concern expressed by the Ethiopian and Ugandan governments show that the situation is growing steadily worse.

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