Somalia’s new ruling jihadists have declared an inner spiritual struggle against Ethiopia. “Somali Islamists declare “jihad” on Ethiopia,” from Reuters, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
MOGADISHU – Somalia’s powerful Islamists today declared holy war against Horn of Africa rival Ethiopia, which they accused of invading Somalia to help the government briefly seize a town controlled by pro-Islamist fighters.
Both sides confirmed the takeover of Buur Hakaba, the first military counter-strike by President Abdullahi Yusuf’s interim government since the Islamists took Mogadishu in June and went on to seize much of Somalia’s south.
“Starting from today, we have declared jihad against Ethiopia,” Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed told a news conference, while wearing combat fatigues and clutching an AK-47 assault rifle.
Ahmed, usually viewed as a more moderate voice among the Islamists, appeared angry as he addressed reporters.
What? A jihadist angry? And a moderate, yet! It’s unheard of!
“Heavily armed Ethiopian troops have invaded Somalia. They have captured Buur Hakaba. History shows that Somalis always win when they are attacked from outside,” he said.
The Islamists and residents of Buur Hakaba, seen as a potential flashpoint because it had put the Islamists within 30km of the interim government’s base in Baidoa, said Ethiopian troops accompanied government fighters who took over the town early today.
A government militia commander in Buur Hakaba denied that, and Addis Ababa has consistently said it has not sent any soldiers except for military advisers.