According to reports Islamic Court has used some unnecessary aggressive words against Ethiopia (the third-most populous nation in Africa and the second-oldest official Christian nation in the world).
Islamists have declared this war due to feeling that Ethophian troops intervened to support the interim government against them. Inturn Islamic leaders vowed to make a stand against Ethiopia, which has one of the largest armies in Africa, or to begin an Iraq-style guerrilla war.
It is stated that around 3,000 Islamic troops are armed and equipped with over 60 ‘technicals’ (pickups mounted with heavy weapons) and so many artillery launchers and anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets. Kenyan and Ethiopian forces will be protecting their borders to prevent the three alleged terror suspects (Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan and Abu Taha al-Sudani) of a bombing which killed more than 250 people from escaping.
Reports state that Somalia’s interim government and its Ethiopian allies have long accused Islamic militias of harboring al-Qaida whereas the U.S. government has said the 1998 bombers have become leaders in the Islamic movement in Africa. However, the Islamic group denies having links to al-Qaida.
Since December 31, Sunday, Somali troops supported by Ethiopian tanks and MiG fighter jets have attacked front-line forces of the Islamic group in southern Somalia. Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi said they would “capture or kill” the terror suspects.
“Even if we are defeated we will start an insurgency,” said Sheik Ahmed Mohamed Islan, the head of the Islamic movement in the Kismayo region. “We will kill every Somali that supports the government and Ethiopians.”
“If Ethiopian forces pull out tomorrow, (the Islamists) will come back the following day. I guarantee you,” said Mohamed Qanyare Afrah, who said he had 1,500 militiamen under his control.