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Islamists Are Run Out of Mogadishu Without So Much as a Shot

The Islamic movement in Somalia is collapsing:

Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian forces rolled into Mogadishu without firing a shot Thursday, a striking gain in its bid to recapture the country from an Islamic movement that had once seemed nearly invincible.


Hours earlier, the Islamic militants fled Mogadishu, pledging to make a last stand in southern Somalia.

"We are in Mogadishu," Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi said after flying from the government's temporary base in western Somalia and meeting with local clan leaders to discuss the handover of the city. "We are coordinating our forces to take control of Mogadishu."

The Islamic movement took control of Mogadishu six months ago and then advanced across most of southern Somalia, often without fighting. Ethiopian troops then went on the attack in support of the U.N.-backed government last week in attempt to push the Islamists out of power.

This is very good news for the global war on terror. But the Islamists aren't going down without a fight. Bill Roggio reports that the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) is organizing an insurgency to strike back:

The Islamic Courts are signaling they will conduct an insurgency. The call for its fighters to blend into the population with their AK-47s is one sign. ICU leaders are giving all of the indications an insurgency is in the works. "Our snakes of defense were let loose, now they are ready to bite the enemy everywhere in Somalia," said Sheik Mohamoud Ibrahim Suley. "We will fight Ethiopia for a very long time, and we expect the war to reach everywhere," according to an ICU statement. Even the resignation of the ICU leaders in Mogadishu indicated the ICU still wants to enforce sharia and calls for its fighters to "secure the stability and get ready in the police stations and other security stations."

The ICU is going to employ the same tactics that are being used in Iraq, including sneaking its own forces into the new TFG government in an effort to sabotage it.


Comments (11)

Waiting for the reprehensib... (Below threshold)

Waiting for the reprehensible commenter known as "Muslim Unity" to accuse Ethiopia of "human rights" violations against the jihadi death cult thugs in

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The Islamic Courts are s... (Below threshold)
Jo:

The Islamic Courts are signaling they will conduct an insurgency. The call for its fighters to blend into the population with their AK-47s is one sign.

I hope the Islamists keep their AK-47s; Ethopia has already said anyone armed that is not in uniform will be considered a terrorist and shot on sight.

"The ICU is going to emp... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"The ICU is going to employ the same tactics that are being used in Iraq, including sneaking its own forces into the new TFG government in an effort to sabotage it. "

My God, it's a quagmire. I heard they torched a hundred mosques and burned 6 hundred civilians alive. The AP has the 'full' story.

Where's our Lefty trolls to condemn the Ethiopian Imperial war?

How many must die before the anti-U.S.-war-effort commenters start making snide comments of condemnation? How long, Lord, how long?

Les:Watch it, or y... (Below threshold)

Les:

Watch it, or you'll be personally attacked and called a fat slob typing away in your father's basement...and then you'll get the typical Chicken-hawk meme thrown at you for good measure.

Unlike the U.S. in Iraq, th... (Below threshold)
John S:

Unlike the U.S. in Iraq, the Ethiopian Army has a tool against terrorist that we can't use -- mass graves.

I wonder if the Islamists a... (Below threshold)
thecomputerguy:

I wonder if the Islamists aren't stretched thin by their involvement in Iraq that they can't properly supply fighters for Somalia.

I wonder how the Ethiopians... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

I wonder how the Ethiopians can be so successful when they are woefully underequipped when compared to the U.S. military.

After all, each U.S. soldiers is supplied with a photographer and a lawyer to record every little mistake and second guess every split-second, life-and-death decision.

Where's the worldwide anti-Ethipian rallies with fawning news coverage? Where's Mother Cindy Sheehan Abdul?

They shot the retreating Islamist convoy as they fled in terror from Mogadishu? War crimes!!
Where's Wizbang's usual Im-critical-of-everything-the-U.S.-does-while-Bush-is-Prez Lefty trolls and why aren't they speaking out against the Ethiopian invaders?

The ridiculous rules of eng... (Below threshold)
Proud Kaffir:

The ridiculous rules of engagement in Iraq that allow terrorists to take shelter among civilians free of consequences, ironically put in effect to protect said civilains, has resulted in the massacres of thousands upon thousands of civlians by the jihadists. The Ethiopian/ Somali Alliance won't be handcuffed by the same ROE.

You have to weed out the jihadists and do so aggresively, as has been demonstrated again and again by regimes that understand the jihadists best (Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria).

Of course, since Ethiopia is neither the US nor Israel, they can fight without the constant liberal worldwide whine- almost always invented on flimsy or fabricated evidence- of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They can actually fight to win.

Typical muslim soldier...tu... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Typical muslim soldier...turn tail and run. Must've learned that tactic from the french.

What the heck? Still... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

What the heck? Still none of the usual trolls speaking out against the Ethiopian occupation?

I guess if it's not the Republicans doing it they just don't care about 'illegal wars'.

Les, you hit the nail right... (Below threshold)

Les, you hit the nail right on the head. Somali and Ethiopian troops just managed to do what American troops should have been ALLOWED to do from the beginning. A more poorly equipped army just accomplished more in one engagement than the whole of the American forces and their allies have been ALLOWED to accomplish from the start of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. With that in mind the only other option is that the trolls have discovered that the only way to accomplish the goals we set out to meet is to actually fight the war. Something tells me that the later is not the reason nothing has been said as of yet.




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