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US navy patrols Somalia's coast (Revolutionary War deja vu?).
BBC ^ | January 4, 2007

Posted on 01/04/2007 4:04:19 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu

US navy patrols Somalia's coast

Somali government soldier in Mogadishu
Somali soldiers may struggle to maintain order in Mogadishu

US naval forces have deployed off the Somali coast to prevent leaders of defeated Islamist militias escaping.

Kenya has also significantly tightened border security to stop an influx of fleeing fighters, as aid agencies called for help for genuine refugees.

Uganda's president is travelling to Ethiopia to discuss forming an African force to stabilise the country.

A two-week advance by Ethiopian troops swept the Islamist militias from areas they had controlled for six months.

The militias - known as the Union of Islamic Courts - had brought a degree of stability to large areas of the formerly lawless country.

There has to be a withdrawal of the Ethiopian forces


Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt


But Ethiopia accuses them of al-Qaeda links, and sent heavily-armed troops into Somalia to back up forces loyal to the weak transitional government.

Islamists say their retreat from the troops is tactical and have threatened to launch an insurgency.

'Security vetting'

US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack confirmed the deployment of navy ships.

"We would be concerned that no leaders who were members of the Islamic Courts which have ties to terrorist organisations including al-Qaeda are allowed to flee and leave Somalia," he said.

Kenya has deployed tanks and helicopters on its border, as militias fleeing south clashed near the border with Somali and Ethiopian troops.

Foreign Minister Raphael Tuju told a news conference that the border was closed, but government spokesman Alfred Mutua later told the BBC that legitimate refugees were being allowed entry.

"We are conducting very thorough and rigorous security vetting to ensure that we don't get people coming in carrying weapons, people coming in who are Islamists," he said.

"And so that is causing delays, but we are making sure that everyone who comes in as a refugee... we are driving them to a camp within Kenya which is run by the United Nations."

Mr Mutua denied reports that 600 Somali refugees, mainly women and children, had been deported from the border transit camp at Liboi.

A spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency UNHCR said they had been denied access to the camp by Kenyan authorities, but witnesses had reported Somalis being deported in government trucks.

UNHCR head Antonio Guterres said in a statement that deserving Somali civilians should be entitled to seek asylum in Kenya.

'Inclusive political process'

On Wednesday, Ethiopian and Somali government forces captured the border town of Doble, one of the final places held by the Islamist militias. Four thousands refugees were reported to be stranded in the area.

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Between 600 and 700 militia fighters fled the town on Tuesday night, a BBC correspondent said.

Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi has said that he believes the bulk of the fighting is over.

Attention is now focusing on how to stabilise the country.

After European members of the Somali Contact group met in Brussels, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt called for peace talks.

"There has to be a withdrawal of the Ethiopian forces. There has to be a political process, an inclusive political process in Somalia."

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is due in Ethiopia on Thursday for talks on a possible African peacekeeping force for Somalia. He has already offered to commit 1,000 troops.

The African Union commissioner for peace and security said he hoped African countries would contribute to a peacekeeping force.

¿I still hope that key AU members will be glad to associate their name and the name of their country in what I believe is the most important peace undertaking in the recent history of Africa,¿ Said Djinnit told the BBC's Network Africa programme.

Thursday is also the deadline for Somalis in the capital to hand in their weapons, but slow progress has been made so far.

Somalia - militias and US Navy




TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; alqaeda; eastafrica; ethiopia; europe; islam; islamofascism; kenya; mogadishu; muslim; muslims; navy; somalia; uic; un
Sort of similar to the French navy in the Revolutionary War blockading the British.
1 posted on 01/04/2007 4:04:22 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

NO BLACKHAWKS FILLED WITH AMERICAN RANGERS THIS TIME, OK???


2 posted on 01/04/2007 4:05:57 AM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Seems as though the Europeans are trying to sabotage this, too. Ethiopia should stay as long as it takes for Somalia to stabilize. The United States should stay in Iraq and Afghanistan as long as it takes for them to stabilize. Israel should have stayed in Lebanon as long as it would have taken to stabilize.


3 posted on 01/04/2007 4:10:20 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, and Townhall.com are not valid news sources.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
The upside down question marks are in the actual article. You can look at the link.
4 posted on 01/04/2007 4:12:09 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, and Townhall.com are not valid news sources.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
After European members of the Somali Contact group met in Brussels, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt called for peace talks.

That man is a complete loon. Those who don't believe me check his home page (http://bildt.blogspot.com). Uneducated or rather half-educated, a former Atlanticist that now wants to be high up in some transnational organization (tranzi). His (surprise) position as Swedish FM is just a step on the road.

5 posted on 01/04/2007 4:20:29 AM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

I'd be looking for "swim call" in the POD.


6 posted on 01/04/2007 4:21:01 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
"There has to be a withdrawal of the Ethiopian forces. There has to be a political process, an inclusive political process in Somalia." -- Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt

Screw you, Carl. The next time the Swedes roust a bunch of Islamists from a country, they can do whatever they like with the place. Until then, sit down and shut up.

This is the fight for the future of East Africa. If the Islamists can be put in their place, it will save this region a lot of suffering. The Kenyans still remember the US Embassy Bombing, even if we don't. The Islamists have worn out their welcome in this part of the World.

7 posted on 01/04/2007 4:21:17 AM PST by bondjamesbond (Many Americans are invested in a US failure in Iraq, and will work diligently to bring it about.)
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To: bondjamesbond; ScaniaBoy
In comment5, Scaniaboy suggests that that is not the view of all, or even most, Swedes.
8 posted on 01/04/2007 4:31:50 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, and Townhall.com are not valid news sources.)
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To: bondjamesbond
Too right.

Maybe they can talk to Billyboy the former 'Mr. No-Pants' President. Bet he has a handy dandy plan.
9 posted on 01/04/2007 4:34:12 AM PST by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: bondjamesbond
Too right.

Maybe they can talk to Billyboy the former 'Mr. No-Pants' President. Bet he has a handy dandy plan.
10 posted on 01/04/2007 4:34:13 AM PST by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
After European members of the Somali Contact group met in Brussels, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt called for peace talks.

What happened to the Somali Study Group (SSG) with Neville Baker and Lee Chamberlain? Sheesh! Method of Appeasement (MOA) BUMP!

11 posted on 01/04/2007 5:08:09 AM PST by PGalt
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