Ethiopian troops move into Somalia: TFG Officials

KISMAYO, Somalia (Keydmedia) - Scores of Ethiopian troops in convoys of armored vehicles, crossed illegally into the border town of Luuq in South-western Somalia to boost up the military operations against Al-Qaeda-aligned insurgents of Al shabab, Keydmedia reports.
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Military commanders of Somali government in Gedo region, confirmed to Keydmedia Somali service the arrival of the troops and said the forces will help TFG soldiers in fight against Al shabab fighters, which merged with Al Qaeda early this year.

“The Ethiopian troops were in about 50 trucks and armed battle-wagons - the armed vehicles are very big.” A local resident told Keydmedia Somali service by phone from Luuq town.

Other residents told Keydmedia Somali service that the Ethiopians had set up a base in Luuq town and moved troops to other towns nearby. Ethiopia entered Somalia in 2006, with tacit U.S. backing, to oust another Islamist movement that had taken control of the capital Mogadishu and large swathes of the country.

Ethiopian troops regularly cross illegitimately the border with Somalia, and carried out more operations against civilian targets inside Somalia in the past 20-years. Residents in Gedo have saddened and outraged the invasion of Ethiopian in Somalia. - Mogadishu, Somalia

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