NYT The Islamist forces who have controlled much of Somalia in recent months suddenly vanished from the streets of the capital,
The Ethopians fought back. The Islamists are cowards, that want to control things, but they want to do it by intimidation.Mogadishu, residents said Wednesday night, just as thousands of rival troops massed 15 miles away. In the past few days,
I suspect some of the Islamists can count, and they did not want to fight thousands of rival troops, especially not troops with tanks, helicopter gunships, and jet fighters.Ethiopian-backed forces, with tacit approval from the United States, have unleashed tanks, helicopter gunships and jet fighters on the Islamists, decimating their military and paving the way for the internationally recognized transitional government of Somalia to assert control.
And the Somali citizens, who had a taste of living under Sharia law, probably joined the Ethiopian troops to route the Islamists.Even so, the Islamists, who have been regarded as a regional menace by Ethiopia and the United States, had repeatedly vowed to fight to the death for their religion
That is ok. I am sure that with the Ethopians and the Somali citizens both against them, they can find plenty of people ready to send them to meet Allah.and their land, making their disappearance that much more unexpected.