Ethiopia: May 11, 2005


Members of Somalia's parliament claimed that Ethiopia is continuing to support Somali rebels. The alleged Ethiopian support includes occasional forays by Ethiopian troops into Somali territory. The Somali officials claimed Ethiopian troops crossed into Somalia on May 10. Ethiopia denied the allegation. However, Ethiopia has claimed that Eritrea has ties with some Somali factions. As for the Ethiopia-Eritrea situation, American diplomats fear that  Ethiopia and Eritrea could miscalculate in their current border confrontation and resume fighting. The US wants to deny Al Qaeda bases in the Horn of Africa region. An Ethiopia-Eritrea war would destabilize the area and frustrate US counter-terror efforts. So keeping the peace here is a crucial effort in the war on terror.


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