The UN believes there are at least 6,000 Ethiopian and 2,000
Eritrean troops inside Somalia, and that these troops are taking part in the
fighting (Ethiopians for the Transitional Government, Eritreans for the
7, 2006: A new round of peace talks between the Transitional Government
and Islamic Courts have begun. The Islamic Courts are apparently intimidated by
the large numbers of Ethiopian troops they are encountering around Baidoa, and
don't want to get into a war with them.
some 30 Islamic Courts gunmen attacked the Indian ship that pirates had seized
three days ago, wounding two of the pirates, and freed the 14 crew. The ship will
be taken to Mogadishu, and then freed.
6, 2006: Islamic Courts gunmen fought with Puntland militias on the
border of Somalia and Puntland. The Islamic Courts have been trying to develop
support in Puntland, and gain control of the area.
5, 2006: Islamic Courts gunmen ambushed a truck full of Transitional
Government troops outside Baidoa, and killed two of them.
4, 2006: For the third day in a row, Islamic Courts forces outside the
Transitional Government stronghold of Baidoa, "tested" their
artillery (by firing it at empty ground). The Islamic Courts denied earlier
accusations that they had called for terror attacks against Kenya and Ethiopia,
and apparently held back from attacking Baidoa because of the thousands of
Ethiopian troops believed to be there. Inside Baidoa, gunmen searched for
clergy believed working for the Islamic Courts.
the coast, pirates seized an Indian cargo ship, and demanded a million dollar