Titlt of thread has been changed from original -“Islamist Somalia Declare Jihad on Christian Ethiopia” to reflect the evolving issues pertaining to the the Somalian/Ethiopian area.
Now that Somalia’s political vacuum has been filled with fleeing radical Islamists, they are commencing their spread by declaring Jihad on Christian Ethiopia.
And so it begins…
[quote]Ethiopia faces Somali ‘jihad’
Somalia’s powerful Islamist movement has stepped up recruitment for a “jihad” or holy war against Ethiopia, as thousands in the capital protested against the alleged presence in Somalia of troops from the neighbouring state.
More than 6,000 people in Mogadishu cheered and railed against mainly Christian Ethiopia, which has denied numerous reports that it is sending thousands of troops to defend Somalia’s weak government from attacks by the Islamist.
“We are telling you that from today, we are attacking the Ethiopian forces wherever they are inside Somalia and jihad has begun,” Islamist leader Sheik Sharif Sheikh Ahmed told the excited crowd.
“I’m calling on everybody that has a gun in his house to take it up and participate in the fight against the Ethiopian invaders,” he said.
“Every one of us must swear not to abstain from this call to jihad and the first man to swear is me,” said Sheik Ahmed, the chairman of the executive arm of the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia (SICS).
Sheik Ahmed was once considered a moderate in the movement, which seised Mogadishu from warlords in June after months of fierce fighting and have now expanded their territory to include most of southern and central Somalia.
The response to his call, which came after the Islamists’ supreme leader declared a start to the long-threatened holy war against Ethiopia on Monday, was generally enthusiastic, with many young men vowing to fight to the death.
“We are ready; my family of eight is ready; we are all ready to wage jihad to defeat our beloved religion against the invaders,” said Ulusow Abdalla, one teenage participant at the rally in southern Mogadishu’s Tarbuunka district.
Another teenager, Said Mucaawiya Hashim Abdalla said he would join the ranks of the Islamists whose forces are close to the seat of the transitional government in Baidoa, where defences have been erected.
“If you die, you will be given very important gifts by Allah, and if you return alive, you will live honourably,” he said. “That is why jihad is very important.”
Islamist officials said earlier this week an estimated 3,000 people had enlisted for the holy war since Monday.
“We have opened seven posts here in Mogadishu for volunteers who are ready to go to jihad,” Ahmed Abdulahi, a senior Islamist official, told the crowd.
“I’m telling you that every Somali individual is wanted to come to those centres for recruitment; then we can start defeating our long-standing enemies and the enemies of Allah,” he said. “The enemy of Allah has come nearer and is intending to attack.”
Ethiopia has confirmed it has sent military trainers and advisers to Somalia to help the government but has rejected reports of thousands of uniformed soldiers on Somali territory.
On Tuesday, the Islamists claimed to have captured an Ethiopian officer in clashes that killed at least 51 people north of the southern port of Kismayo, but Addis Ababa has not responded to the allegations.
Ethiopia has vowed to protect itself and the Somali government from the “jihadists,” whom, together with the transitional government, it accuses of links with Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network.
The Islamists deny this, insisting their sole aim is to restore stability in Somalia.
The rising tensions between the Islamists and the government and worsening security in south and central Somalia have forced tens of thousands to flee into neighbouring Kenya and added to concerns of widespread conflict.
Somalia has been without a functioning central administration since 1991 and the government, formed in neighbouring Kenya in 2004, has been wracked by infighting and its inability to assert control over much of the country.
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