19 May 2012

Somalia: Ethiopian's Military Operations Delayed, Says Force Commander

Baidoa — The force commander of Ethiopian troops in parts of southernSomalia, said on Saturday that their military operations against Al shabab got delayed over unmentioned reasons.

General John, the commander of Ethiopian troops in Bay and Bakol region of southern Somalia, told reporters in Baidoa town, the provincial capital of Bat region, 250 Kilometers away from northwest Mogadishu that the operational plan was to liberate the militants from all southern regions, but delayed.

"We are well prepared for a major offensive against Al-Shabaab controlled towns in southern Somalia, including the port town ofKisamyu, 500 Kilometers away south of Mogadishu with the help of Somali andKenya army crossing from the border," the commander added.

Ethiopian troops re-entered Somalia this year to help UN-backed Somali government in fight against Al shabab and captured several strategic towns in central and south regions where is planed to hand over the African Union soldiers.

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