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Ethiopia: al-Qaida Operating in Somalia

Ethiopia’s prime minister said Thursday he believes it is common knowledge that an al-Qaida terror cell is operating in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and that only a stable central government can end the chaos in the Horn of Africa country and eliminate terrorist threats. In an interview with The Associated Press, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said his government supported the transitional Somali government that was formed in neighboring Kenya last year and would do everything possible to help that government take power. He said, though, he would only send troops to Somalia in self defense, since it is up to Somalis themselves to install the first effective central government in 14 years. “Wherever there is distress, wherever there is acute poverty, social dislocation, the potential for a terrorist state exists,” Meles said. “We have a very active terrorist cell in Mogadishu, which has been involved in terrorist activities in Kenya.” Full Story

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