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Somali Islamists say facing off with Ethiopia troops

Somali Islamist fighters and Ethiopian troops are facing one another in two Somali villages on the border with Ethiopia, raising fears of clashes, an Islamist leader and residents said on Friday. Hussein Mahamud, deputy head of the Islamist troops, said hundreds of people had fled the villages of Warqumayo and Fiirarle after his fighters camped some 2 km (1.25 miles) from 1,500 Ethiopian troops in the area. “We are facing one another,” Mahamud told Reuters by phone from the nearby town of Balatweyne. “If they don’t leave our soil we will be forced to eject them … A final decision to fight them will be taken in days.” Full Story

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