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Ethiopia’s Meles: Somali Islamists approach border

Somalia’s Islamist fighters — backed by foreign troops — have neared Ethiopia’s border, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Thursday, vowing to attack the “jihadists” if they crossed the frontier. Meles told parliament in Addis Ababa the Somali fighters were now within 15 km (9 miles) of the remote Ethiopian border. The prime minister said the Islamist ranks included gunmen from Indonesia, Pakistan, the Arab world and other African nations. The Islamists have strongly denied any foreign fighters are among their ranks. Full Story

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