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U.N. Study: Foreign Troops In Somalia Raise War Risk

Thousands of Ethiopian and Eritrean troops are in Somalia, backing opposing sides in the struggle for control of the country, according to a confidential U.N. paper. The involvement of the two rivals could set the stage for a regional war. The U.N. report, dated Oct. 26, cites diplomatic sources in estimating that “between 6,000 and 8,000 Ethiopians and 2,000 fully equipped Eritrean troops are now inside Somalia supporting” the internationally recognized transitional government and the group known as the Council of Islamic Courts, respectively. Full Story

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