The crumbling of the Islamic militias across the swath of territory of Somalia is now almost complete with the attack and utter collapse of those forces in and around the main stronghold of Mogadishu, the capitol of Somalia.
To my knowledge, there have not been many bloggers talking about this issue before now, but I have been and I’ve been telling you all what could happen if the entire region went to war.
Government forces backed with Ethiopian allies took effective control of Mogadishu on Thursday after a 10-day offensive to reclaim much of the territory seized by the Somalia Islamic Courts Council (SICC) since June.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi vowed not to give up the fight until extremists and foreign fighters supporting the Islamic movement had been crushed, predicting it would take a few weeks longer.
Speaking in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, he added that between 2,000 and 3,000 Islamic militia had been killed and 4,000 to 5,000 wounded.
Ethiopia suffered a few hundred casualties, Meles told reporters.
Ethiopian troops and air strikes were very critical to the government's assault and there is some question what will happen when Addis Ababa finally withdraws its forces.
With neighboring country of Eritrea accused of backing the Islamists, many feared the conflict could engulf the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia, like the United States, says the Islamists are supported by al-Qaeda.
Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, the executive leader of the Council of Islamic Courts, told The Associated Press Friday that his fighters would not be pushed out of Somalia, but it seems that they will be just that.
"We will not run away from our enemies. We will never depart from Somalia. We will stay in our homeland," he said from the southern coastal port of Kismayo, where his forces retreated from Mogadishu.
Until now, Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi has ruled from Baidoa, the single Somali town the government held before Ethiopian troops came to its aid, spearheading the complete rout of the Islamist militias that threatened to take control of the country less than two weeks ago.
This is a great victory against our enemies in Islam as they have tried and failed to make Somalia an Islamic State and we must continue to fight them and push them back, not just in Somalia, but all over the world.
This is just the first step in defeating these Islamic fighters and I continue to wish for good news and word on the next defeat of those savages.
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