Ethiopia has sent an estimated 20 vehicles full of soldiers into Somalia, in a move that is likely to revive memories of the Ethiopians’ disastrous and controversial three-year presence in Somalia from 2006 to 2009.
The Ethiopian government has officially denied that troops have been sent in, but witnesses say that the deployment was large. The troops have been seen in Gurel town in Galgudud region, and there were other sightings around Beledweyne, with hundreds spotted in each instance.
The troops are believed to be seeking to defeat Islamic militants. At the same time, Kenyan troops have entered the south of the country with the same aim. It’s not clear whether the military actions of the Ethiopian and Kenyan governments are in any way coordinated.