Somali Militants Gather, Recruit At Border Town


Salon Staff
January 2, 2012 5:00PM (UTC)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Residents in a Somalia border town invaded by Ethiopian troops over the weekend say that they welcome the presence of Ethiopia's military because it has forced al-Shabab militants out of the town.

But a resident said Monday that militants appear to be massing hundreds of fighters outside Beledweyne and were attempting to recruit new fighters from surrounding villages.

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Hundreds of Ethiopian troops moved into Beledweyne on Saturday, opening a third front against al-Shabab militants, who also face Kenyan troops in Somalia's south and African Union troops in the capital, Mogadishu.


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