This is from allafrica.com.
The further breakdown of the transitional govt. and the growth of the Islamic resistance is evident in this report. The US continues to support the transitional govt. of course after helping to oust the president and giving 5 million for a security force! The weapons of the force could end up in the hands of Islamist militants. The Ethiopian troops will soon be withdrawn. We will see what Obama has in mind for Somalia.
Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Disarm Government Soldiers
Ahmednor Mohamed Farah
1 January 2009
Mogadishu — The Ethiopian troops have disarmed some government soldiers in Mogadishu, witnesses said on Thursday.
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The move came after some government soldiers started to defect from their bases and surrendered to the Islamist insurgents.
Residents said government soldiers handed over their weapons to the Somali, Islamist insurgents in Mogadishu.
Sources say the Ethiopian troops ordered government soldiers based in Florenza area, in Mogadishu, to hand over their weapons to the Ethiopian soldiers and now the Ethiopian troops moved to the base.
Somali government soldiers have been surrendering to the Islamists since Somali president Abdulahi Yusuf resigned and the Ethiopian government announced plans to withdraw its troops from Somalia.