Ethiopian Troops officially join Amisom Forces
Mogadishu (Harar24) – The Ethiopian National Defense Forces are the latest addition to the African Union Mission in Somalia which already consisted of troops from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti and Sierra Leone.
The Ethiopian forces which boasts of presence of 4395 soldiers joined the AMISOM yesterday at a grandeur ceremony held at Baidoa in the Bay province. This was followed by officially handing over Baidoa to the Ethiopian forces, on top of that they’ll also operate side by side with the Somali troops in the Bay, Bakool and Gedo provinces of Somalia.
It is speculated that the Burundian forces that were based in Baidoa before the Ethiopians are planning to join with other AMISOM forces in the Lower Shabelle provinces in order to carry out an offensive against the Al-Shabaab organization.
However several analysts have criticized this latest addition to the AMISOM claiming that it will lower the AMISOM’s popularity and rather increase Al-Shabaab’s popularity amongst Somalis, many who view the Ethiopians as a sworn enemy that has come to invade Somalia. During Ethiopia’s previous incursion into Somalia in an attempt to oust the Union of Islamic Courts, several corpses belonging to Ethiopian forces were dragged in Mogadishu by Somalis, in a show of hatred.
This latest move might just be the perfect tool waiting to be utilized by Al-Shabaab who are known to be very media savvy.