WikiLeaks Reveals U.S. Twisted Ethiopia’s Arm to Invade Somalia

U.S. officials were lying when they claimed to have attempted to restrain Ethiopia from invading neighboring Somalia in late 2006. Newly unveiled documents show that “the Bush Administration pushed Ethiopia to invade Somalia with an eye on crushing the Union of Islamic Courts,” which had established relative peace in much of the country. The U.S. also tried to assemble a “coalition of the willing” to overthrow Robert Mugabe’s government in Zimbabwe.

By mid 2007, the 50,000 Ethiopian troops that invaded Somalia in late 2006 found themselves increasingly bogged down, facing much fiercer resistance than they had bargained for as Somalis of all stripes temporarily put aside their differences to stand together against the outside invader.

As the military incursion turned increasingly sour, then US Under Secretary of State for Africa, Jendayi Frazer, who taught at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies in the 1990s, insisted that, prior to the invasion, the United States had counseled caution and that Washington had warned Ethiopia not to use military force against Somalia. Frazer was a close collaborator with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, for whom there also is a strong University of Denver connection. Frazer certainly tried to distance the United States from responsibility for the Ethiopian invasion in a number of interviews she gave to the media at the time. 

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2 Responses to “WikiLeaks Reveals U.S. Twisted Ethiopia’s Arm to Invade Somalia”

  1. where is the wikileaks source? Only three documents are released so far about Ethiopia and none of them mentions the subject of this article.

  2. Everybody knows that Meles invaded Somalia at the request of the U.S. No one needs a wkilieaks confirmation on this issue. The funny thing is that Meles gave several reasons to justify his invasion. He said the UIC was a threat to the national security of Ethiopia. Then he said he sent his troops to Somalia at the request of the Transitional Government of Somalia. Last year he said he would not re-send his troops even when the TGS is on the verge of losing its control of parts of Mogadishu. All this guy knows is making profit by creating wars. His reckless decision now creates permanent hostility between Ethiopia and Somalia while costing 20000 lives. What a devilish deed!!!!!

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