Islamists to achieve back Somali provinces under Ethiopia and Kenya control
par Aweys Osman Yusuf
18, Nov.06 ( Sh.M.Network) For the first time the Union of Islamic Courts
has revealed it is tracking down provinces that, it said, belonged to Somalia
but were annexed to neighboring countries, Ethiopia and Kenya.
interview with Shabelle Radio in Mogadishu, the Islamic Courts judiciary leader
Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys said the Somali population was one family but was
disenfranchised and disintegrated by former colonizers who, he said, were
still busy splitting up the Somali population that shares one language and
It is unbelievable that a country population that is like one family
to be divided into 10 parts. As Islamic Courts, we will not accept divisions
and we will gain back the Somali provinces forcefully annexed to Ethiopia
and Kenya, Aweys said.
how he would react to the UN repot that accused several Middle Eastern and
African countries of helping Somalia militarily and hundreds of Islamists
that fought along side Hezbollah in the 34 days war with Israel, Aweys said
it was a mistake to find fault with a group or someone for something baseless,
denying Somalia Islamist fighters went to Lebanon to support Hezbollah in
the Lebanon and Israeli war.
have been rumors that Islamic Courts sent number of their troops to Eritrea
for training; Aweys, the Islamic Courts founder, stopped short to answer the
question regarding Eritrea and Islamist issue.
Ethiopia and Eritrea, long time rival enemies that fought their war over borders
from 1998 to 2000, ware involved in helping the opposing parties in Somalia
militarily, showing concerns that Somalia could become a proxy war for the
has been imposed on the capital following the burning and ban on narcotic
leaf, Khad and demonstrations that followed in which a teenage boy was shot
dead by Islamists.
courts did not specify when the curfew would last.
said Khad was more dangerous to the society.
Fighting for the eradication of Khat is more dangerous than the warlords
we evicted from the capital, but we will get rid of it because it destroyed
our economy and massively harmed the discipline of our society,
have not only banned Khad but they have banned smoking as well in different
locations of Somalia under their control, imposing fine of S. Sh 7,000,000
($800) on vehicles trying to smuggle Khad into Islamist areas and 500,000
Somali shillings ($40) on the Khad consumer.