Will Somalia Be Collateral Damage of Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict?

Will Somalia Be Collateral Damage of Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict?
Security forces examine the wreckage of vehicles after a bomb attack near the presidential palace, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Jan. 8, 2020 (AP photo by Farah Abdi Warsameh).

In November, as the Ethiopian government escalated its military campaign against the northern Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed quietly ordered a drawdown of Ethiopian peacekeepers from neighboring Somalia. The scale of the move is still unconfirmed, but as many as 3,000 Ethiopian troops were reportedly redeployed to fight against the regional ruling party in Tigray, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front, or TPLF. Around 200 to 300 ethnic Tigrayan soldiers in Somalia were also disarmed, and some may have even been purged from the ranks. The Ethiopian troops’ departure injects additional uncertainty into Somalia’s already precarious security situation, as it […]

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