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Eritrea warns of "consequences" for U.S. in Somalia
reuters ^ | 12 Jan 2007

Posted on 01/13/2007 5:31:46 PM PST by Mount Athos

Eritrea warned the United States on Friday that its involvement in Somalia would "incur dangerous consequences" following a U.S. air strike in the Horn of Africa nation targeting al Qaeda suspects.

Eritrea has in a matter of years gone from being a U.S. ally to one of its staunchest opponents, analysts say, because of what Asmara perceives as Washington's support for rival Ethiopia in a long-standing border dispute.

"President Isaias Afwerki underlined that the turmoil being created in ... Somalia by the U.S. administration through its mercenary agent (Ethiopia) would incur dangerous consequences," a statement on the Information Ministry Web site said.

A senior U.S. official said Monday's air strike on Somalia killed up to 10 al Qaeda-affiliated "terrorists", but three of the most wanted suspects survived in the first overt U.S. military action since a peacekeeping mission ended in 1994.

The Eritrean government recently accused Washington of being behind the war in Somalia where the interim government backed by Ethiopia routed the once-powerful Islamists in a two-week war.

Asmara has repeatedly denied Ethiopian allegations it sent thousands of Eritrean soldiers to fight alongside the Islamists. Western nations have accused Eritrea of using Somalia as a proxy battleground against neighbour Ethiopia.

The Horn of African countries fought a 1998-2000 border war, which killed an estimated 70,000 people.

The Eritrean Information Ministry statement said Isaias called on the international community to take "serious measures without underestimating the existing dangerous situation".

The U.S. attack was criticised by the United Nations, many European countries and the Arab League.

The United States called on Friday for the speedy deployment of African peacekeepers to Somalia to stop what it called a security vacuum that could trigger fresh fighting.

Ethiopia, Washington's major counter-terrorism ally in the Horn of Africa, has said it would keep its troops in Somalia for a few weeks to help Somalia's interim government in what is the 14th attempt to restore central rule in the country since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled in 1991.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; eritrea; ethiopia; hornofafrica; isaiasafwerki; somalia

1 posted on 01/13/2007 5:31:47 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

So what the hell are they gonna do about it?


2 posted on 01/13/2007 5:35:08 PM PST by RacerX1128
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To: Mount Athos

"Eritrea warned the United States on Friday that its involvement in Somalia would "incur dangerous consequences" following a U.S. air strike in the Horn of Africa nation targeting al Qaeda suspects."

What an idiot. He'll be lucky if Ethiopia doesn;t decide its on a role and take him out too. Can't wait to see the Ethiopians at the Liturgy tomorrow and get the latest from their old country.


3 posted on 01/13/2007 5:36:06 PM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: RacerX1128
"incur dangerous consequences"

Uh-oh. Cab strike.
4 posted on 01/13/2007 5:38:51 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: Kolokotronis

Maybe we should wipe this place off the map with one well placed MOAB.We could send in the NYPD to wipe out this country.


5 posted on 01/13/2007 5:39:59 PM PST by peeps36 (Jimmy Carter Won A Bozo Peace Prize For Being A Complete Idiot)
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To: Kolokotronis

Uh oh, first Pelosi, now Eritrea.
Both sound like medical conditions involving the ass.


6 posted on 01/13/2007 5:45:59 PM PST by Hilltop
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To: Mount Athos

Nuke 'em, Dano.


7 posted on 01/13/2007 5:47:05 PM PST by Ilky Hucktar
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To: Mount Athos

"The U.S. attack was criticised by the United Nations, many European countries and the Arab League."

All Three are corrupt conglomerations that seek the decline of American prosperity and power. Why dose anyone with a neuron and a half give them any credence in this country? As for Eritrea, put up or shut up.


8 posted on 01/13/2007 5:47:25 PM PST by Historix
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To: RacerX1128

Yet another warning …

Seems like we get these warnings every other day.

If we could bring a few of these ashats over to our country, let them see the hugh industrial/military complex that they are up against, perhaps they would revise their constant bravado about how they will whip us.


9 posted on 01/13/2007 5:51:15 PM PST by doc1019
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To: doc1019

What is this ashat, or asshat? I've heard that only within the past five years, but I don't know what it means, or implies.


10 posted on 01/13/2007 5:54:13 PM PST by Ilky Hucktar
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To: Mount Athos
I never could quite see the rosy pictures of the time that portrayed the Eritreans as heroes. Granted that Ethiopia was unfortunately taken over by a Marxist tyrant, Haile Mengistu Mariam, but Eritrea was never the wonderful band of brothers that the American press portrayed at the time.

I'm thinking of books like this one by Thomas Kenneally, the author of Schindler's list:

I once met Kenneally and had lunch with him, not long after this book came out. He seemed like a nice guy, but hopelessly naive.

11 posted on 01/13/2007 5:58:29 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Ilky Hucktar

Ashat (asshat) = idiot.


12 posted on 01/13/2007 5:59:06 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Mount Athos

Yeah ,Yeah, Yeah. Another tin pot country threatening us.

Tell Eurethra to get in line .


13 posted on 01/13/2007 6:04:56 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: doc1019

Well, I guess that figures. But I prefer, given in a foreign accent, "I kick all your asses."


14 posted on 01/13/2007 6:05:37 PM PST by Ilky Hucktar
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To: sgtbono2002

I think I spotted the flaw in this article:

"Eritrea warned the United States on Friday..."


15 posted on 01/13/2007 6:06:56 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Mount Athos

Incur dangerous consequences for who? US? I think not.


16 posted on 01/13/2007 6:06:58 PM PST by airborne (Elect an Airborne Ranger,Vietnam Veteran for President ! Duncan Hunter 2008!!)
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To: Ilky Hucktar

To be more specific:

A person, of either gender, whose behavior displays such ignorance/obnoxiousness that you would like to make them wear their own ass as a hat.

Head up ass type of image.


17 posted on 01/13/2007 6:07:52 PM PST by doc1019
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To: doc1019

How do you figure that would help? The Palestiniacs are QED that it wouldn't matter one iota. Second QED would be those opposing forces of U.S. military might in Iraq. Are those opposing forces better or worse off, in general, than Eritrea?


18 posted on 01/13/2007 6:10:40 PM PST by raygun (Do me a real solid and sit in my double-parked car downstairs while I run to get some birds, O.k?)
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To: sgtbono2002

I had to google Eritrea. Its a tiny country that has been at war with its neighbor, Ethiopia for 30 years, and also has continual skirmishes (artillery exchanges) with its other neighbor, Sudan.
It has 9 ethnic groups, two religions: islam and christianity, and three working languages (english is one of them).

Its a tiny little country and its littered with fields of undiscovered landmines from nearly 60 years of war.

Amazingly its supposed to be a democracy, but its president declare martial law years ago...so its classified by those who know as a military dictatorship.


19 posted on 01/13/2007 6:12:13 PM PST by Cyclops08
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To: Mount Athos

I'd like to see shred of evidence that Eritrea has ever had a close or significant relationship with the US.

This is typical unsubtantiated media sping against the US.


20 posted on 01/13/2007 6:18:21 PM PST by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: raygun

Oh, I don’t know … just a random thought. I’m sure that my observations will not effect, in any why, the direction of our government.


21 posted on 01/13/2007 6:19:48 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Cyclops08

Thay dont call it darkest africa for nothing.


22 posted on 01/13/2007 6:23:31 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: Ilky Hucktar
What is this ashat, or asshat?

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23 posted on 01/13/2007 6:29:35 PM PST by don-o (There is NO free lunch! Visualize no Free Republic. Not pretty is it? Do the Monthly!)
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To: Cicero
You might be amused by another book on the region by the first white man ever to cross it and live. That was in 1928. The book is entitled Hellhole of Creation: The Exploration of the Abyssinian Danakil by a fellow named Nesbitt. Trust me, this ain't Smurfland.
24 posted on 01/13/2007 6:32:05 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"


25 posted on 01/13/2007 6:37:03 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: lonestar67

Oh come on, you know ... Erit-rea, just outside the dire straits ... we have been willing to give money for years and they have been willing to accept it for years. How much closer can you get?


26 posted on 01/13/2007 7:01:30 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: Cyclops08
In the late 19th century when the other European countries were carving up Africa, Italy got only some crumbs...they annexed Somalia and Eritrea (so called after the ancient Greek name for the Red Sea) but failed in their attempt to conquer Ethiopia (Abyssinia). In 1935 Mussolini invaded Ethiopia and managed to conquer the country, but the Italians were driven out by the British in 1941, who also took over Eritrea.

The British stayed until 1952, when Eritrea was made part of a federation with Ethiopia. When the Ethiopians turned it into a province, the Eritreans fought for their independence, a war which went on for 30 years. Finally they were recognized as independent in 1993.

The war between the two countries which broke out in 1998 was senseless and devastating. Until then Eritrea seemed to have a little more promise than the average African country. In terms of life expectancy and infant mortality rates, for example, it is almost at the level of Moldova, the worst-off European country.

27 posted on 01/14/2007 8:38:03 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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