March 14, 2008
None of us have posted much on Ethiopia's ongoing, US-supported COIN effort in Somalia.
By all accounts, things are getting worse for the Ethiopians and their Somali partners who swept into power in days only to be confronted with a violent, long-term insurgency. Violent deaths as a result of the insurgency put it above the level of violence last year in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, the Navy did actually get to use naval gunfire as a result of this small war.
Reports of the beheadings of Ethiopian-back Somali troops as well as the use of sophisticated IEDs continue to make apparent the sophistication of Al Qaeda's training network and the continued spread of the contents of Iraq's Pandora's box.