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Friday, December 08, 2006

Somalia-Ethiopia Heavy Fighting reported

Heavy fighting has erupted in southern Somalia between the country's powerful Islamist movement and forces allied to the weak interim government.

Witnesses say the fighting around the town of Dinsoor Friday was fierce and led to casualties.

The Islamists' foreign affairs minister, Ibrahim Hassan Adou, tells VOA that Islamist fighters defeated a force of 1,800 Ethiopians. However, the French news agency, AFP, quotes the interim government's defense minister, Salat Ali Jelle, as saying the Islamists were defeated.

- Fighting said breaking out near Somali govt base
- Somalia-Ethiopia Fighting Reported