Crossfire War – Tehran – Khartoum Watch – Northeast Africa Theatre: Tehran – Khartoum – Kismayu/Mogadishu – Addis Ababa – Kampala – Nairobi – Washington; Heavy Fighting Erupts in Mogadishu – Hit and Run Attacks by Islamic Units Supported by Iran – Sudan
Night Watch: MOGADISHU – Reuters reports that a suspicious coalition of warlords and Islamic groups, are able to occasionally conduct hit and run attacks against Somali troops of the Transitional Government, now based in the capital, and its Ethiopian allies. Yesterday, some Ethiopian and Somali government units were fired upon and the Ethiopians responded with tank fire. They then fired rockets at Mogadishu stadium where it was believed the anti-government forces withdrew to. Eighty-year-old Faduma Elmi stated, “I have never seen or experienced the kind of fighting that I saw today. People were running in all directions. I saw an old man die in front of me.” A representative for the African Union Mission, responding to the question if Ugandan troops were caught up in the fighting said, “It has not affected the three areas we are in.” [ASHARQALAWSAT]
I suspect what Tehran, and with the full support of Khartoum, have done is to arm some of the warlords and whatever remains of Islamic organizations for the sole purpose of attacking and harassing the new Somali government as often as possible, in order to prevent the Allies, and their economies from having access to raw materials in the region. This has long been the standard operational procedure of Tehran, which specializes in establishing crisis and chaos against any government Iran is opposed to. It is not that difficult. With so many sources and supplies of all kinds of weaponry and technology available, either officially or through underground weapon trafficking networks, all Tehran has to do is to arm a unit, whether Islamic or not, that is opposed to a government Iran is also opposed to and Tehran can easily find a group inside the country and with perhaps support from a neighboring or regional government, but the financing and the networking is organized by Tehran.
As long as Tehran’s current government remains in power, they will continue to do so on any theatre-front of this war and proudly deny it.