Sunday, 29 August 2010

Australian troops for Somalia?

If fighting international terrorism really is the vital matter that both Australia's potential governments maintain then over in the Defence Department they should be drawing up the plans to send our troops to Somalia. Afghanistan, it is now clear, is no longer the centre of the evil Al Qaeda's activities but that does not mean the terrorist threat has disappeared. It has simply moved elsewhere.
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, John F.Kerry, summarised the situation outlined in the report in this way:
Two stories in the Washington Post over the weekend confirm the Foreign Relations committee warning. 
Gunmen kill 8 soldiers in southern Yemen: ADEN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Al-Qaeda's regional wing asserted responsibility for an attack on a checkpoint in southern Yemen on Saturday in which eight soldiers were killed. The attack on the checkpoint occurred in Zinjibar, capital of the flash point Abyan province.
 The AP report went on to refer to this posting on the US Embassy website:
The second Post story gives details of how never before have the radical al-Shabab militiamen attacked so near Somalia's halls of power as they have last week, bringing them closer to their desire to create a Taliban-like Islamic emirate from which to export jihad abroad.
If our politicians are not simply hypocrites presumably they will now be wanting to tackle these latest outbreaks of international terrorism.

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