Hundreds of non-ATMIS Ethiopian troops cross border into Somalia

Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Hundreds of non-ATMIS Ethiopian troops crossed the border into Somalia on Wednesday, local media reported, days after Somali authorities confirmed that Ethiopia and Kenyan armies will participate in a new offensive against Al-Shabaab militants.

The reports came a day after insurgents stormed a military base for US-trained troops and regional forces set to take part in upcoming military operations in the Middle and Lower Juba regions. Rebels released images purporting to show dead bodies of soldiers, prisoners and military vehicles they seized during the raid.

Somali national security advisor Hussein Sheikh Ali said last week fresh non-ATMIS Kenyan, Ethiopian and Djiboutian troops would enter the country within weeks to participate in military operations aimed at retaking vast swathes of territory currently held by the Al-Qaeda affiliate.

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