Eritrea has rejoined East African bloc IGAD, four years after it walked out on the body in protest at Ethiopian forces entering Somalia, according to a letter obtained by Reuters.
Analysts say Asmara’s withdrawal from the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) was the first sign of deteriorating relations between the Red Sea state and regional countries over Somalia, where the Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group is battling to overthrow a U.N.-backed government. Continue reading Eritrea Rejoins IGAD Bloc→
Meles Zenawi’s skills in terrorist price gouging, has inflated the value of Al-Shabab, from a small-time unpopular misfits, who are not even capable of controlling Mogadishu, to an international terrorist organization capable of harming US security. He has nickle and dimed Washington for billions in aid, and has been given a free hand to destabilize the entire region.
The real irony is his illegal invasion of Somalia in 2006 caused the birth and growth of Al-Shabab. What ended up happening for Zenawi is a cash-cow of sorts, where he exaggerates Al-Shabab’s threats and capacity, in order to get a steady-stream of greenbacks rolling in. Over the years, Zenawi has made a complete mockery of the situation and is applying terrorism charges on his domestic fronts,charging many journalists, and opposition members, whom he approved of himself, with ridiculous trumped-up terrorism charges.