- Two German warships with 1,600 troops aboard arrive in
Djibouti next Wednesday to take part in operations against suspected terrorists
- Sources said the contingent, the biggest movement of
German troops outside its borders since the Second World war, joins a allied
forces that dismantled the al Qaeda network in Afghanistan forced out the
- Sources in Nairobi said the Germans would take part in
the second round of the war on terrorism which analysts predict will target
Somalia and possibly neighbouring Sudan.
- Somalia has been without a commonly accepted central
government since the overthrow of Mr Siad Barre in 1991.
- A transition government established with the support
of neighbouring countries recently has denied reports that Osama bin Laden's
al Qaeda terrorist network has cells in the country, a view that American
authorities do not share.
- The warships, from the German city of Hanover, are expected
off the coast of Djibouti on January 2.
- Reports of Germany's participation in the new phase of
the war came amid calls by Somali warlords for international military intervention
in the country.
- Three Somali factions said radical Islamic groups, al
Qaeda and al-Itihad, had several bases in the Horn of Africa country.
- Somaliaís transitional government has strongly
denied the presence of terrorist cells, and diplomats have warned that
opposition warlords may use the US war on terror to try and damage their
- At a news conference in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa,
warlords Hassan Mohammed Nur Shatigudud, General Abdullahi Nur Gabyow and
Hussein Aideed said foreign intervention was needed to stop extremist groups
- But diplomats have warned that militia chiefs, who flourished
in the chaos of civil war and control large parts of Somalia, have seized
on the US anti-terror campaign as their own route back to power.