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Ethiopian Jets Bomb Islamist Headquarters at Somalia's International Airport


Somalia: Ethiopian war planes have bombed parts of Somalia's international airport in Mogadishu - the headquarters of Islamist militants who have seized control of most of the country.
Airport officials and witnesses said today (Monday) Ethiopian MiG fighter jets targeted several buildings at the airport in Somalia's capital. At least one person was wounded.
Today's (Monday's) bombings prompted Somalia's U.N.-backed interim government to indefinitely close the country's borders.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Sunday his country was forced into war after Somalia's Islamlists declared a "holy war" against the Ethiopian forces.
Addis Abba confirmed for the first time Sunday that its military was involved in fighting in neighboring Somalia, although witnesses have been reporting the presence of Ethiopian troops for several weeks.
Ethiopia supports Somalia's U.N.-backed interim government in its fight against the Islamic Courts movement.

Iraq: The British military says troops have demolished an Iraqi police station in the southern city of Basra to stop rogue officers from using the site to commit crimes.
British forces stormed Basra's Jameat police station early this (Monday) morning after receiving intelligence that Iraqi officers were planning to execute detainees.
A British military spokesman (Major Charlie Burbridge) says the troops killed seven gunmen after soldiers came under fire when they approached the station. Troops then moved 76 prisoners to another detention facility in Basra before using explosives to destroy the station.
British military officials say the operation was aimed at disbanding the station's serious crimes unit, which they say was involved in murders, kidnappings and other crimes in Basra.
Meanwhile, U.S. and Iraqi officials say American forces in Baghdad detained at least four Iranians last week suspected of inciting attacks against Iraqi troops.

Sri Lanka – Jordan: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels say they have released all 25 crew members of a Jordanian ship that drifted into rebel-controlled waters in the north.
Rebel Spokesman Day Master said today (Monday) that the seamen were released to the International Red Cross and were being transported to the town of Vavuniya on the edge of rebel-held territory.
The Jordanian vessel (Farha-3), carrying 14 thousand tons of rice from India to South Africa drifted into Tamil Tiger-controlled waters Saturday after experiencing engine failure.
The military had accused the rebels of forcibly boarding the ship while it was adrift. The Defense Ministry said it received a distress message indicating the vessel was under "armed pirate attack."
There was no immediate word on the status of the ship and its cargo.

Chad: The government of Chad has signed a peace deal with the leader of one of the country's largest rebel groups.
Rebel leader Mahamat Nour and government officials signed the accord Sunday in Tripoli, after a meeting with Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi.
Chad's President Idriss Deby called the signing an historic and great moment, while Nour called on the heads of other rebel groups to join him.
Nour leads the rebel United Front for Democratic Change. His forces raided the capital, N'Djamena in April in an unsuccessful attempt to topple the Deby government. Hundreds of people were killed.
Last week, other Chadian rebels dismissed the peace efforts between President Deby and Nour. A Chadian rebel spokesman called Nour a "bad leader" with dwindling support.

Thailand Violence: Thai police say suspected Muslim insurgents have killed a soldier and a civilian in drive-by shootings and burned down a school in the southern province of Pattani.
They say gunmen on motorcycles shot dead a Thai army sergeant as he was driving to work this (Monday) morning. At around the same time, officials say militants killed a Buddhist civilian as he was driving in another part of Pattani.
Police say insurgents also burned down a Thai government-run school in Pattani Sunday night. It was the 16th school to be torched in southern Thailand this month.
At least 17-hundred people have been killed in Thailand's southern provinces since a Muslim insurgency began three years ago.

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