MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Federal Government of Somalia has denied allegations that the country deployed troops to Ethiopia during the conflict between the Ethiopian military and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which resulted in the death and displacement of scores.
Information Minister Osman Abukar Dubbe told state television that reports suggesting the presence of the Somali National Army [SNA] Ethiopian troops have been “fabricated”, adding that Ethiopia has never requested military assistance from Somalia.
The minister, who is a close ally of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, said the reports were designed by critics to “distract” attention, adding that the government was not aware of any soldiers in the nation of the Horn of Africa, which has fought ethnic wars. for 18 months.
Ethiopia, he added, is a close partner in the security and development of Somalia, stressing the role that Addis Ababa has played in ensuring peace and stability in this country in the Horn of the United States. ‘Africa. He commended Addis Ababa for its continued support to the federal government.
However, the minister’s statement does not deny that Somali forces are being trained in Eritrea. There are no Somali forces trained in other countries that have been sent to a conflict zone, he said.
Without providing substantial evidence, Abdisalam Guled, who was deputy head of the National Intelligence Security Agency [NISA], had claimed that Somalia had suffered the brunt of the Tigray War, based on its “investigations and correspondence” with senior Ethiopian security officials.
He said nearly 370 Somali soldiers killed in the Tigray War, aged 20 to 30, were fighting alongside Ethiopian and Eritrean forces, which launched an operation in the Tigray region following an attack in TPLF on the Northern Command.
The former spy chief further claimed that the young soldiers were chosen secretly in Mogadishu without the knowledge of their families and sent to Eritrea. Somalia, he added, was doing “the favor” to Ethiopia, which plays a key role in the peacekeeping mission in the country.
He said the information was obtained from “exclusive” sources within the Ethiopian military. However, Axadlecould not independently verify the claims, but the Ethiopian military has worked closely with the Somali National Army in the fight against Al-Shabaab in addition to being accused of interfering with the domestic politics of Somalia.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently said Operation Tigray was completed after the capture of Mekelle, the region’s capital. In the process, several TPLF commanders were arrested or killed by security forces, a move that drew national condemnation.