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Laden Ethiopian convoy seen leaving Somali capital | Antiwar Newswire

Laden Ethiopian convoy seen leaving Somali capital | Antiwar Newswire: "MOGADISHU, Jan 2 (Reuters) - A convoy of trucks loaded with Ethiopian soldiers, mattresses and other equipment left Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday, witnesses said.

Ethiopian soldiers have been propping up Somalia's Western-backed government for the past two years but say they will withdraw in the next few days -- potentially leaving a dangerous power vacuum in the Horn of Africa nation.

It was not immediately clear whether the troop movement was the start of a withdrawal, or a deployment of soldiers elsewhere in the country where they are fighting Islamist insurgents.

'We have seen Ethiopian troops moving to Afgoye from Mogadishu,' said resident Omar Abdi Nur, referring to a town 30 km (19 miles) southwest of the capital."

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