Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Horn of Africa: US says dozens of militants arrested

Reuters has an interview with Brigadier General Mastin Robeson, the force commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). Robeson says the dozens of arrests were made by the security forces of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti and Yemen ...
"Every one of (the arrests involve) significant members of the terrorist organisations here -- all of them are not necessarily al Qaeda. But all of them are involved in the terrorist operations here in the form of operators, planners, financiers or supporters."

... Robeson did not elaborate on the arrested militants but he suggested the arrests had been made after his team reinvigorated national anti-terror efforts in a region seen by Washington as particularly vulnerable to militants.