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Somalia Would Accept Ethiopian Force Backed by African Union

Somalia would accept the involvement of Ethiopian forces in its battle against al-Qaeda-linked militants as it seeks the expansion of an African Union-led peacekeeping mission, a government spokesman said.

Somalia is unaware of any Ethiopian soldiers crossing its border, Abdirahman Omar Osman, a spokesman for the government, said today by phone from Mogadishu, the capital. The New York Times reported today that hundreds of Ethiopian soldiers with artillery and tanks crossed into Somalia yesterday.