AFRICA: The Somalis Go

But will the Cubans follow?

Out of the nettle of disastrous defeat, Somalia's President Mohamed Siad Barre last week sought to pluck a flower: the U.S. military assistance for which he has been campaigning for months. From Mogadishu, Barre ordered home 20,000 Somali troops who have been battling Ethiopians, and recently Cubans and Russians, in the neighboring Ogaden region of Ethiopia in support of ethnic Somalis living there. By playing the peacemaker and withdrawing his invasion forces from territory to which he had no claim anyway, Barre satisfied a Washington condition for...

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