The BBC is reporting http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6202681.stm The situation in the Horn of Africa is undoubtedly one of the most under reported stories of the year. While the rest of the world sleeps, a very substantial area of Africa is about to erupt into a regional war that will rival if not surpass the Balkan Wars of the '90s. Consider: Ethiopia, which by reputation has one of the best trained and best equiped militaries in the region, is about go full scale against a well organised militia which has within it's abilities the capacity to export terror beyond it's borders into neighbouring countries. Eritrea, no pushover either,has in the recent past nudged itself closer to the militias if only to make a point to it's mortal enemy Ethiopia. Caught in the middle is another regional power Kenya which has no intention of throwing itself into the fray but will have to absorb most if not all the refugees that this conflict will spawn. The African Union is impotent. The UN (well it's the UN). The EU can't offer anything but platitudes. The US is too involved elsewhere to offer any meaningful leadership. France is probably signing arms deals with both warring parties even as we speak. Here is a better analysis. http://www.nationmedia.com/eastafrican/04122006/News/News04120612.htm For all it matters, this region has to be stabilized because ultimately the future of a continent is very rapidly going down the drain.