Eritrean Intelligence establishes bases in Somalia and Ethiopia

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Eritreans living in Somalia and Ethiopia are feeling threatened by the presence of several PFDJ operative in the countries. Recent trip by Eritrean President to Somalia has further cemented intelligence sharing agreement between Somalia and Eritrea including extradition of Eritrean oppositions living in Somalia. President of Somalia has also agreed to expel any institutions and individuals suspect in participating in efforts to oust President Isaias Afwerki and his regime including those who are associated with UN Monitoring regime.

The open border between Ethiopia and Eritrea and tripartite   agreement with Somalia has given the PFDJ government an opportunity to send its operatives unhindered to several Somalia and Ethiopian cities.

Ethnic rivalries are plaguing all parts of Ethiopia; as a result, the institutional transition envisioned by PM Abiy has had its cost. Consequently, it is still on a bumpy road. On the Somali Side, Isaias Afwerki is planning to send mechanized forces across Somalia to help President Farmaajo crush his opposition groups mainly Hawiye and Digil/Mriffle clans.

Observers believe that Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea has found leverage to interfere in Ethiopia’s internal affairs through the many armed opposition groups he hosted and trained in Eritrea since 2000 when the border war between the two countries ended.

Recently, a blanket amnesty that PM Abiy granted to all forces opposed to the EPRDF government returned home and some are already involved in the politics of the country.