Really good news coming from Somalia in the War on Terror this week. The events in Somalia are critically important, much more relevant than the execution of Saddam Hussein which is commanding everyone’s attention.

The Islamists have just suffered a major defeat at the hands of an incursion from Ethiopian forces. The Jihadists lost the capital two days ago and word this hour is they are in full fledged retreat from the country of Somalia itself. Memo to Bush: Put the Ethiopians in charge of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Liberal consipiracy theories abound that the United States must somehow be behind the Ethopian invasion. Let’s hope that our government is that smart, however the Ethopians would have major long-term problems with an Islamic state forming on their doorstep. They didn’t let it happen. Amusing that nattering liberals want to make a problem out of good news.

The unbelievably good news is here. American forces are helping with naval support and for that you should all be proud.

A militant Islamist movement fled from rapidly advancing government forces into a rugged, forested corner of Somalia, as the prime minister offered the Islamist rank and file amnesty if they surrendered.

Diplomats from the region were working to arrange the speedy deployment of African peacekeepers to help the interim government establish its authority in the country, which has known only anarchy for 15 years.

As the last remaining stronghold of the Islamic group was overrun by government troops backed by Ethiopian tanks and MiG fighter jets, the net began closing on suspected al-Qaeda fighters believed to be sheltered by the hardline group.

Neighboring Kenya vowed to seal its frontier to prevent any extremists, now wedged against the sea and their border, from escaping the 13-day military offensive.

Sea routes from southern Somalia were also being patrolled by the U.S. navy, hunting three al-Qaeda suspects believed to be among the Islamic group and wanted for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa.