소말리아에서  회교 급진 세력이   정부군과 에티오피아 군의 강력한 공격을 받고  최전선으로부터 후퇴했다고   목격자들이 전했습니다.

소말리아 임시 정부 청사가  있는 바이도아시의 바로 남쪽에 있는 데이누니 마을 주민들은  AP통신에 ,이슬람 법정 연대   세력이  26일 동남쪽으로 50킬로미터 이상 퇴각했다고  전했습니다.

목격자들은 또 이슬람 법정 연대측이  부르하쿠바에 있는  주요 거점을 포기하고  전열을 갖춰 수도 모가디슈쪽으로 향했다고 전했습니다. 

이슬람 법정 연대측은  그러나  이같은 움직임은 전략상의  후퇴라고 주장하고 있습니다.

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Witnesses in Somalia say Islamist fighters have retreated from front-line positions after coming under heavy attack by government and Ethiopian forces.

Residents in the town of Daynuney - just south of the transitional government headquarters in Baidoa - told the Associated Press troops loyal to the Council of Islamic Courts movement withdrew more than 50 kilometers today (Tuesday) to the southeast.

Witnesses said Islamic forces also abandoned their main stronghold in Bur Haqaba and were forming convoys headed toward the capital, Mogadishu.

Islamist officials described the move as a "tactical retreat."

The withdrawal follows heavy bombing by Ethiopian jets of the country's two main international airports. Both were under control of the Islamists since June, when they routed a U.S.-backed warlord alliance in Mogadishu.

Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi told VOA (Horn of Africa Service) Monday that Ethiopian troops are in Somalia to support his transitional government. He also said there are five-thousand Eritrean soldiers in the country aiding the Islamists.