There was fighting in Helashid, 18 kilometers (11 miles) northwest of Jilib, the gateway to the Islamic group's coastal stronghold of Kismayo, where an estimated 3,000 hardcore Islamic fighters were preparing for a bloody showdown.
Ethiopian MiG fighter jets were also buzzing Kismayo, an AP reporter said.
"My fighters will defeat the Ethiopians' forces," Sheik Ahmed Mohamed Islan, the head of the Islamic movement in the Kismayo region, told the AP.
"Even if we are defeated we will start an insurgency. We will kill every Somali that supports the government and Ethiopians."
I hope the insurgency won't happen. The Ethiopians are taking no prisoners and killing the Islamic fighters when they capture them. Its the way to fight these bastards. The only way to win is to kill them all.