Uganda sends new troops to Somalia

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Uganda has started sending 2,700 new troops to war-torn Somalia, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, as African Union peacekeeping troops continue efforts to stabilize the nation.

The fresh troops will reinforce the security of Somalia’s presidency, the parliament, all ministries and the airport, as well as the country’s sea port, Ugandan army chief, General Katumba Wamala, said. The soldiers have had several weeks of specialized training from U.S. and French instructors to help them deal with attacks by insurgents, a spokesman for the Ugandan military said.

The deployment comes three weeks after Ugandan troops helped Somalia’s army to recapture the strategic port of Barawe, long-held by the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militants who have used it to import arms and foreign fighters.

“Be vigilant and despite being a people’s force, please guard against the terrorists taking advantage of that relationship to cause harm on you,” Gen. Katumba told the troops as they prepared to depart from a Ugandan base for Somalia.

The consignment is the 17th Uganda has sent to Somalia since 2007, as part of a U.S.-backed military mission to rid lawless Somalia of militants. They will replace a consignment that participated in the capture of Barawe earlier this month.

Although al-Shabaab militants were driven out of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, as well as major towns, three years ago, the militants are still bunkered down across much of the countryside. Until it was driven out of Barawe, the militant group was governing the port town under a strict interpretation of Islamic law, ordering floggings, amputations and executions for various crimes.

Ugandan officials say that Kampala agreed to contribute troops to the mission in 2007 to choke off the flow of illicit arms and ammunitions to cattle rustlers who for years had terrorized Uganda’s northeastern region of Karamoja. But Kampala has paid a heavy price for this role.

In July, 2010, al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for multiple bomb blasts in Kampala, in retaliation for Uganda’s presence in Somalia. The attacks killed 79 people, including one American. Last month, security officials uncovered a terrorist cell in Kampala and arrested 19 suspects who were allegedly planning to strike several targets, according to Ugandan and U.S. officials.

Somalia hasn’t had an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, making it a haven for terrorists, pirates and illicit arms dealers.

Other countries with troops in Somalia include Djibouti, Kenya, Burundi ,Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Mida kale ha lagu dadaalo sameynta Gudi Farsamo oo la socda, waxqabaka cidamadda Shisheeye ee dalka jooga. kuwa la keenayo caafimaadkooda iwm.

  2. Soomaaliya uma baahna Ciidan kale oo Dibadda uga yimaada Waqtigaan(2014) wixii ka dabmeeyo, Laakiin Waxay u baahan tahay in marka hore kuwii hore ee jooogey loo sameeyo ( Mandate ) ama Waxa loo yaqaan (Exit route) oo macnaheeda yahay waqtii ay dalka kaga bixi lahaayeen. inta ay ku jiraan shaqadda loo idmay, waxaa loo baahan yahay in lala socoda ama lagu koontaroolo shaqadooda. iyo qaabka ay u gudanayaan. waxaa kaloo garab soconaya Sare u qaaditada Tabaridda CXD iyo iney si buuxda ay gacanta uga dhigaan dalka, lana tababaro Hanashada Amniga wadanka oo dhan. waa hadii la doonayo, in Xal waara la gaaro. Dalkuna u soo ceshado sharaftii iyo karaamadi uu caalamka ku lahaa.

    Dowladda caawiya soomaliya kuwana waxa ay ka tahay Daacad caawinaadooda, oo waxay dalka iyo dadkuba la doonayaan wa horumar, halka kuwa kalena ay ka tahay laqdabo iyo lugooyo iyo iney soomaliya istaagto meesha hadda ay taagan tahay meel ka xun. waxaa la doonaya in shacabka iyo dowladdaba fahman cida wanaaga la rabto iyo cida dooneyso iney ka tuurto Buur hakabo.
    Horumar, Barwaaqo iyo Nabad ku baahda Gayiga Geeska Afrika.
    Mahadsanidin.

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