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The United Nations has approved plans for the African Union to build up its peacekeeping force in Somalia to more than 22,000 troops, to support the shaky Western-backed government against Islamist militants who refuse to quit their guerrilla war
At least four of the Islamist attackers also were killed as Somali police and AU troops responded to the assault on the police station in Beledweyne, about 200 miles north of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, said Abdi Farah Laqanyo, governor of the
Ethiopia's official declaration last week to join the African peacekeeping mission in Somalia, African Union Mission in Somali (Amisom), has been widely praised as positive by the key Western nations. AFP AFP In Summary The view (of the EU, US and
US military forces in Africa may lose well over a tenth - or some $40m - from their 2014 budget, the US Africa Command said on Thursday, although it saw success against militants in Somalia and Mali. The bulk of such cuts will fall on headquarters
The United Nations Security Council has authorized more than 4,000 new troops for the African Union force battling militants in Somalia. This will bring the force's strength to slightly more than 22,000...Britain sponsored the resolution authorizing
Human Rights Watch asked the Somali authorities should order a new, impartial, and transparent investigation into an alleged gang-rape by African Union (AU) soldiers. The case has been marred by mismanagement, opacity, and the harassment of the
Shabaab, but recently their efforts have "ground to a halt" because it lacked a sufficient number of troops. "[Al-Shabaab] is mobile and is training and recruiting substantial numbers of frustrated, unemployed young men," Eliasson told the council...
Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Council that the war against Al-Shabaab had "ground to a halt" and needed a surge of almost 4,400 more African Union troops and substantial U.N. assistance to break the stalemate and avoid failure.
The African Union (AU) Friday (October 11th) endorsed a move to boost its Somalia force by 35% to step up its fight against al-Shabaab, AFP reported...The decision comes in the wake of last month's deadly al-Shabaab attack on Nairobi's Westgate
The union's Peace and Security Council said 6 235 soldiers and police should be added to the African Union Mission for Somalia peacekeeping force. (AP) The African Union has backed a call to boost by about a third the number of troops in an African