BRITAIN TO DEPLOY 370 TROOPS TO SOMALIA AND SOUTH SUDAN


28 Sep 2015 | by
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BRITAIN TO DEPLOY 370 TROOPS TO SOMALIA AND SOUTH SUDAN

Britain intends to announce sending seventy military personnel to Somalia to help the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with engineering, Medical and logistical support against Al Shabaab................

Britain intends to announce sending seventy military personnel to Somalia to help the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with engineering, Medical and logistical support against Al Shabaab.

The country is also expected to announce the deployment of 300 specialised troops to South Sudan to assist in engineering and other logistical challenges.  

This will be part of a total of up to 370 peacekeepers which Britain intends deploy to the African Union and United Nations efforts in Somalia and South Sudan.

The announcement for the deployment is expected to be made by British Prime Minister David Cameron at a United Nation peacekeeping conference in New York which will be hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the U.S President Barack Obama where over 50 heads of state attending are expected to pledge additional troops to join the 125,00 peacekeepers operating around the world.

"We think Britain has a particular role in training and logistics and expertise and standards, so we want to step up what we are doing," Cameron said.  "What happens in Somalia, if it's a good outcome, it's good for Britain.  It means less terrorism, less migration, less piracy.  same to South Sudan."

The 370 troops will work with the 22,000-member African Union Mission in Somalia, which has battled the al-Qaida-linked Al-Shabab group alongside Somali troops.  Together in recent years they have reversed the militants' momentum and reclaimed Somalia's major cities, including Mogadishu.  

In South Sudan, Britain will support the more than 13,000 personnel working to protect civilians and help foster a regional effort to end the conflict that erupted in 2013 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar

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