Two AMISOM troops contributing countries, Ethiopia and Kenya, are in a tussle for influence over Jubaland’s next president. Kenya backs incumbent; Ethiopia backs opponents.
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Kismayo airport in southern Somalia refused to allow an Ethiopian plane to land on Monday, a witness said, amid heightened tensions between the federal government and the regional leadership ahead of elections on Thursday. Continue reading Kenya, Ethiopia Proxy War Over Jubaland Election, Refuses Ethiopian Plane to Land
The military campaign is in response to an ambush on Ethiopian troops and last week’s Nairobi hotel attack
Ethiopia’s military to unleash a massive military offensive against AL-Shabaab terror groups in Somalia a day after dozens of its troops reportedly killed in an ambush.
The Ethiopian National Defense Force on Saturday confirmed an ambush by al-Shabab extremists on an Ethiopian peacekeeping convoy in neighboring Somalia and said Ethiopian forces are preparing a “massive offensive” in response. Continue reading Ethiopia Ready to Launch ‘Massive Offensive’ Against Al-Shabab
Donor fatigue. Somalia High-Level Conference in Brussels
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Somalia should accelerate reforms of its army, its main foreign backers said on Wednesday after discussing slow progress in transforming the graft-ridden force into one capable of fighting al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants. Continue reading Somalia Must Speed Overhauling its Fragile Army, say Donors
BY “It has now implied that we cannot defend what we already have and neither can we effectively offend the enemy [Al-Shabaab] to degrade its capacity…. We’re stuck in Somalia” – Uganda Army Chief RISDEL KSASIRA | THE MONITOR
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, has said Ugandan soldiers deployed in Somalia to fight the al-Shabaab are stranded due to underfunding, logistical deficits and a challenged Somali national force. Continue reading Ugandan Forces Stuck in Somalia, Says Army Chief
The leaders have described as ‘unrealistic’ any attempts to withdraw their troops under AMISOM by 2020 despite a resolution by the UN Security Council.
The role of these five East African countries in Somalia has been more of self-serving. If not, they have been “fighting” al-Shabaab for over 12 years, why haven’t they won?
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The five East African nations contributing troops to the AMISOM peacekeeping mission in Somalia have called on the U.N. Security Council to keep troops slated for removal by 2020.
The withdrawal of the more than 20,000 AMISOM peacekeepers from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, and Djibouti is slated to begin this year.
Continue reading Somalia Troops Contributing Countries Call on UN to Reverse Troop Withdraw Resolution
The suspension came after the Somali military repeatedly failed to account for food and fuel
“During recent discussions between the United States and the Federal Government of Somalia, both sides agreed that the Somali National Army had failed to meet the standards for accountability for U.S. assistance.” – State Department official
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The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the military as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month.
African Union (AU) troops landed in Mogadishu a decade ago to fight al Shabaab Islamist militants and Somali forces are supposed to eventually take over their duties. But the United States, which also funds the 22,000-strong peacekeeping force, has grown frustrated that successive governments have failed to build a viable national army.
Continue reading US Suspends Aid to Somalia’s Battered Military Over Corruption