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Uganda Could Send 10,000 Troops to Somalia


Uganda Could Send 10,000 Troops to Somalia

Uganda Could Send 10,000 Troops to Somalia

A Ugandan newspaper report says the country is ready to send thousands of additional troops to Somalia if the United States provides the funding

A Ugandan newspaper report says the country is ready to send thousands of additional troops to Somalia if the United States provides the funding.

The Daily Monitor on Tuesday quoted chief of defense forces, General Aronda Nyakairima, as saying Uganda could call up to 10,000 reservists for duty. He said a final decision hinges on talks with U.S. President Barack Obama's administration.

The report quoted the U.S. embassy's public affairs officer as saying no specific commitments have been made yet.

Uganda already has more than 4,000 troops in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. The troops make up the bulk of the African Union's peacekeeping force, which is helping the Somali government battle Islamist militants.

A mortar attack in Mogadishu killed four Ugandan troops on Monday.

In July, Somali insurgent group al-Shabab carried out twin bombings in Uganda's capital, Kampala, that killed 76 people.

The group said the attack was retaliation for the deaths of Somali civilians at the hands of the AU peacekeeping force.

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