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US Suspends Aid to Somalia’s Battered Military Over Corruption

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

BY KATHARINE HOURED | REUTERS

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