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African Union Needs Troop Surge in Somalia: AMISOM Chief

AMISOM Chief Francisco Caetano Madeira is seeking a surge in troops
The head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Francisco Caetano Madeira is seeking a surge in troops to help the country’s security forces control areas won back from the extremist group al-Shabab.

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

The head of the African Union mission in Somalia is seeking a surge in troops to help the country’s military control areas won back from extremist group al-Shabab, saying the Somali National Army has been unable to take charge as expected.

Francisco Caetano Madeira’s request for an unspecified number of extra AU troops comes amid widespread concern that Somalia’s military won’t be ready to take over the country’s security as the 22,000-strong AU force prepares to withdraw by the end of 2020. Continue reading African Union Needs Troop Surge in Somalia: AMISOM Chief