AU calls for more troops in Somalia
Addis Ababa (Harar24) – The African Union on Friday decided to increase its presence of troops in Somalia by an extra 6,235 troops, which will bring the total number of AU troops in Somalia to a bolstering number of 23,966.
Al-Shabaab which carried out the Westgate mall attack has had the African Union and the rest of the world deeply concerned. The attack outlines the reach of Al-Shabaab and the African Union fears that other countries who are part of the AMISOM may also be targeted.
The AMISOM consists of troops from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti & Sierra Leone.
The decision comes a week after reviewing the AMISOM forces, and finally a decision was reached on Friday. The decision however, needs the approval of the United Nations, which also funds the AMISOM.
The AMISOM forces have been fighting alongside the fragile Somali government against the Al-Shabaab since 2007. The AMISOM forces managed to push out Al-Shabaab out of some major cities such as the capital Mogadishu and Kismayo. Despite this Al-Shabaab still remains defiant and continues to have strongholds in large parts of Somalia.