Uganda Says Needs US Help To Send Troops To Somalia

Uganda asks U.S. for help in funding troops to send to Somali.

Uganda government says 10,000 troops are ready to be sent to Somalia if the U.S. funds them.

Uganda’s army spokesman Col. Felix Kulayigye said Wednesday that the forces were trained and ready to go, but that the government lacks financial support.

Uganda and Burundi are the only African countries contributing troops for the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia to help the government that battling with islamist militias.

Al-Qaeda linked group Al-Shabaab in Somalia attacked Uganda’s capital Kampala in July killing 76 people.

The group said it was avenging the killing of civilians by the African Union peacekeepers.

The spokeswoman of U.S. Embassy in Uganda Joann Lockard said her country has already provided support to equip an additional 1,000 Ugandan troops.

The U.S. has promised over $185 million to support African Union troops in Somalia, according to the spokeswoman.

On Wednesday the European Commission said it was contributing nearly $60 million to assist AMISOM’s peacekeeping force in the war-torn country. The fund was planned to prevent the security situation from deteriorating.

Last week, the Al-Shabaab spokesman declared a “massive war” on what he labeled “invaders,” an apparent reference to the African Union forces that protect the weak Somali government.

More than 150 people have been killed over the last 10 days during the latest escalation of violence in Mogadishu, according medics.

More than 6,300 African Union peacekeepers are deployed in Mogadishu but can do little more than guard the airport and presidential palace.

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