- Aug 20, 2008
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Two more countries will send troops to join a peacekeeping force protecting the embattled Somali government against al-Qaida-linked Islamist insurgents, the head of the African Union said Friday.
Djibouti and Guinea will both send troops to the Somali capital of Mogadishu, said AU commission president Jean Ping. The peacekeeping mission is authorized to send up to 8,000 soldiers, but Ping said the number may eventually rise to more than 10,000. The AU currently has about 6,000 troops from Uganda and Burundi in Somalia.
The new deployment announcement comes during a meeting of African Union leaders in Uganda, which suffered twin bombings July 11 during the World Cup final that killed 76 people. Al-Shabab, Somalia's most feared militant group, claimed responsibility for the attacks and said they were in retaliation for civilian deaths caused by AU troops.
The Associated Press: AU head: More troops ready to be sent to Somalia
Worst decision ever.
Somalis in the South will unite against foreign troops even if they have to fight along side Al Shabab.