British troops to be deployed in Somalia, South Sudan

  • Prime Minister David Cameron announced the deployment of British troops in Somalia and South Sudan to train African peacekeeping forces in order to have “less terrorism and less migration”, the media reported.

    The prime minister on Sunday said he was offering forces to the UN and African Union (AU) missions to help tackle conflicts that are facilitating the rise of terrorist groups in Somalia and prompting mass migration from South Sudan, where 2 million people have been displaced by the battle between the government and rebels.

    About 70 military personnel will be offered to help in Somalia, where a peacekeeping unit is present to tackle the threat of the Islamist group al-Shabaab. They will not be involved in combat operations but will help train AU forces in areas including logistics, engineering and medical aid. (Source: IANS)