29th January 2005
UK sees a security threat from Somalia and cites that it has a number of British nationals going to Somalia with the intent of training the various militia groups there. The Foreign Office has apparently flagged this as a pressing issue and sees Somalia as somewhere the 'world' may need to take action on with regards to terrorism and piracy.
To that end the UK is hosting a conference to be attended by various nations to quote "at delivering a new international approach to Somalia" in light of these threats.
Britain to target Somalia terror training at conference (AFP) – 2 days ago
LONDON — Britain pledged Thursday to use a London conference on Somalia next year to come up with new measures to combat terror training in the war-torn country.
International development minister Andrew Mitchell told BBC radio that the large number of British nationals attending Somali training camps were a security risk which needed to be addressed urgently.
"It's right that we should deepen our involvement because Somalia is a very direct threat to the security of the United Kingdom," he said.
"There are probably more British passport holders engaged in terrorist training in Somalia than in any other country in the world."
He insisted however that Britain had "no intention of putting boots on the ground". He stressed that London was already supporting the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Other issues on the agenda at the February 23 gathering would be a recent famine, piracy and drug-running.
Representatives at the conference, announced last month by Prime Minister David Cameron, will come from countries including Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and the United States, a British government source said.
A final list of attendees is yet to be announced.
The Foreign Office added that "urgent action" was needed on Somalia. "Somalia poses significant threats to international security, as a base for terrorists and pirates who threaten the security and prosperity of people around the world," the ministry said in a statement.
The conference was aimed "at delivering a new international approach to Somalia," it said.
"It will form the basis for coordinated and sustained international leadership on Somalia, bringing together international partners."
The Horn of Africa country has been ravaged by a nearly uninterrupted civil war since the 1991 overthrow of president Mohamed Siad Barre sparked vicious bloodletting by rival militias fighting for power.
Al-Qaeda linked Shebab rebels control large parts of southern Somalia. A recent surge in fighting between the insurgents and government forces backed by African Union troops and Kenyan soldiers has forced thousands to flee.
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17th July 2003
Well I guess this goes hand in hand with reports that US SOCOM has boots on the ground in Africa hunting members of the Lords Resistance Army.
29th January 2005
Anlushac11;5596094Well I guess this goes hand in hand with reports that US SOCOM has boots on the ground in Africa hunting members of the Lords Resistance Army.
Yeah, it does, shows some renewed interest, or at least elevated, on the part of certain powers in the nitty gritty of African domestic affairs. Especially now with some of the escalation on part of Kenya against certain militia groups going over the border and by extension the African Union's collective action. Though so far as far as I know LRA hasn't gone into operations in the Horn of Africa, still mostly in areas within striking distance of Uganda. It is interesting though that the African Union only a few weeks ago finally considered LRA a terrorist group. Though admittedly LRA isn't as strong as it used to be, but like all these actions there is other motivations pushing behind them.
Admittedly though it would be quite spectacular fireworks and violence if a nutty Christian-based group like LRA ran into a nutty Islamic one like Al Shabab.