U.S. is the driving force behind the fighting in Somalia

Washington has been quietly equipping and training thousands of African soldiers
to wage a widening proxy war against the Shabab, the Al Qaeda ally that has
sparked alarm as foreign militants join its ranks.

By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times

July 29, 2012

“Officially, the troops are under the auspices of the African Union. But in
truth, according to interviews by U.S. and African officials and senior military
officers and budget documents, the 15,000-strong force pulled from five African
countries is largely a creation of the State
and Pentagon,
trained and supplied by the U.S. government and guided by dozens of retired
foreign military personnel hired through private contractors.”


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