au sending more troops to somalia, defends Sudan’s al-Bashir

The African Union Summit in Uganda resolved to send an additional 2000 troops to Somalia. 5000 Ugandan and Burundian troops are already stationed in Mogadishu to prop up the beleaguered transitional government. The same summit resolution also sought to change the rules of engagement to allow AU troops to preemptively attack suspected terrorist al-Shabab strongholds.

Nice and dandy, except so far we can’t make much of Museveni’s threat to take the fight to the Somali insurgents. There are no details as to where the additional 2000 troops will come from within the region. Ethiopia and Kenya share porous borders with Somalia and have large populations of ethnic Somalis and so are highly unlikely to send troops. Tanzania’s large Muslim population may not take well the idea of their troops in Somalia. My guess is that the additional troops will come from either Uganda, Rwanda and/or Burundi or some country from farther afield.

At the same summit current AU chairman President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi took fault with the ICC’s indictment of the genocidal Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. This is yet another proof of what kind of club the AU is. I may not fully agree with the political wisdom behind the indictment of a sitting president (because sadly, justice is highly political) but the likes of Mr. Mutharika should visit Darfur and UN camps in eastern Chad before defending al-Bashir.

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3 thoughts on “au sending more troops to somalia, defends Sudan’s al-Bashir

  1. Additional troops will (theoretically) come from Guinea and Djibouti, as was also announced at the summit. Also, all the borders in the region are porous, that seems like a poor (no pun intended) reason not to send troops.

  2. I meant contiguous porous borders. Guinea and Djibouti sound like a good compromise, one is all the way out west and one is majority ethnic Somali.

  3. Guinea and Djibouti? The former has pledged to send troops to Somalia so as to fit in well with the AU. The latter has denied reports that it is sending troops to help the embattled Somali government, adding that they may send specialists to train the Somali army.

    But the idea of more troops is simply a continuation of the cycle of violence that has gripped the nation.

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