British Forces News Confrim British Soldiers Are Now On The Ground in Somalia (Inc. Video)
26 July 2012
All Images by Simon Maina, a Somalia-based photographer for Agence France-Presse and Getty Images
The first images of British soldiers working on the ground in Somalia have emerged, raising concerns that their presence could inflame Islamist tensions.
The Times newspaper says two British soldiers in uniform were seen about 20 miles outside their main base in Mogadishu, in an area which was a former al-Shabaab stronghold as recently as May.
One of them appears to be a medic from the Parachute Regiment, and according to the report they were seen patrolling along the edge of a refugee camp, chatting to children and shaking hands.
For a number of years now British troops have been providing training to AMISOM soldiers who then go on to operate in Somalia.
That has been a way of assisting in the fight against militant groups like Al Shabaab in North Africa but without inflaming Islamist tensions by putting British boots on the ground.
The MoD has issued a statement:
“Admitting that a small military support team has deployed to Mogadishu to support AMISOM for six months, which might be extended. They say it complements cross-governmental efforts in support of the British Government’s strategy on Somalia.”
Back in May, DFiD committed 69 million pounds a year until 2015 to fund aid projects in Somalia, to help stabilise the country, so this deployment could be in support of that.
In the video, the British Forces News reporter makes a clear admission of a western proxy war inside the african continent
Patrolling With Child Soldiers?
Above, Soldier communicates with Child Soldier. Please note that the British Soldiers there are allegedly there to advise and train. Will they advise and train the child soldiers?
Above, The same child soldier stands guard with his Trans Federal Government allies in the background.
The Somali Trans Federal Government, Allied Clans/Tribes and AMISOM Forces struggle to acheive much due to the massive levels of internal and possible external corruption. Imagine an Afghanistan but 10x worse.
Here's why (and this is just militarily, no politics):
TFG Using Child Soldiers (as evidenced above)
TFG & AMISOM Soldiers Using Conscripted & Coerced Soldiers
TFG & AMISOM Soldiers Have Abandoned Posts When Battle Starts Due To Their Coerced Presence
TFG Soldiers Not Being Paid or Sent Equipment Leading To Defections
Tribal and Clan Defections After Seeing Infrastructure Projects Conducted By Al Shabaab (Agriculture, Irrigation etc)
Barbaric Behaviour of AMISOM Troops On Deployment
Lack of Motivation For AMISOM Soldiers
Easier and Safer For TFG To Make Money By Selling Their Equipment To Al Shabaab
British Citizens are currently bearing the pressure of the reccession whilst their government are too busy starting new wars and making themselves an even bigger target for international terrorism.
British Military Operations in Somalia Aren't Something New in October, 2011 British commandos made a dramatic amphibious landing on Somalia’s war-torn shores to seize a tribal leader.
Besides this, rumours of many Special Forces operations in Somalia have been spread by Tabloid News Papers such as The Sun and The Daily Star.
This is another recent article of mine also about events in Somalia
AMISOM = Ehtiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Djibouti + Somalia.
In: Other Middle East
Tags: Somalia, British, Soldiers, Military, UK, World, Police, Special, Forces, Drone Strikes, Corruption, Child, Soldiers, Shabaab, Imarat, Islamiyya, Soomaliya, AMISOM, Ehtiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Sierra, Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Djibouti
Location: Somalia (load item map)
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