Uganda confirmed that it will will be sending 2,275 additional UPDF troops to battle Al-Shabaab in Somalia under AMISOM banner.
Uganda’ Chief of Defense Forces General Karumba Wamala downplayed reports that UPDF was planning to withdraw its troops following delays in payment of their allowances.
Uganda was the first to deploy troops under AMISOM into Somalia in March 2007, to help the weak western-backed Somali government in the fight against Al-Shabaab and also has the biggest number of troops manning Sector 1.
Other AMISOM troops contributing countries include Kenya, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia.
U.S. also has a small unit helping in war advisory and strategy against the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab.