UPDF Reiterates Commitment to Stay Put In Somalia

Uganda-TroopsOSINT SUMMARY, May 9, 2016

UPDF has changed tune of the troops exit in the war torn Somalia saying it’s part of AMISOM committed to fighting Al-Shabaab terrorists to the end.

International and media in Somalia last week had widely reported UPDF plans to withdrawal from Somalia.

Through Uganda Peoples Defence Forces, (UPDF) spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda the army has come out strongly to deny the claims saying it’s still in AMISOM and it is reviewing its operations in Somalia.

UPDF was first deployed in Somalia in 2007 under the AU peacekeeping mission and has the about 6,000 soldiers in Somalia. Lately the troop has been candidly saying it has not been paid its allowances by the European Union but that notwithstanding the army has refuted withdrawals claims and reiterated to stay put in Somalia to battle the Islamist Al-Shabaab.

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