Another small unit of British SAS arrived in Somalia Monday 2nd May 2016 ready to take part in the United Nations mission to counter the Al Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab terrorist group.
According to report by BBC, the advance party aimed at supporting the African Union peacekeepers efforts in pacifying the remaining Al-Shabaab strongholds in Somalia.
The number of British Special forces in Somalia stand at around 70 with as many as 300 soldiers also deployed in South Sudan.
In September 2015, UK Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to double British troops in peacekeeping missions in Africa especially in Somalia and South Sudan.
In September, UK Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to double the numbers of UK troops in peacekeeping missions.
Somalia has been faced by militancy challenge since the country plunged into civil war in the early 1990s.
The state institutions including the national army collapsed providing a breeding platform for warlords, pirates and Al Qaeda affiliated insurgents.
African Union has deployed troops from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Djibouti to combat the militants and restore peace and stability in Somalia.
Now international military forces including U.S. and British forces are joining the war in Somalia.