UN Security Council Approves 4,400 More Troops For Amisom

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The African Union—AU has welcomed a United Nations Security Council decision to increase troop deployment to the African Union Mission in Somalia--Amisom.

The African Union—AU has welcomed a United Nations Security Council decision to increase troop deployment to the African Union Mission in Somalia--Amisom.
 
The move announced by the Security Council on Monday will see an increment of 4,400 troops to the mission and also extend the mission’s mandate to October 31, 2014. It also comes after the AU requested for troop increment in a 10th October memo to the Security Council.
 
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, in a press statement says the move will boost efforts to stamp out Al-shabab militants from Somalia. The increased deployment is also expected to fill up the new areas that have been taken over by the Amisom forces fighting alongside the Somali national army.
 
Ugandan military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda had earlier on said that Uganda is willing to contribute more troops to Amisom, but the decision will have to come from the military’s high command.
 
There are currently 17,731 Amisom soldiers in Somalia with Uganda contributing the bulk of the forces. Other contributing countries are Kenya, Burundi, Djibouti and Sierra Leone.
 
Among other things in the resolution are 12 military helicopters from the UN and armoured troop carriers; the rest of the artillery will be sourced from the contributing countries.
 
The Amisom commander Brigadier Dick Olum has hinted on many occasions that the force needs a boost to conduct what they regard as the last offensive against the al-shabaab militants.