Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed that British troops have deployed to Somalia in support of the UN peacekeeping mission there. The UN are supporting the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) that aims to stabilise the war-torn country and oppose the extremist group Al-Shabaab operating there.
According to the UK government’s press release;
UK military personnel, drawn from Force Troop Command, 1 Div and Field Army training will provide medical, logistical and engineering support as part of a wider UK commitment. Following the arrival of these initial troops, up to 70 UK personnel will deploy to Somalia this year.
Michael Fallon has said;
Alongside our efforts in Iraq, Syria and Nigeria, it shows our determination to tackle terrorism wherever it rears its head.