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UK starts deploying troops to South Sudan, Somalia


May 3, 2016 (JUBA/MOGADISHU) – A team of the British army soldiers has arrived in Somalia as part of the UK’s plans to deploy hundreds of troops in several African countries, following a pledge by Prime Minister, David Cameron.

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An advance party of 10 soldiers will support the African Union peacekeeping efforts against the al-Shabab militant group in Somalia, Presstv reported.

The UK Defense Secretary, Michael Fallon said the deployment of the troops was “another demonstration of the flexibility and global reach of our armed forces.”

The group is expected to be joined by additional 60 soldiers who will handle medical, logistical and engineering duties.

The AU mission has deployed about 22,000 peacekeepers from Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia to help Somali government forces stabilise the country.

Meanwhile, the UK is planning to send around 300 troops to South Sudan, where thousands of people have been killed as a result of a bloody civil war since December 2013.

The British forces in the young nation will reportedly carry out engineering work to strengthen the country’s infrastructure.

A plan to deploy troops was announced by the British prime minister at a United Nations event in September last year.


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  • 4 May 2016 08:16, by dinkdong

    Old colonial masters are backtracking.

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    • 4 May 2016 09:33, by Eastern

      .....I would rather the old colonial masters are backstopping; you folks have failed miserably to lead. You need to be led!

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      • 4 May 2016 15:50, by Hardlinner

        Easter, why do you even bother yourself. you are not south sudanese enough. no matter how much you hate the government, the last thing you would ever wish for is allowing foreign troops without any objectives to enter your country. we don’t need any british troops in south sudan. if they want to help, let them send civilians engineers. south sudan is safe for foreigners at least.

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      • 5 May 2016 01:27, by Mr Point

        Independent South Sudan under President for life Kiir has been such a success story to inspire the world!

        Why are the British and UNMISS in South Sudan? Is there some reason that civilians need protection from the government?

        Apart from corruption, massacre, arrest and torture, are there any services the government has not given to the citizens?

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    • 4 May 2016 15:54, by Hardlinner

      south Sudan has already had UN forces. so what does british soldiers want in south sudan. if the want to help, they should go darfur, nuba mountains or Syria.

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      • 4 May 2016 17:36, by Eastern

        ....Hardliner, the more South Suadnese, tell the British and your very recent colonialist, the Sudanese off if you can! South Sudan a country being dragged through the mud by ignorant villagers with a few guns in their hands. What’s left in the name of a country? Begging the international community and trying to assert your independence and legitimacy; are you sane?

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  • 4 May 2016 16:53, by Kerem

    We are finished. Kiir and Riek have given away our Country in a silver plate to thugs. It will be regretted by many generations to come

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  • 4 May 2016 18:26, by marie

    This country is failed state that needs a saviour. None of us has seen the atrocities being committed by the government against its own people during the time of united Sudan. Yes, there arrests but not compared to now. There was curfew, but now you defecate in your room. Arabs have never tortured a figure head such as former governor Bakasoro. We have backtracked 100 years.

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  • 5 May 2016 04:51, by Eyez

    The British Army deployment and the Ethiopian Army entry into our nation should not be a surprise, because, where on earth have you found a government that only cared about power, getting wealthy, and also turns its guns on its own people.

    We better support the TGoNU or soon we will be under UN Trusteeship, because, the world does not want to see another war if the the peace fails.


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  • 5 May 2016 05:08, by Eyez

    The British Army deployment and the Ethiopian Army entry into S.Sudan is not a coincidence, this and the fact that there are thousands of Blue Helmets on the ground, proves that, the world is tired of wars and does not to see South Sudan erupt into a war if the peace fails.

    TheTGoNU is our last chance or S.Sudan is under UN Trusteeship, the JMEC is equipped to run the nation under Its leadership.

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  • 5 May 2016 08:46, by Maper

    Only 70 troops in Somalia where their combat skills might be required and 300 troops in South Sudan where no combat is required. What a discrepancy!

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    • 5 May 2016 10:04, by Deng II

      What good things they can provide, they didn’t provides when they were in south sudan? Since when did British like Africans People of South Sudan? And who need them? Nuer?

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