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AU force in Somali to expand by 4 000

2011-03-27 20:24

Mogadishu - The military chiefs of Uganda and Burundi say that their countries are in the process of deploying 4 000 additional troops to the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

Burundi's Godefroid Niyombare and Uganda's Aronda Nyakairima said in a statement released late on Saturday that each country has committed to give 2 000 additional soldiers and Burundi has already deployed a battalion.

They say that the current force of 8 000 AU peacekeepers supporting Somalia's weak-UN backed government was making progress in reoccupying territories held by the Islamist insurgents and is in control of 60% of the capital, Mogadishu.

Somalia has been mired in violence since 1991 since warlord topple longtime dictator Siad Barre and then turned on each other