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Kenya, Uganda, Somalia alliance historic

2011-11-16 17:20

Nairobi - The presidents of Kenya, Uganda and Somalia say the dual-fronted fight against Islamist al-Shabaab militants presents a "historic opportunity" to restore stability in Somalia.

Kenya sent hundreds of troops into Somalia last month to hunt down al-Shabaab militants, whom it blames for a string of kidnappings in Kenya. Uganda has thousands of troops stationed in Mogadishu as part of an African Union force.

Following a meeting in Nairobi on Wednesday, the three presidents said there needs to be enhanced co-operation between Somali, Kenyan and African Union forces in the fight against al-Shabaab.

Somalia has been in chaos for two decades following the 1991 ouster of longtime dictator Siad Barre.