US clears way to arm Somali forces

2013-04-09 08:05

Washington - President Barack Obama is clearing the way for the United States to provide arms to Somalia's government. It is part of a normalisation of relations between the US and Somalia.

Obama said in a memo on Monday that he is determined that providing defence equipment and services to Somalia will strengthen US security and promote peace.

The move does not provide new assistance to Somalia right away. But it lets Secretary of State John Kerry consider taking those steps in the future.

Somalia is trying to establish its first functional government after two decades of chaos since 1991. That is when warlords overthrew long serving dictator Siad Barre and then turned on one another.

  • Dane Herbst - 2013-04-09 09:40

    war.....nothing more then a money making racket for america, makes me sick

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-04-09 11:07

      It's the only industry they haven't farmed out!

  • Fidel Chavista - 2013-04-09 11:08

    How about trying to and, convince the other side to disarm instead!

  • AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-04-09 11:20

    What's the govt going to defend itself and its people with ? Strong worded letters? When Al-Shaabab is dragging the bodies of AU troops down the streets of Mogadishu , I'm sure they going to disarm and build a peaceful society because you asked them nicely.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-04-09 11:33

      How long has the Somalian civil war been going on. Has it occurred to you that more weapons have had no effect on the conflict but instead have exacerbated the conflict and human suffering. What your narrow mind cannot envision is that without dialogue and diplomacy this war will ravage on for a long time and cause a further untold amount of pain and suffering. But as always for the US its violence first and diplomacy when all else fails.

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-04-09 12:22

      Really is it the Americans supplying arms to Al-Shabaab and the other warlords ? Do the peace keepers walk around with hello kitty back packs . What you seem to think is that dialogue and diplomacy isn't part of the equation. The numerous coup'detat's on the Continent testifies to (CAR? ) is that fact that without a military defence the state is subject to forceful change from those that are not willing to 'negotiate' which completely undermines the prospect of successful diplomacy and dialog .What your assumption is , is that these groups have the same objectives as you have .

  • Ahava Shapiro - 2013-04-17 13:45

    The US is seeking favor in Africa and ultimately aims to establish their military bases in as many African countries as they can...

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