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Vol 51 No 16

Published 6th August 2010


The Afghan effect

African leaders ask why the West prefers to help the Kabul regime but not the even shakier one in Mogadishu

Behind the general condemnation of the 11 July bombings in Kampala, for which Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen (Mujahideen Youth Movement) claimed responsibility, Western governments are wary of African calls for diplomats and soldiers to tackle the worsening chaos in Somalia. The United States has made it clear it is not prepared to support the African Union's call for a 20,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force. US officials have also told President Yoweri Museveni that Washington would not support a major Ugandan assault on Al Shabaab under a bilateral agreement with Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) or offer logistical support for such a move.

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