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Djibouti to Send More Troops to Somalia

FILE - Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh.
FILE - Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh.
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Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh says his country will send more troops to violence-ridden Somalia within the next three weeks.

Guelleh told VOA's Somali service his country will deploy one more battalion to boost its troop presence in central Somalia. He said operations will soon begin to liberate the town of Bulobarde in central Somalia, where the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab has carried out many attacks.

"We want to add one more battalion to our troops in Somalia, and that deployment will happen within the next three weeks"

Djibouti is one of the countries that contributes troops to the African Union-led peacekeeping force in Somalia, which has endured more than two decades of chaos and conflict.

Bulobarde is about 200 kilometers north of the capital, Mogadishu, where al-Shabab militants periodically carry out bombings.

The militant group once controlled most of the Somali capital, but it was driven out of Mogadishu and other major Somali cities by the African Union-led peacekeeping force.

Al-Shabab is still considered a threat. In September, the group claimed responsibility for an assault on a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, that killed more than 60 people.

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by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
December 29, 2013 4:03 AM
Dear Mr. President Omar Gelle, we cannot express into simple words how we are appreciative and grateful for your continued support to Somalia. Thank you for your total sincerity effort to maintain the unity of Somali Republic.

Djibouti is the only neighbouring country who persistently and resolutely denied recognising semi regional republics sprang from 22 year old chaotic civil war, while other neighbouring countries had irresponsibly encouraged and had numerous back-alley dealings with them. But one has to know that the world is taking careful notes about what’s happening now around us.

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