The Ugandan-Burundian force that makes up the AMISOM peacekeepers in Somalia is about to get reinforcements. This comes after the tragic bombings in Kampala that killed over 70 in an ettempt to force out Ugandan peacekeepers from that country. Instead, it appears that the African Union is instead bolstering its forces in Somalia as both Mali and Guinea are pledging troops and Uganda is pledging reinforcements. All of these moves will likely increase the forces there from 5,000 to over 10,000.
“There will be a rapid surge to reach the maximum size and the current threats will not prevent this deployment,” he said.
Hopefully more forces are able to be deployed. A UN force of upwards of 20,000 would go farther in an attempt to restore peace. In 2007 other nations pledged to send troops to Somalia, but only Burundi and Uganda actually sent them.