Security assistance to be given to Somalian army – USA

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The United States said it will partially resume the provision of security assistance to non-mentored units of the Somali National Army (SNA) as part of efforts to enhance capacity of the forces to stabilize the country.

The U.S. Mission to Somalia said in a statement that, the resumption will be implemented on a pilot basis with a unit taking part in critical transition operations in Lower Shabelle in southern Somalia.

The mission said the U.S. assesses that the Somali government and the SNA have undertaken significant efforts to improve accountability over donor resources following internal reforms made by the government and an inspection of the recipient unit.

Washington suspended assistance to non-mentored units of the Somali army in December 2017 amid allegations of misuse of funds and corruption by the Somali military.

Source: GNA