Saturday, 20 March 2010

Doubts grow on Somali offensive's chances at peace

Associated Press Writers= NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Problems including corrupt officials and a lack of supplies have delayed Somalia's military offensive against Islamic insurgents, but even before the first shot has been fired new warnings have emerged that blood may be spilled for little or no gain.

In signs the offensive is approaching, close to 1,000 additional troops arrived from Uganda last week to support the African Union's forces in Mogadishu, and the Islamists have been digging trenches across the capital's streets to impede AU armored cars. The AU backs the beleaguered Somali government and has more than 5,000 troops stationed in the country. Read the story

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