Uganda sends 2,745 troops to Somalia

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From New Vision:

“The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) has commissioned 2,745 new soldiers to Somalia to replace an equal number of fighters who have been recalled from the battlefield after serving for one year.

The first batch of 80 soldiers left Entebbe Airport on Monday morning aboard a Boeing 737 managed by Ocean Airlines Company and landed at the Adan Abdulle International Airport at about 07.30hrs, East African time.

The UPDF deputy spokesman, Major Henry Obbo, said more troops were scheduled to join their colleagues in the war-torn country in an exercise that will take a week or more, depending on the air situation and other factors.

The new group is code-named UGABAG XX and replaces UGABAG XVII.

The soldiers serve on a rotation basis under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) alongside troops from other African states.

Their key role is to secure Somalia from militant group Al-Shabab.”

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