UK to deploy specialist troops to help fight Al-Shabaab
The UK government is expected to send 250 soldiers to Somalia in the coming 12 months to help tackle the threat of the Al-Shabaab militants. The move just months after the creation of the Special Operation Brigade was announced by former SAS commander General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, who currently heads the British Army. “Within the next 12 months I want to stand up the first Ranger battalion in order to act as the vanguard for Army’s Special Operations Brigades“ he said. “I want to see it deployed potentially in east Africa in support of our regional East African partners. The UK is also supporting Somalia to strengthen its security institutions and governance and transferred in March 2020 a military barracks that can house up to 450 Somali troops, and acts as the military headquarters for the 8th Brigade in South West State. The British army has more than 50 personnel based in Somalia and recently trained 500 Somali soldiers in basic infantry skills.