UN envoy says Somalia needs more peacekeepers

UNITED NATIONS — The international peacekeeping force in Somalia may need to be more than doubled to 20,000 troops in coming months because of the increased insurgent threat, a UN envoy said Thursday
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UN envoy says Somalia needs more peacekeepers

The envoy, Augustine Mahiga, told the UN Security Council that more international action is needed to stop foreign fighters and weapons getting into Somalia to attack the African peacekeepers and government forces.

The AMISOM force in Somalia, which has been defending the government in Mogadishu, has a current authorized limit of 8,000 but is currently about 2,000 short


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