Published On: Sat, Nov 5th, 2016

UN accuses Govt of failing to pay soldiers’ salaries,

A UN report criticized the Somali government for failing to pay soldiers’ salaries, which led to withdrawals from areas in the south and center of the country that allowed Shabaab forces to return.

It cited continued corruption and a likely misappropriation of funds and supplies intended for soldiers, some of which came from outside countries.

Attacks on AMISOM have continued, the report said, including a deadly twin truck bombing of a Kenyan military compound in January that left some 150 soldiers.

Allied to Al-Qaeda since 2012, the Shabaab controlled Mogadishu for several years until it was pushed out in 2011. But the extremist group continues to fight to overthrow the Western-backed government.

Source: AFP

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