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Holder vows to back peacekeepers in Somalia
KAMPALA, Uganda | A top U.S. official on Sunday pledged continued support for African peacekeeping efforts in war-torn Somalia, as Uganda’s president urged African leaders to unite against terrorism just weeks after Somali militants set off deadly twin bombings in Uganda.
“Let us work in concert to sweep [terrorists] out of Africa,” he said.
The July 11 bombings in Kampala were claimed by an al Qaeda-linked militant group in Somalia. The group, al-Shabab, said the attacks were in retaliation for civilian deaths caused by AU peacekeepers in Somalia. Al-Shabab also has called on Somalis to fight AU peacekeepers.
“The United States applauds the heroic contributions that are being made on a daily basis by Uganda and Burundian troops,” Mr. Holder said. “We pledge to maintain our support for the AU and the AU Mission in Somalia.”
“Make no mistake, these attacks were nothing more than reprehensible acts of cowardice inspired by a radical and corrupt ideology,” Mr. Holder said.
Mr. Museveni also told leaders his government had arrested suspected organizers of the bombings and that interrogations were yielding “good information.”
The bombings were al-Shabab’s first attack outside Somalia, where last year they claimed responsibility for a suicide-bomb attack, among others, on a base of AU troops protecting the weak U.N.-backed Somali government.
Both men spoke at a summit that planned to focus on health issues, peace and security, infrastructure, energy and food security. But the twin bombings two weeks ago and the conflict in Somalia are likely to dominate many discussions at the three-day summit.
Somalia has not had a functioning government for 20 years. The current administration holds a few blocks of the capital and has been hampered by squabbling and corruption.
The president recently reshuffled the Cabinet, but many of the same officials remain and it is unclear how the new administration intends to provide services or security.
The U.S. and the European Union have spent millions of dollars to train 2,000 Somali government soldiers at bases in Uganda, but the program’s success was questioned after a group of Somali soldiers trained in Djibouti deserted because they were not paid.
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