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Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Richard Onyonko said Wednesday at a forum on Somalia that Uganda has lost more than 2,700 troops since 2007.

Mr. Onyonko said about three dozen Kenyan forces have died there in the past year.

Neither the African Union nor Uganda has ever confirmed its casualty figures, and several officials who work on Somalia said Mr. Onyonko’s figure sounded high.

Two officials told The Associated Press last month that about 500 Ugandan and Burundian troops have died in Somalia since 2007.

A Ugandan spokesman did not answer calls for comment.


Government seeks weapons as peace expands

NAIROBI, Kenya — Should Somalia’s fledgling government be allowed to import weapons to arm its nascent military?

With areas under government control increasing and the threat from al-Shabab militants decreasing, that’s the question being put to the U.N. Security Council.

The African Union this week appealed to the council to allow arms and military equipment into the country to equip the military.

It is a request being made even as the international community begins to look at how long it will be before Somali troops can provide security on their own, allowing the departure of African Union troops who have been in Somalia since 2007.


Family: Military killed 8 Tuareg herders

BAMAKO — A relative says eight men killed by the Malian military raised animals for a living and were not criminals as the government alleges.

Mohamed Amzad, a relative of some of the victims, told The Associated Press that he believes the deaths stemmed from a rivalry.

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