US is the driving force of Somalia fighting
Mogadishu-KNN-The Los Angeles Times in a report published earlier this week said that the US administration is the driving force behind the fighting in Somalia.
The report also adds that the 15,000-strong force pulled from five African countries is largely a creation of the US State Department and Pentagon, trained and supplied by the U.S. government and guided by dozens of retired foreign military personnel hired through private contractors.
The U.S. backing of African troops in Somalia is an example of how, after a decade of ground combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama administration is trying to achieve U.S. military goals with minimal risk of American deaths and scant public debate.
A UN report earlier this month also said that drone operations over Somalia pose danger to air traffic citing a U.N Monitoring group report.
Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti and Sierra Leone currently make up the African Union Mission to Somalia AMISOM who have until recently pushed back the Al-Shabaab fighters from Mogadishu after almost five years of intense fighting.
This is the remains of one of the tanks that was burnt from the US led forces who invaded Somalia in 1993 to counter warlords who were restricting the delivery of food aid to the hungry Somalis during the great Somalia famine of 1991 and 1993.
However analyst’s view that Somalis cannot deter any foreign occupation since it has no allies to standby it.
The report also touched on the 2006, Washington backed Ethiopia's invasion of Somalia which aimed to drive out the then powerful Union of Islamic Courts that was controlling the capital Mogadishu that saw the Ethiopian troops retreat after facing much resistance from the Somali people.