US and Ethiopia train AU soldiers to fight al-Shabaab in Somalia (

Military personnel from the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) gathered Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for training aimed at countering the threat from the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.

The Justified Accord Exercise 2017 – the first such training held in Ethiopia – was organized jointly by the US and Ethiopian armed forces, US military sources said.

AMISOM members from Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, as well as Somali soldiers, were attending the training facilitated by the US, the Netherlands, Britain, the AU and the UN.

"Almost 100 participants from a total of eight nations have assembled here to establish and maintain peace ... in the East Africa region," said Brigadier Jon A Jensen, deputy commander of the US Army in Africa. [...] MORE