Uganda deploys combat aircraft to support peacekeeping operations in Somalia

The Ugandan military on Tuesday announced that it will deploy combat aircraft to support the peacekeeping in Somalia.

The spokesman of Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), Richard Karemire said the aircraft will support to African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) ground troops in the Horn of the African country.

The East African country was the first to deploy troops under AMISOM into Somalia in March 2007.

Ugandan soldiers form a large part of the 22,000-strong African Union (AU) peacekeeping force that defends Somalia’s weak Western-backed government against the Islamist insurgents.

The Ugandan soldiers under Amisom carried out offensives and drove out Alshabab out of Mogadishu and other Somali cities between 2011 and 2014. Somali government forces were involved in the operations, but mostly in minor and peripheral roles.