Somalia: US suspends Somali military aid amid fears over «fragile stability»

Somalia is afraid of losing its 'fragile stability' claimed Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre after the US and Somalia 'jointly decided to suspend the US aid to parts of Somalia's military', shows footage recorded this week in Mogadishu. Hassan Ali Khayre went on to say that such a decision is going to last «for a few weeks until we improve and fix errors.» The reaction of some Somalis was... Еще bitter as they called the recent move a 'saddening situation' adding that the Somali government is still weak. «I believe that we will lose a great deal of the small, fragile stability we have,» said Somali citizen Abdishakur Ali. Mogadishu and other major cities have recently been shaken by severe terror attacks, such as October's truck bomb attack which killed more than 500 people and a suicide bomb attack which claimed the lives of at least 18 at a police academy last week. The situation may also be worsened with the scheduled withdrawal of the 22,000 personnel from the African Union (AU) by 2020. The AU has been operating in the country to fight al Shabaab Islamist militants. As the head of the AU mission in Somalia Francisco Caetano Madeira admitted in March, that Somalia's army has been unable to take over the duties of the Union. Last week the United States announced the suspension of food and fuel aid to much of Somalia's armed forces over corruption concerns. US and Somali teams sent to assess nine Somali army bases between May and June of this year found that all but two of the bases showed no evidence that food aid had arrived or been consumed by the soldiers. In June the US also halted monthly 100 US dollars (84 euros) stipends to Somali soldiers fearing that the money was not reaching the intended recipients.

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