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UK to deploy troops to South Sudan, Somalia

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:28 GMT, May 3, 2016 |
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Following a pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron, a team of UK Army soldiers has arrived in Somalia as part of Britain’s plans to deploy hundreds of troops in several African countries.

The advance party of 10 soldiers will reportedly support African Union peacekeeping efforts against the al-Shabab militant group in the Horn of Africa state.

Announcing the arrival of the team in Somalia, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon described the deployment as “another demonstration of the flexibility and global reach of our armed forces.”

The group will later be joined by some 60 more soldiers tasked with medical, logistical and engineering duties.

The African country has been the scene of clashes between government forces and al-Shabab militants since 2006.