United States to partially restart programs with Somali National Army

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Somali military officers attend a training programme by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at their military base in Mogadishu, Somalia November 1, 2017. Picture taken November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

The United States will partially resume the provision of security assistance to non-mentored units of the Somali National Army (SNA).

This resumption will be implemented on a pilot basis with a unit taking part in critical transition operations in Lower Shabelle.

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On the basis of internal reforms made by the Federal Government of Somalia and an inspection of the recipient unit, the United States assesses that the Federal Government of Somalia and the SNA have undertaken significant efforts to improve accountability over donor resources.

The United States, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, paused assistance to non-mentored units of the Somali National Army in December 2017.  This resumption of assistance demonstrates our confidence that the FGS and SNA will continue to improve accountability and fight corruption.

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