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From Al Jazeera today:
AU warns of Somalia civilian deaths
About 5,000 AU peacekeepers are stationed in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, protecting the weak Transitional Federal Government.
The AU’s report concluded that the peacekeepers have indiscriminately shelled civilian areas, causing large numbers of casualties.
The organisation called for “urgent attention” to the problem of civilian casualties.
The AU’s assessment was conducted between April and June of this year, and first reported on Wednesday by The Associated Press news agency. …
“AU forces have fired mortar shells into densely populated areas without taking precautions to discriminate between civilians and military targets,” the group said. “Such attacks… violate the laws of war.”
Afyare Abdi Elmi, a Somalia expert at Qatar University, said the AU assessment was accurate, and that the shelling was beginning to harm perceptions of the AU force.
“At least in the beginning, the AU was not having problems the Ethiopians had. They were not perceived as an occupying force,” Elmi said.
“But now with indiscriminate shelling … this is beyond the limit. It is hurting their perception.”
The Uganda bombings are a sad reminder of the ways that Washington’s intervention has exacerbated problems in Somalia: here.
Right after Uganda’s horrendous and deadly twin bombings killed 74 people, President Barack Obama spoke with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to express his sadness and to offer condolences for the loss of life. But another key part of the conversation dealt with the Somalia-based militia, the al-Shabab, and AFRICOM: here.