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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Arming Somalia

Arming Somalia | Foreign Policy: "All told, a State Department official admitted at a June 26 news briefing that it shipped 'in the neighborhood of 40 tons worth of arms and munitions' to Somalia. 'We have also asked the two units that are there, particularly the Ugandans, to provide weapons to the TFG, and we have backfilled the Ugandans for what they have provided to the TFG government,' the official told journalists. The cost was 'under $10 million.' A different State Department official working on Somalia counterterrorism policy told Foreign Policy that of the total amount, the bulk was spent on ammunition, while the air freight bill was $900,000 and $1.25 million was 'cash in a brown paper bag.'"

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