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British troops train Ugandan squadrons preparing to fight for al-Shabab in Somalia

British forces have trained their Ugandan counterparts to help them prepare for a difficult peace mission in which they will fight the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab group.

Uganda is the largest contributor to the African Union mission in Somalia (Amisom) – with 5,000 troops forming part of the 20,000-strong forces.

Founded in 2007, the group has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle extremists who want to overthrow the West-backed government.

British forces have trained their Ugandan counterparts to help them prepare for a difficult peace mission in which they will fight the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab group. Shown during a training exercise

British forces have trained their Ugandan counterparts to help them prepare for a difficult peace mission in which they will fight the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab group. Shown during a training exercise

Royal Marines work together with soldiers from the Ugandan army during a training exercise in Entebbe, Uganada

Royal Marines work together with soldiers from the Ugandan army during a training exercise in Entebbe, Uganada

Royal Marines work together with soldiers from the Ugandan army during a training exercise in Entebbe, Uganada

Uganda is the largest contributor to the African Union mission in Somalia (Amisom) - with 5,000 troops forming part of the 20,000-strong forces. Pictured: oyal marines work alongside soldiers of the Ugandan army during a training exercise

Uganda is the largest contributor to the African Union mission in Somalia (Amisom) - with 5,000 troops forming part of the 20,000-strong forces. Pictured: oyal marines work alongside soldiers of the Ugandan army during a training exercise

Uganda is the largest contributor to the African Union mission in Somalia (Amisom) – with 5,000 troops forming part of the 20,000-strong forces. Pictured: oyal marines work alongside soldiers of the Ugandan army during a training exercise

During their deployment, Marines of the Ugandan People's Defense Force (UPDF) will protect the area and the sea around Mogadishu airport in the Somali capital.

For more than a month, eight British Royal Marines have been working under the 1 Assault Group on the water and the beaches of Lake Victoria in Entebbe, Uganda, where they share their essential skills.

This includes lessons on the tactical use of boats in coastal area – the coastal area – conducting patrols, operating vehicle checkpoints and stopping and searching suspicious vessels.

Royal Marines Reservist, Corporal Chris Carmichael from Crosby, Merseyside, said: & # 39; If they are there (in Somalia) they will be water-based and possibly land to do vehicle checkpoints.

Founded in 2007, Anisom is at the forefront of efforts to tackle extremists who want to overthrow the government overthrown by the Western government. Pictured: Pierre Ozanne of the British army helps to train a Ugandan soldier in Singo, Uganda

Founded in 2007, Anisom is at the forefront of efforts to tackle extremists who want to overthrow the government overthrown by the Western government. Pictured: Pierre Ozanne of the British army helps to train a Ugandan soldier in Singo, Uganda

Founded in 2007, Anisom is at the forefront of efforts to tackle extremists who want to overthrow the government overthrown by the Western government. Pictured: Pierre Ozanne of the British army helps to train a Ugandan soldier in Singo, Uganda

During their deployment, Marines of the Ugandan People's Defense Force (UPDF) will protect the area and the sea around Mogadishu airport in the Somali capital. Pictured: Lance Corporal Lyndsey Jenkins, 28, a specialized infantry combat technician from Whitley Bay, Newcastle, helps train Ugandan soldiers in Singo, Uganda

During their deployment, Marines of the Ugandan People's Defense Force (UPDF) will protect the area and the sea around Mogadishu airport in the Somali capital. Pictured: Lance Corporal Lyndsey Jenkins, 28, a specialized infantry combat technician from Whitley Bay, Newcastle, helps train Ugandan soldiers in Singo, Uganda

During their deployment, Marines of the Ugandan People's Defense Force (UPDF) will protect the area and the sea around Mogadishu airport in the Somali capital. Pictured: Lance Corporal Lyndsey Jenkins, 28, a specialized infantry combat technician from Whitley Bay, Newcastle, helps train Ugandan soldiers in Singo, Uganda

Pierre Ozanne of the British army during a training exercise with Ugandan soldiers in Singo, Uganda. For over a month, eight British Royal Marines have been working under the 1 Assault Group on the water and the beaches of Lake Victoria in Entebbe, Uganda, where they share their essential skills

Pierre Ozanne of the British army during a training exercise with Ugandan soldiers in Singo, Uganda. For over a month, eight British Royal Marines have been working under the 1 Assault Group on the water and the beaches of Lake Victoria in Entebbe, Uganda, where they share their essential skills

Pierre Ozanne of the British army during a training exercise with Ugandan soldiers in Singo, Uganda. For over a month, eight British Royal Marines have been working under the 1 Assault Group on the water and the beaches of Lake Victoria in Entebbe, Uganda, where they share their essential skills

The group has given lessons on how to use tactical boats in coastal area - the coastal area - conduct patrols, operate vehicle checkpoints and stop and search for suspect vessels (shown during a training exercise)

The group has given lessons on how to use tactical boats in coastal area - the coastal area - conduct patrols, operate vehicle checkpoints and stop and search for suspect vessels (shown during a training exercise)

The group has given lessons on how to use tactical boats in coastal area – the coastal area – conduct patrols, operate vehicle checkpoints and stop and search for suspect vessels (shown during a training exercise)

& # 39; From there we have been able to teach them the skills how to protect themselves, how to – tactically be introduced into a situation – how to search vehicles properly, how to detain people when needed and of course pull back to the sea. and away if needed. & # 39;

Their training also included human security and gender issues, with tips on recognizing, dealing with and talking to potential victims of human trafficking, slavery and other forms of exploitation.

Captain Jacob Katumba of the UPDF Marines said these skills will help them potential & # 39; culprits and innocents & # 39; identify and address these situations during their 12-month commitment.

Royal Marines Reservist, Corporal Chris Carmichael from Crosby, Merseyside, said: & # 39; If they are there (in Somalia) they will be water-based and possibly land to do vehicle checkpoints. Pictured: Lance Corporal Lyndsey Jenkins, 28, a specialized infantry combat technician from Whitley Bay, Newcastle, helps train Ugandan soldiers in Singo, Uganda

Royal Marines Reservist, Corporal Chris Carmichael from Crosby, Merseyside, said: & # 39; If they are there (in Somalia) they will be water-based and possibly land to do vehicle checkpoints. Pictured: Lance Corporal Lyndsey Jenkins, 28, a specialized infantry combat technician from Whitley Bay, Newcastle, helps train Ugandan soldiers in Singo, Uganda

Royal Marines Reservist, Corporal Chris Carmichael from Crosby, Merseyside, said: & # 39; If they are there (in Somalia) they will be water-based and possibly land to do vehicle checkpoints. Pictured: Lance Corporal Lyndsey Jenkins, 28, a specialized infantry combat technician from Whitley Bay, Newcastle, helps train Ugandan soldiers in Singo, Uganda

Their training also included human security and gender issues, with tips on recognizing, dealing with and talking to potential victims of human trafficking, slavery and other forms of exploitation. Pictured: Pierre Ozanne of the British army helps to train a Ugandan soldier

Their training also included human security and gender issues, with tips on recognizing, dealing with and talking to potential victims of human trafficking, slavery and other forms of exploitation. Pictured: Pierre Ozanne of the British army helps to train a Ugandan soldier

Their training also included human security and gender issues, with tips on recognizing, dealing with and talking to potential victims of human trafficking, slavery and other forms of exploitation. Pictured: Pierre Ozanne of the British army helps to train a Ugandan soldier

Royal Marine acting Major Adam Seaney informs Ugandan marines during a training exercise in Entebbe, Uganada. Captain Jacob Katumba of the UPDF Marines said these skills will help them potential & # 39; culprits and innocents & # 39; identify and address these situations during their 12-month commitment.

Royal Marine acting Major Adam Seaney informs Ugandan marines during a training exercise in Entebbe, Uganada. Captain Jacob Katumba of the UPDF Marines said these skills will help them potential & # 39; culprits and innocents & # 39; identify and address these situations during their 12-month commitment.

Royal Marine acting Major Adam Seaney informs Ugandan marines during a training exercise in Entebbe, Uganada. Captain Jacob Katumba of the UPDF Marines said these skills will help them potential & # 39; culprits and innocents & # 39; identify and address these situations during their 12-month commitment.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab manages large parts of rural areas in southern Somalia and has carried out multiple bomb attacks and guerrilla attacks on targets, including shopping malls and hotels in East Africa. Pictured: Royal Marines during a tactical exercise with soldiers of the Ugandan army in Entebbe, Uganda

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab manages large parts of rural areas in southern Somalia and has carried out multiple bomb attacks and guerrilla attacks on targets, including shopping malls and hotels in East Africa. Pictured: Royal Marines during a tactical exercise with soldiers of the Ugandan army in Entebbe, Uganda

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab manages large parts of rural areas in southern Somalia and has carried out multiple bomb attacks and guerrilla attacks on targets, including shopping malls and hotels in East Africa. Pictured: Royal Marines during a tactical exercise with soldiers of the Ugandan army in Entebbe, Uganda

Lance Corporal Lyndsey Jenkins, 28, a specialized infantry combat officer from Whitley Bay, Newcastle, is helping Ugandan soldiers in Singo to train for deployment in Somalia, where they can help combat human trafficking. The short-term training in Uganda is led and coordinated by the British Peace Support Team (BPST) Africa - a team of 26 soldiers and civilians permanently based in Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana

Lance Corporal Lyndsey Jenkins, 28, a specialized infantry combat officer from Whitley Bay, Newcastle, is helping Ugandan soldiers in Singo to train for deployment in Somalia, where they can help combat human trafficking. The short-term training in Uganda is led and coordinated by the British Peace Support Team (BPST) Africa - a team of 26 soldiers and civilians permanently based in Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana

Lance Corporal Lyndsey Jenkins, 28, a specialized infantry combat officer from Whitley Bay, Newcastle, is helping Ugandan soldiers in Singo to train for deployment in Somalia, where they can help combat human trafficking. The short-term training in Uganda is led and coordinated by the British Peace Support Team (BPST) Africa – a team of 26 soldiers and civilians permanently based in Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana

Pierre Ozanne of the British army during a training exercise with Ugandan soldiers in Singo. The 17 British staff members of the Army & # 39; s Specialized Infantry Group have classes focused on intelligence and how to defend the operating bases

Pierre Ozanne of the British army during a training exercise with Ugandan soldiers in Singo. The 17 British staff members of the Army & # 39; s Specialized Infantry Group have classes focused on intelligence and how to defend the operating bases

Pierre Ozanne of the British army during a training exercise with Ugandan soldiers in Singo. The 17 British staff members of the Army & # 39; s Specialized Infantry Group have classes focused on intelligence and how to defend the operating bases

& # 39; We really learned about those things and we have great confidence in them and can apply them on the spot & # 39 ;, he said.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab manages large parts of rural areas in southern Somalia and has carried out multiple bomb attacks and guerrilla attacks on targets, including shopping malls and hotels in East Africa.

Al-Shabab was founded in 2006 and originated from the Islamic Hoven Union that led the capital of Somalia for six months before it was expelled from power.

Their training has also covered basic medical techniques, such as carrying stretchers, as well as treating and evacuating wounded soldiers under fire. Pictured: Corporal Chris Carmichael, a Royal Marine reserve, during a training exercise with Ugandan Marines in Entebbe

Their training has also covered basic medical techniques, such as carrying stretchers, as well as treating and evacuating wounded soldiers under fire. Pictured: Corporal Chris Carmichael, a Royal Marine reserve, during a training exercise with Ugandan Marines in Entebbe

Their training has also covered basic medical techniques, such as carrying stretchers, as well as treating and evacuating wounded soldiers under fire. Pictured: Corporal Chris Carmichael, a Royal Marine reserve, during a training exercise with Ugandan Marines in Entebbe

Corporal Chris Carmichael, a Royal Marine reserve, informs Ugandan marines during a training exercise in Entebbe. He said: & # 39; We have been able to teach them the skills how to protect themselves, how to insert them correctly - tactically in a situation - how to properly search the vehicles, how to hold people like that necessary and, of course, return to the sea. and away if needed. & # 39;

Corporal Chris Carmichael, a Royal Marine reserve, informs Ugandan marines during a training exercise in Entebbe. He said: & # 39; We have been able to teach them the skills how to protect themselves, how to insert them correctly - tactically in a situation - how to properly search the vehicles, how to hold people like that necessary and, of course, return to the sea. and away if needed. & # 39;

Corporal Chris Carmichael, a Royal Marine reserve, informs Ugandan marines during a training exercise in Entebbe. He said: & # 39; We have been able to teach them the skills how to protect themselves, how to insert them correctly – tactically in a situation – how to properly search the vehicles, how to hold people like that necessary and, of course, return to the sea. and away if needed. & # 39;

Ugandan soldiers gather in Singo, ready for deployment in Somalia, where they will help combat human trafficking.

Ugandan soldiers gather in Singo, ready for deployment in Somalia, where they will help combat human trafficking.

Ugandan soldiers gather in Singo, ready for deployment in Somalia, where they will help combat human trafficking.

Who are Shabaab already?

The al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab, whose name & # 39; youth & # 39; means to impose its strict version of Sharia law in East Africa.

The group is particularly active in Somalia, where there are an estimated 7,000 to 9,000 militants in the ranks who often unleash attacks on security and government officials, as well as hotels and restaurants in the capital.

The group also has deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda, both contributing to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.

In 2013 al-Shabaab extremists stormed into the luxury mall, hurled grenades and started a siege of days, killing 67 people in Nairobi.

Captain Isaac Vunya, a UPDF training officer, said that al-Shabab often receives information from local fishermen about Amison, will attack when supplies are taken to transmit operations and many roads are strewn with landmines.

Witnessing an improvement in the skills of his troops, he said it is difficult to combat al-Shabab who use tactics other than their own – including the use of women and children to carry out suicide attacks.

The short training in Uganda is led and coordinated by the British Peace Support Team (BPST) Africa – a team of 26 soldiers and civilians who are permanently based in Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana.

During the final round of educational efforts in Uganda, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales & Royal Regiment also spent two weeks to three months training the UPDF army.

Pierre Ozanne of the British army helps to train a Ugandan soldier in Singo, Uganda

Pierre Ozanne of the British army helps to train a Ugandan soldier in Singo, Uganda

Pierre Ozanne of the British army helps to train a Ugandan soldier in Singo, Uganda

Ozanne talks to an Ugandan soldier in Singo. The training will help them prepare for a difficult peace mission in which they will fight Islamist militants, al-Shabab

Ozanne talks to an Ugandan soldier in Singo. The training will help them prepare for a difficult peace mission in which they will fight Islamist militants, al-Shabab

Ozanne talks to an Ugandan soldier in Singo. The training will help them prepare for a difficult peace mission in which they will fight Islamist militants, al-Shabab

Acting Major Adam Seaney informs Ugandan Marines during a training exercise in Entebbe

Acting Major Adam Seaney informs Ugandan Marines during a training exercise in Entebbe

Acting Major Adam Seaney informs Ugandan Marines during a training exercise in Entebbe

A soldier from the Ugandan army takes part in a training exercise in Entebbe

A soldier from the Ugandan army takes part in a training exercise in Entebbe

A soldier from the Ugandan army takes part in a training exercise in Entebbe

The 17 British personnel who are part of the Army & Specialized Infantry Group have given lessons on intelligence and how to defend the operational bases.

This was mainly done on a huge training area of ​​UPDF in Singo, two hours north of Entebbe, where local soldiers live and exercise in the field for more than a month.

Captain Alex Echeru of the UPDF working group said the preparation in this way gives a realistic example of what he and his troops can expect in Somalia.

Corporal Chris Carmichael, a Royal Marine reserve, during a training exercise with Ugandan Marines in Entebbe

Corporal Chris Carmichael, a Royal Marine reserve, during a training exercise with Ugandan Marines in Entebbe

Corporal Chris Carmichael, a Royal Marine reserve, during a training exercise with Ugandan Marines in Entebbe

Marines work with soldiers from the Ugandan army during a training exercise

Marines work with soldiers from the Ugandan army during a training exercise

Marines work with soldiers from the Ugandan army during a training exercise

Their training has also covered basic medical techniques, such as carrying stretchers, as well as treating and evacuating wounded soldiers under fire.

Lance Corporal Lyndsey Jenks, a Newcastle medical combat technician, said they quickly discovered that UPDF troops are deploying to Somalia without tourniquets – a life-saving device used when life-threatening bleeding comes from a limb.

The 28-year-old said they have since learned to improvise the UPDF and make one using sticks and bandage to buy & # 39; time to buy & # 39; before they can go to a field hospital where a tourniquet would be available.

Praise the training he has received from British troops, Capt Echeru said that they inspire & # 39; confidence & # 39; among UPDF soldiers.

He added: & # 39; My humble request is that they linger and knowledge is passed on to almost everyone in the army – then I know we will keep getting better. & # 39;

Acting Major Adam Seaney with Ugandan Marines during a training exercise

Acting Major Adam Seaney with Ugandan Marines during a training exercise

Acting Major Adam Seaney with Ugandan Marines during a training exercise

A soldier from the Ugandan army looks at the barrel during a training exercise

A soldier from the Ugandan army looks at the barrel during a training exercise

A soldier from the Ugandan army looks at the barrel during a training exercise

Pierre Ozanne of the British army during a training exercise with Ugandan soldiers in Sing

Pierre Ozanne of the British army during a training exercise with Ugandan soldiers in Sing

Pierre Ozanne of the British army during a training exercise with Ugandan soldiers in Sing

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