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Somali militants vow to welcome British peacekeepers 'with fire'

Al-Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage addresses a news conference in Somalia's capital Mogadishu May 7, 2011. REUTERS/STRINGER

Somalia's militant Islamist group al Shabaab pledged on Tuesday to greet British troops "with fire" when they arrive to provide support to a peacekeeping force in the conflict-ravaged country.

Last week Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to deploy up to 70 troops and experts to provide logistical, medical and engineering support to the African Union-led peacekeeping force in Somalia, which is struggling to emerge from two decades of chaos and is also battling the Islamist insurgency of the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab.

Like other Western powers, Britain has long avoided the Horn of Africa country, which until recently was widely viewed as a failed state, but it has made some progress in restoring order and setting up a functioning government. Click here to read the full report.


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