AP Exclusive: North Somali gov’t using private security company to train 1,000-man militia

SOMALIA MILITIAMap locates Bosasso, Somalia, where a militia is being trained; includes extent of Puntland and Somaliland regions (P. Santilli, AP / December 1, 2010) 

KATHARINE HOURELDAssociated Press

December 1, 2010|12:52 p.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In the northern reaches of Somaliaand the country’s presidential palace, a well-equipped military force is being created, funded by a mysterious donor nation that is also paying for the services of a former CIA officer and a senior ex-U.S. diplomat. 

The Associated Press has determined through telephone and e-mail interviews with three insiders that training for an anti-piracy force of up to 1,050 men has already begun in Puntland, a semiautonomous region in northern Somalia that is believed to hold reserves of oil and gas.

But key elements remain unknown — mainly who is providing the millions of dollars in funding and for what ultimate purpose.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-af-somalia-military-force,0,1812540.story
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