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US reopens Somalia mission in Kenya

US reopens Somalia mission in Kenya

WASHINGTON: The US mission to war-torn Somalia began work on Tuesday without an ambassador or an embassy and based in a neighbouring country, the State Department said.

American diplomats will not be based in Mogadishu, scene of the infamous “Black Hawk Down” battle in 1993 that left 18 US servicemen and many hundreds of Somalis dead.

Instead, they will commute cautiously from Ken­ya’s capital Nairobi as they gradually work to strengthen Somalia’s internationally-backed government.

Washington recognised the Somali government in January 2013, and Secretary of State John Kerry visited Mogadishu in May, but the country is far from stable.

Published in Dawn, September 9th, 2015

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