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US suspends Somalia’s military stipends, increasing parliamentary pressure for leadership change and higher seaport taxes

15 December 2017

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The United States has suspended funding for rations and wages to the Somalia National Army (SNA), according to media reports on 14 December.

Citing a US review of the SNA’s performance, the reports highlight poor oversight of the military’s payroll. The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) provides 24% of the stipend (USD50 per month) to the total 31,000 SNA soldiers. Donors collectively provide an additional USD160 per month. The reportedly withdrawn stipends from the United States had covered 10,000 soldiers based in the capital, Mogadishu, and Banadir, Lower Shabelle, and Middle Shabelle regions. Separately, the United Kingdom continues to fund 3,000 soldiers in Bay, Bakool, and Gedo, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) funds 10,000 soldiers in Lower and Middle Juba.

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