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VOA Saturday September 2, 2017
Somalia Seeks US Help, Says Militants Plot to Supply Uranium to Iran
The Somali government has asked the United States to provide 'immediate military assistance' because it says al-Shabab militants are plotting to supply uranium to Iran. In a letter to U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Stephen Schwartz, Somali Foreign Minister Yusuf Garaad Omar says the militant group has captured 'critical surface exposed uranium deposits' in the central Somali region of Galmudug and intend to transport the uranium to Iran. The letter says the issue presents a problem for the larger global community and will not be constrained within the borders of Somalia. The authenticity of the letter was confirmed to VOA's Somali service by the Somali ambassador to the U.S., Ahmed Isse Awad. The letter says Somalia is facing a 'reconstituted' al-Shabab that is seizing territory in central Somalia. It also says the group is linking up with Islamic State militants in the country. In the letter, the foreign minister says 'only the United States has the capacity to identify and smash al-Shabab elements operating within our country.' 'The time for surgical strikes and limited...Read more
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