What Are British Troops Doing In Somalia?

Across the globe British military training teams are helping countries counter the threat of Islamic extremism.

One of those missions, known as Operation Tangham, is in Somalia where an Al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab has been fighting a decades long insurgency.

Mogadishu, the Capital of Somalia, was once known as the Switzerland of Africa, but in recent years gained a very different reputation.

Somalia lies on the horn of Africa – a key position close to some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Years of factional in-fighting have left it divided into three separate regions: Somaliland and Puntland in the north -both of which claim autonomy, and Southern Somalia – ravaged by drought and decades of violence.

A former British and Italian colony Somalia has been without an effective Central Government for over 25 years.

In the early 1990s, as the country slipped into civil war millions faced starvation and a UN task force led by Amerian troops was sent in to try and stem a humanitarian crisis.

Seven hundred Somali’s also died in the battle.