Friday, March 09, 2007

US: DynCorp Hired for Somalia Peacekeeping

A number of sources reported on the hiring of US PSCs to provide the logistics support for AU peacekeepers destined for Somalia. This logistics support provided through private security contractors via the State Department support is not new; in 2004, the US also provided logistic support to the deployment of AU peacekeepers in Darfur. Some might ask why such outsourcing hasn't become even more important, given the continual rise of peacekeeping missions worldwide.

The Ugandan vanguard had been attempting to maintain a low profile on their deployment plans; the first officially arriving contingent was met with a mortar barrage at the airport. They also suffered their first casualties on 08 March, also reported by the BBC.