- British troops are to be deployed to Somalia, opening up a new front in its military commitment in Africa. Amid fears of ‘mission creep’ in UK involvement in the region, soldiers are to be sent to Mogadishu to provide security for a new embassy. It is the latest stage in David Cameron’s commitment to providing advice and training to Africa Union forces in taking on Al Qaeda-linked insurgents.
Ministers today published an International Defence Engagement Strategy setting out defence activity, which stops short of combat operations. It insists efforts will be focussed on 'those countries which are most important to our national interests'