26 Jun 2009

US says weapons sent to Somalia

The US has confirmed that it has sent weapons to Somalia's UN-backed transitional government. The state department said the move followed an urgent call for help from the government, which has been fighting Islamist militias.

The insurgents control swathes of Somalia and US officials have been alarmed at their gains, analysts say. The US would also provide logistical support for training Somali troops, officials said.