File - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
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Somalia's Al-Shabab Islamists have threatened to "welcome with bullets" British soldiers due to be deployed in support of an African Union force.British Prime Minister David Cameron said last month that up to 70 troops would be sent to Somalia to support soldiers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) without giving a date.The planned deployment of British troops to Somalia is intended to strengthen AMISOM which has been hit by a string of deadly Al-Shabab assaults on its bases in recent months.British soldiers will have "non-combat" roles in both countries, providing "medical, logistical and engineering support" in Somalia.
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