1,000-man militia being trained in north Somalia

December 2, 2010 00:05

NAIROBI, Kenya — In the northern reaches of Somalia and the country's presidential palace, a well-equipped military force is being created, funded by a mysterious donor nation that is also paying for the services of a former CIA officer and a senior ex-US diplomat.

The Associated Press has determined through telephone and e-mail interviews with three insiders that training for an anti-piracy force of up to 1,050 men has already begun in Puntland, a semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia that is believed to hold reserves of oil and gas.But key elements remain unknown — mainly who is providing the millions of dollars in funding and for what ultimate purpose.

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