US funds for Somalia could be diverted to Shabaab, watchdog warns

A Somali soldier on guard on the beach in the coast of Qaw, in Puntland, north-eastern Somalia on December, 18, 2016. US State Department watchdog unit has warned that the Africa Bureau is failing to ensure that US funding for the Somali government is not diverted to Al-Shabaab. PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Inadequate oversight of that assistance could enable Al-Shabaab to siphon off some of that money.
  • That lapsed compliance with the so-called Leahy Law spanned several months in 2014 and again in a period spanning 2016 and 2017.
  • The law in question requires the US State Department and Pentagon to determine whether potential aid recipients carry out extrajudicial killings.

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