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Secrecy Behind Somalia’s Anti-Piracy Effort Raises Concerns An unidentified Muslim Country is Backing The Project And is Paying An Ex-CIA Man And A Former Senior U.S. diplomat,

kl NAKURU, Kenya — A senior U.N. Official cautiously welcomed news



That an anti-piracy force is being Created in Somalia, but he and




U.S. officials say they’re concerned About secrecy surrounding




The undertaking. An unidentified Muslim country is backing the project and is paying an ex-CIA man and a former senior U.S. diplomat, The Associated Press reported last week. The military force for the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, and for Puntland,

A northern semiautonomous region, is expected to number up to 1,050 men .It’s a good thing that



Puntland is training an anti-piracy force,” said Alan Cole, the head of the anti-piracy program at the U.N.


Office on Drugs and Crime. but he said he wants to know the identity of the donor, the laws governing the force,


How recruits are screened and the chain of command. those who are providing Equipment have


A responsibility to make sure those who are going to use it understand the limits of their authority and are properly trained,” Cole said.

The U.S State Department said the identity and aims of the donor are unclear and raised concerns that


The training might break a U.N. arms embargo on Somalia, which has been fractured by civil war for nearly 20 years.

The U.S. says it is not funding the project, although the donor country is employing two Americans —


A former U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues and a former CIA deputy station chief — to advise the Somali government on training and other issues.


Lt. Col. Tamara Parker, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said the U.S. knows that Puntland officials are using a private security company.


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