African Union troops to start pulling out of Somalia in 2018

Kenya Defence forces under Africa Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) soldier takes an aim during patrol Afmadow town on November 22, 2015. African forces in Somalia should start withdrawing from October 2018, the African Union has said. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Amisom should start pulling out of Somalia only after a new stable government has been in place.
  • AU is banking on an upcoming election in Somalia in early September for this schedule to work.
  • Kenya and Uganda threatened to withdraw their troops citing frustrations with the international community that is supposed to finance mission.

African forces in Somalia, of which the Kenya Defence Forces are a part, should start withdrawing from October 2018, the African Union has said.

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