Experts split on calls to withdraw Kenyan troops from Somalia after terror attacks

A Kenya Defence Force soldier attached to Amisom keeps guard at Afmadow Military Camp. More money will be given to security agencies to bolster the war against rampant insecurity. FILE PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • While one group thinks that the move will be a protective measure for Kenyans at home, others reckon that the withdrawal will embolden the Al-Shabaab.
  • University of Nairobi political scientist Adams Oloo said that the county was experiencing desperate moments which needed extraordinary measures to tackle.
  • Counterterrorism expert Richard Tutah said withdrawal of the Kenyan troops which are operating under Amisom will give Al-Shabaab the capacity to raise revenue and organise more attacks.
  • On calls for the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp, Prof Ken Onkware of Masinde Muliro University said the decision should be guided by international law.

Experts are split over renewed calls for Kenya to withdraw its troops from Somalia following increased terror attacks, the latest being the Garissa University College massacre.

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