AU to withdraw 1,000 troops from Somalia this year

Amisom soldiers in Somalia. The AU's mission in Somalia has said it will withdraw 1,000 troops fighting jihadists in the country this year. PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Amisom troops deployed to Somalia in 2007 to defend the internationally-backed government against attacks by Al-Shabaab.
  • Al-Shabaab is an Al-Qaeda affiliate still carrying out attacks on civilian, military and government targets in Mogadishu and elsewhere.
  • Currently the bloated and largely ineffective Somali army is more a collection of clan militias.



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