Uganda begins withdrawal of troops from Somalia

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 7, 2017

Uganda's phased withdrawal of its peacekeepers from the 22,000 strong regional force is in compliance with the African Union and United Nations approved reduction of 1,000 uniformed personnel of AMISOM by the December 31 deadline. The move announced on Wednesday is part of a United Nations plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers' numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year.

At the moment there are more than 20,000 soldiers serving in the AU mission (Amisom).

Uganda was the first country to deploy troops under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in March 2007, according to the mission's website.

AMISOM is comprised of troops drawn from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti who are deployed in six sectors covering south and central Somalia.

African countries have been praised for bringing increased stability to Somalia but there is frustration about corruption among their forces and the failure to secure an adequate victory.

Under an agreement between the African Union and the U.N. Security Council the number of all African peacekeepers in Somalia will be reduced by 1,000 before the end of 2017, Akiiki said.

Uganda has more than 6,000 troops in Somalia as part of the multi-national African Union force.

The combined forces had managed to clear the capital Mogadishu, and large swathes of the countryside of Al Shabaab, but over the a year ago or so the group has managed to resume large-scale attacks targeting the government, military and civilians, culminating in the more than 500 people killed in the capital in October during a twin bombing.

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