Kenya Mulls Army's 2021 Withdrawal From Somalia

As the 2021 withdrawal date for the forces in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) draws nearer, Kenya is reportedly facing a huge dilemma on whether or not to exit from the war-torn country. Fresh concerns are emerging at the perceived unprofessionalism and lack of discipline among soldiers of the Somali National Army. The indiscriminate shooting of Kenyan civilians at the Bula Hawa border point by Somali troops has particularly irked local residents and raised the red flag on their ability to independently, effectively and smoothly handle security operations in the absence of the AMISOM forces. As AMISOM plans to gradually reduce its 22,000-strong AU forces in the country, Kenya's primary interest is how to oblige, without compromising the security of its people.


Kenya Defence Forces soldiers under the Africa Union Mission in Somalia in Kismayo (file photo).

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