Reports Indicate That Withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian Soldiers Has Now Begun

Recent events may be signaling the eventual withdrawal of the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) from the troubled nation of Somalia. The African Union (AU) announced plans to withdraw its 21,500 troops in Somalia by the end of 2020. The process has already begun with the withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian troops.

 The AU’s AMISOM forces, which is made up of soldiers from several African countries, including Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, has been in Somalia for years trying to secure the Horn of Africa nation against the Islamic extremist group , al-Shabaab.

According to most recent reports, an official in Burundi who sought anonymity, said the withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from the regional force in Somalia had already begun in the afternoon of Thursday, February 21st,2019. About 200 Burundian soldiers boarded a flight from Somalia to Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura as more soldiers are set to be flown back to Burundi in the coming weeks.

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