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Kenya mulls troops pull out from Somalia

By Judy Maina, judy.maina@alleastafrica.com

NAIROBI – Kenyan government is carrying out a review of its peacekeeping missions in Somalia which could see its troops withdrawn before a presidential election which is due to take place on August 8, 2017.

 

According to sources within the army who spoke to Alleastafrica news agency, the country’s abinet Secretary for Defence Raychelle Omamo hinted the plan during a meeting by the country’s army chiefs in Nairobi on Thursday.

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According to the sources, the time a withdrawal has not yet been considered.

 

Kenya has seen attacks by the Somalia-based al-Shabab group since the country sent its army into the neighboring country in 2013.
In response, the terrorist group had since threatened more attacks against Kenya.

 

KDF has played a crucial role in bringing a relative stability into Jubba regions in which the army is based after the ouster of al-Shabab fighters from string of towns and villages including the lucrative port city of Kismayo.


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