AU chief warns troops’ withdrawal from Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The African Union commission chair Mousa Faki has once warned peacekeeping troops’ withdrawal from Somalia, amid rising attacks by al Shabaab.
Faki says the troops’ pullout is likely to weaken gains made by Somali army and African Union troops over the last decade.
He urged the UN, AU and the troop-contributing nations not to take a rushed withdrawal of troops from Somalia.
His warning comes as UN-backed African Union mission is set to hand over security responsibility to Somali army forces battling Al Shabaab.
Somalia has seen deadly terror attacks that claimed the lives of thousands of people, mainly innocent people, with those attacks were claimed by al Shabaab.
Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group battling to overthrow the weak-western backed government-based in Mogadishu.
The group was driven out of key towns by the UN and Amison forces,
Somali capital, Mogadishu seems to be enjoying a resemblance of tranquility after the militant group was driven out in 2011 in a joint offensive.
But, the al Qaeda linked group also carried out deadly attacks on the neighboring state of Kenya, leaving dozens dead.
In December 2015, Al Shabaab gunmen killed 28 people, mostly Christian teachers on a bus heading home to Mandera from Nairobi for the Christmas holiday.
In April of 2015, the group’s militants stormed into Kenya’s Garissa University, where its fighters killed 148 students — most of them Christian.
In 2013, fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked group attacked an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, killing more than 70 people. The siege on the mall lasted for four days.
The group also claimed the responsibility for a 19-hour siege on the affluent DusitD2 hotel on January 2019 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, which left 21 people dead, while another 28 wounded.
However, Somali armed group al-Shabab, founded in 2006, wants to impose a strict version of Islamic law and is fighting to overthrow the Western-backed government in Somalia.
The militant group, The al Qaeda linked group used to control most major cities and towns in southern and central Somalia but a UN-mandated African Union peacekeeping troops have pushed them out of those areas.