US to close down its militay bases in Kenya

United States army presence in Kenya and Africa may be coming to an end sooner than later.

The US Defence Department is considering closing military outposts in Kenya and three other African countries while also halving the number of its special operation forces on the continent, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

While the paper did not specify which facilities in Kenya could be affected by the proposed move, which must be approved by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis before it takes effect, US is known to have been operating a military camp at Manda Bay, Lamu County, sometimes referred to as Camp Simba, for several years now.

US forces inside Kenya are believed to contribute to anti-insurgency missions in neighbouring Somalia, once a haven for terrorists but now slowly rising from the ashes of more than three decades of war and civil unrest.

The sizeable US military contingent in Somalia totaling about 500 personnel would remain however intact under the plans being mulled by Defence Department officials, the Times said.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: news@mareeg.com