So­ma­lia peace­keep­ing mis­sion re­newed

Truro Daily News - - WORLD -

The African Union’s multi­na­tional peace­keep­ing force in So­ma­lia is shrink­ing slightly by the end of the year as it heads to­ward planned with­drawal from the coun­try by 2020. The United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil re­newed the decade­old mis­sion Wed­nes­day un­til the end of next May. The re­newal makes some changes that re­flect ef­forts to start hand­ing over se­cu­rity re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to So­mali forces. It trims the more than 22,000-strong force, known as AMISOM , by 500 troops by the end of this year. It cuts 1,000 more troops by the end of Oc­to­ber 2018 or pos­si­bly sooner. So­ma­lia is try­ing to re­build after more than two decades as a failed state riven by con­flict, famine and at­tacks by the al-Shabab Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group. AMISOM has been sup­port­ing the frag­ile cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

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