African Union to withdraw troops from Somalia by 2020

July 7, 2016 3:43 PM

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The African Union says it plans to withdraw its forces from Somalia by the end of 2020 after years of trying to secure the Horn of Africa country against extremist group al-Shabab.

The AU's Peace and Security Council statement issued this week comes after a series of challenges for the 22,000-strong multinational peacekeeping force, including funding issues that left some troops without pay for the past few months.

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