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African Union completes the second phase of withdrawal of its forces from Somalia.

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Mogadishu, February 03, 2024 (LANA) - The African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia (ATMIS) announced the completion of the second phase of its withdrawal, which includes 3,000 soldiers, after a three-month delay at the request of the Somali government.

The peacekeeping force said in a statement, "The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) completed the second phase of withdrawal, which included reducing the number of forces by 3,000 soldiers."

The peacekeeping forces explained that the African Union Transitional Mission handed over seven forward operating bases to the government, and closed two other bases.

The number of soldiers who were withdrawn in the first and second phases reached 5,000, and about 14,600 servicemen from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are still deployed in Somalia.

Under a UN timetable, the African Union Transitional Mission will withdraw completely by the end of this year, and hand over responsibility to the Somali security forces.