Kenya’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday September 4 that it will withdraw its last troops in Somalia under the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) by the end of 2024.

The planned withdrawal was confirmed by Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale to the Senate.

"The last troops are expected to leave Somalia on 31 December 2024 as per the AU and UN Security Council resolution and plan," Duale said.

Duale’s confirmation comes despite a recent delay to the scheduled drawdown, following a request by Somalia to pause the drawdown of African Union peacekeepers for three months.

There are more than 4,000 Kenyan troops deployed in Somalia under ATMIS, alongside troops from Uganda, Ethiopia, Burundi and Djibouti.

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