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Uganda withdraws troops from Somalia

Mogadishu (SD) – The Ugandan government has withdrawn its African Union Mission troops (AMISOM) in Somalia.

The troops, numbering 2,100, arrived in Uganda, a welcome ceremony was held last night at the Peace Support Operations Training Center (PSO-TC) in Nakaseke district.

Ugandan Deputy Chief of Defense Staff Wilson Mbasu Mbadi welcomed them on behalf of the Chief of Defense Staff, telling the troops “Welcome to your country with dignity on behalf of us on the issue of Pan Africa in Somalia.”

Uganda has sent its troops to Somalia in 2007, this would be the go to back the African Union peacekeeping operation in Somalia was removed in 2021.

One of the returning commanders, Col Sam Kuesa, said Uganda’s twenty-seventh battlegroup liberated Sabid Anoole, Bariire, Ceel Salini, Awdheegle and Jannale towns in Lower Shabelle Region of Somalia during their 17-month tour of duty.

He said the battle group also mentored Somali National Army in explosive hazard awareness, reconnaissance, route search, vehicle search, and support weapons.

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