AU Mission Aligns Forces To Protect Somalis, Denies Withdrawal.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has denied withdrawing its troops from bases in Somalia, saying the strategic move of align forces is aimed at flushing out al-Shabab militant group. The AU mission instead expressed its commitment in supporting the Somali government to defeat Al-Shabaab and free the Somali population from the oppressive evils of the militant group’s extortion and summary killings.

“The AMISOM forces have not been withdrawn but the sectors are strategically aligning their forces to protect the Somali population and degrade Al-Shabaab and deny them freedom of movement,” it said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement comes amid recent abandonment of military bases in the country by Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers, stoking fears the move will expose the country to Al-Shabaab threats.