AMISOM announces end of mission in Somalia

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is set to end this month after 15 years of non-stop operations in Somalia.

“The African Union Mission in Somalia, authorized by the African Union Peace and Security Council and mandated by the United Nations Security Council in 2007, will end March 31, 2022,” AMISOM announced on its social media page.

At the end of the AMISOM mandate, the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union agreed to acquire the ATMIS operation which will be operated by the United Nations.

According to the plan, the Somali government security forces are set to take over the role of security and protection in 2023.

The 20,000-strong AMISOM force has not been able to weaken Al-Shabaab terror militants, prompting questions about the sustainability of the operation which has costs millions of dollars annually to AMISOM troops and their services.