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Somalia Troops Contributing Countries Call on UN to Reverse Troop Withdraw Resolution

The leaders have described as ‘unrealistic’ any attempts to withdraw their troops under AMISOM by 2020 despite a resolution by the UN Security Council.

The role of these five East African countries in Somalia has been more of self-serving. If not, they have been “fighting” al-Shabaab for over 12 years, why haven’t they won?

BY HALIMA ATHUMANI | VOA NEWS

The five East African nations contributing troops to the AMISOM peacekeeping mission in Somalia have called on the U.N. Security Council to keep troops slated for removal by 2020.

The withdrawal of the more than 20,000 AMISOM peacekeepers from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, and Djibouti is slated to begin this year. Continue reading Somalia Troops Contributing Countries Call on UN to Reverse Troop Withdraw Resolution

Kenya Withdraws Troops from UN Mission in South Sudan

Kenya has announced the withdrawal of its troops from UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and stopping future deployments, a day after the sacking of Kenyan UNMSS force Commander Lt. General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki.

By Al Jazeera News,

Kenya has said it is withdrawing its troops from the UN mission in South Sudan, a day after Ban Ki-moon sacked the Kenyan commander of peacekeeping forces in the country for failing to protect civilians.

In an angrily-worded statement, the Kenyan ministry of foreign affairs said on Wednesday it was “dismayed” by the UN secretary-general’s decision to dismiss Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki.

Continued deployment of Kenyan troops in South Sudan “is no longer tenable”, the ministry said, saying Kenya would “withdraw, immediately” its forces there.

Kenya has more than 1,000 troops deployed in South Sudan. Continue reading Kenya Withdraws Troops from UN Mission in South Sudan

UNMISS Failed to Respond to South Sudan Hotel Attacks: Inquiry

An independent investigation report sharply criticized the UNMISS response to deadly attacks in July on a U.N. compound and a hotel near the UN compound. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today fired the commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force in South Sudan.

By Reuters,

United Nations peacekeepers failed to respond to an attack on civilians by South Sudanese government troops at the Hotel Terrain in the capital Juba in July, less than a mile from a U.N. compound, a U.N. inquiry found on Tuesday.

“During the attack, civilians were subjected to and witnessed gross human rights violations, including murder, intimidation, sexual violence and acts amounting to torture perpetrated by armed government soldiers,” the inquiry found. Continue reading UNMISS Failed to Respond to South Sudan Hotel Attacks: Inquiry

Somalia’s Al-Shabab in Comeback, as Ethiopia Pulls Troops

Not surprising. Al-Shabaab, the al Qaeda-aligned militia in Somalia, is experiencing some kind of luck in recent days as AMISOM, the coalition force that greatly succeeded in removing the extremist militants from most of the strategically important urban areas of the country, has begun to falter.

By Associated Press,

Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, are making a comeback, having recently seized four towns and attacked a guesthouse in neighboring Kenya, killing 12.

The resurgence of Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, could affect Somalia’s plans to hold elections next month and further destabilize what is already one of the world’s most failed states.

The rebels had steadily lost ground over the past five years, first losing control of the capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 and then being pushed out of virtually all of Somalia’s other major cities and towns. This was largely the work of the African Union force of 22,000 soldiers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti, which is supported by the U.N. The relatively weak Somalia army, with 35,000 troops, also participated in the operations. Continue reading Somalia’s Al-Shabab in Comeback, as Ethiopia Pulls Troops

Congo Demands Removal of South Sudan Rebels from Territory

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been given a week to fly hundreds of South Sudanese fighters out of the country.

By Sudan Tribune,

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has asked the United Nations Mission in the country (MONUSCO) to “remove” a group of South Sudanese rebels airlifted on “humanitarian ground” to the Central African nation.

Kinshasa said the 750 armed opposition soldiers were a security risk to residents in Eastern DRC, various media, quoting local and UN officials, reported. Continue reading Congo Demands Removal of South Sudan Rebels from Territory

South Sudan Agrees to New Regional Protection Force

President Salava Kiir has given the go-ahead for the deployment of a 4,000 strong regional protection force recently mandated by the UN Security Council. He has also agreed to implement a hybrid court to investigate war crimes.

By VOA News,

Facing intense international pressure, war-ravaged South Sudan on Sunday agreed to the deployment of a 4,000-member regional protection force approved last month by the United Nations Security Council.

Sunday’s decision by President Salva Kiir, who in August rejected more peacekeepers, came a day after the 15-member Security Council visited the capital, Juba, to press senior officials for approval of the new force. Continue reading South Sudan Agrees to New Regional Protection Force