No date set for KDF exit from Somalia
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2“Our mandate here is to establish and maintain a safe and secure environment within which the Somali people can rebuild their lives and prosper,”he said. “We are currently mentoring the Somali security national forces through joint operations so that they can build their capacity to take over and maintain a safe and secure environment that currently exists in Kismayo once AMISOM departs,” said Kishoyian. Regarding exit rumours of Kenyan troops pulling out of Somalia, Lieutenant Colonel Kishoyian said military operations were fluid in nature and that it was difficult to pinpoint the exact exit date. “Ultimately it is the Somali forces who will be in charge of pacifying and ensuring that their country is safe and secure when AMISOM exits. We’ve been able to mentor them by conducting joint operations to ensure that they are professional and capable of securing not only Kismayo but ultimately the whole of Somalia,” he said. He said that there were challenges as Somalia had been at war for a long time before the entry of Kenyan forces. “Military operations are fluid, you cannot put a specific date of a pullout. However, the concept of operations spanning from 2018-2021 gives a breakdown of the mentorship to be given to the Somali national security forces an gradual withdrawal so that we don’t destabilise the area,” he said. In 2012, KDF along with Somali forces liberated Kismayo and its environs from the Al-Shabaab.
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