The State Department cited the January 2016 attack on Kenyan AMISOM
troops in El Adde, Somalia.
Abdi said AMISOM
countries -- Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti -- are caught in a difficult situation.
Its job is to look forward to the equipment and gear needs for the troop-contributing countries and then meet those needs of the AMISOM
troops fighting in their sector.
has grown from an initial deployment of 1,500 Ugandan soldiers in 2007 to a multinational African force of over 21,000 soldiers, with troops from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Uganda (Sierra Leone withdrew its battalion of troops in early 2015).
The initial mandate of AMISOM
was six months long, but 10 years later the mission is still alive.
Getachew, however, said AMISOM
troops were not affected and neither were all non-AMISOM
forces being withdrawn.
However, finding troop contingents to join the mission proved to be extremely difficult and it wasn't until December 2007 that the first AMISOM
troops were deployed.
There was no immediate comment from the African Union's AMISOM
force, made up of African nations supporting Somalia's Western-backed government in its fight against the al Qaeda-linked militants.
Al-Shabaab usually exaggerates the death toll of their attacks, while AMISOM
rarely gives the exact numbers.
The headquarters, located within the high-security compound of Mogadishu airport which also houses several embassies, was successfully repulsed, the AU force known as AMISOM
As a member of AMISOM
(African Union Mission in Somalia), a peacekeeping mission composed of several African states, Kenya has helped the fragile Somali government in containing Al Shabab.
plans include greater military engagement and new funds for training and assistance for the Somali National Army (SNA), after years of working with the African Union Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM
, which has about 22,000 troops in the country from Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia.