AMISON end game in Somalia not in sight as Al Shabaab intensifies attacks

In this photo released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team Thursday Aug.18, 2011, a Burundian soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) mans a forward position facing the minuret of a mosque in northern Mogadishu near the old cigarette and match factory where AMISOM have estblished a new position following the sudden departure from the Somali capital of the insurgent extremist group Al Shabaab two weeks ago. Although still in control of large swathes of central and southern Somalia, Al Shabaab's overnight withdrawal was in part due to string of military offensives this year by AMISOM and the forces of the UN-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) which has seen them take strategic and tactical positions and areas of the capital that is now almost all under TFG and AMISOM contro (AP Photo/ AU-UN IST/ STUART PRICE.)

The African Union Mission in Somalia has made significant strides despite continued Al Shabaab attacks slowing its progress. However, after eight years in Somalia, it is high time that the AU made its exit plan known. NAIROBI, Kenya—Six African countries are currently contributing troops to AMISOM’s military component to pacify…

Antony Langat

Anthony Langat is a freelance journalist based in Kenya and specializes in reporting on human rights issues, governance, security and climate change.