The Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) will exit Somalia in 2018 alongside other AMISOM troops, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Francisco Caetano said in Nairobi.
Somalia's army, SNA, will have soldiers deployed in the sectors that the 4000 Kenya army troops controls in Southern regions of Somalia (Juba and Gedo).
The pullout of the Kenya Defense Forces, though highly anticipated at home, may not materialize due to the evolution of the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabaab Mujahideen.
The group has recaptured new strategically valuable territories in Central Somalia, acquired modern weaponry after raiding AMISOM bases and from Yemen based AQIP.
This poses a significant threat to the SNA which has had difficulties holding or capturing territory from Al-Shabaab terrorists.
AMISOM may be forced to be around longer to ensure the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Al-Shabaab Mujahideen (HSM) is weak enough to be left for SNA to vanquish.