The US government has vehemently opposed the UN directive for a phased withdrawal of African Peacekeepers under AMISOM starting next month. The US believes that the timing for departure is not right seeing as the threat posed by the al Shabaab seems to be still imminent.
The US State Department has warned that extremism could escalate in the region if the withdrawal goes through, especially now that Al Shabaab has increased the number of suicide bombings such as the October 14 attack in Mogadishu that killed over 300.
The US has further maintained that it is willing and ready to keep providing training, equipment, logistics, and advisory support in order to build a Somali force capable of operating alongside, and eventually replacing, the African Union Mission.
While AMISOM still maintains that they will continue with the withdrawal they have drawn up plans that will equip the SNA troops with skills that will create a sustainable security force.
Amisom launched a massive operation on November 6 to flush out Al Shabaab militants from Lower Shabelle and secure main supply routes in the area.