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Kenya to Reduce Troops in Somalia's Kismayo

FILE - A boy looks on as Kenya Defense Force (KDF) soldiers, serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), patrol the streets of Somalia's Kismayo town in lower Juba region, February 26, 2013. FILE - A boy looks on as Kenya Defense Force (KDF) soldiers, serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), patrol the streets of Somalia's Kismayo town in lower Juba region, February 26, 2013.
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FILE - A boy looks on as Kenya Defense Force (KDF) soldiers, serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), patrol the streets of Somalia's Kismayo town in lower Juba region, February 26, 2013.
FILE - A boy looks on as Kenya Defense Force (KDF) soldiers, serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), patrol the streets of Somalia's Kismayo town in lower Juba region, February 26, 2013.
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Kenyan troops will reduce their presence in the Somali city of Kismayo, after Somalia's government complained the troops were interfering with its attempts to assert authority.

A senior Kenyan military official told VOA on Friday that Kenya is handing over its security duties in Kismayo to forces from Sierra Leone.

The official, who did not want to be named, said only about 200 Kenyan troops would remain in the port city. The official also said Burundi was sending forces to Kismayo.

Kenya sent forces into Somalia in 2011 to help the country fight the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab, after al-Shabab carried out a series of bombings and kidnapping in Kenya.

The militant group at one point controlled large parts of Somalia, including Kismayo, but was pushed out of major cities by African Union forces and the Somali government.

The Kenyan troops have been providing security in Kismayo as part of the multi-nation AU force.

Kenya and Somalia have been at odds over the administration of Kismayo and its lucrative port. Kenyan troops have been accused of backing one militia against others in deadly fighting there.

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by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
February 01, 2014 3:25 AM
Mogadishu Government should not be engaging new squabbles against Kenyan's search for enough room to manoeuver in and around Kismayo. It should be known to us that Kenyan troops crossed our border solely to safeguard their own interests, not to save Somalia from itself. If Somali government wants to assert their authority in Jubbaland, it should do so through amicable negotiation, understanding and cooperation with local people and Kenyan officials. Xamar government should also establish brotherly relationship with other autonomous semi-republic regions such as the republic of Somaliland, soon-to-be republics of Puntland, Hiiraanland, Benadirland, Jasiiraland and Habertey-Haberteyland.

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by: Carreys Warfaa from: Jilib, Somalia
February 01, 2014 10:02 PM
Kenya attacked Somalia and wants to make Jubbaland as Kenyan territory. They have taken NFD away from us and now they want Jubbaland also.
Kenya and Ethiopia agreed to divide Somalia and rule.
All foreign military should leave Somalia

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