The UN Security Council delayed a plan to reduce the uniformed strength of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) when it passed Resolution 2431 on 30 July.
The plan was to reduce AMISOM by 1,000 troops from its authorised strength of 20,626 by 30 October, but the resolution said this had to be delayed until 28 February 2019 due to insufficient training. It said it might be possible to accelerate the withdrawal, depending on improvements in the capabilities of the 10,900-strong Somali National Security Forces (SNSF), but stressed there would be no further delay in AMISOM’s reduction beyond the end of February.
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