The UN Security Council on Thursday voted unanimously for a new African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia, where Al-Shabaab insurgents have been seeking to overthrow the fragile government for more than a decade. In an article published on the News Blog page of the Future Media website the AFP news agency reports that under the approved resolution, the new mission is projected to gradually decrease staffing levels from nearly 20,000 soldiers, police and civilians to zero by the end of 2024. The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia will meanwhile work to enable Somali forces to take responsibility for security, replacing the current AMISOM mission, whose mandate was set to expire on Thursday.
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