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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UN Leaves Somalia to Warlords

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- The peacekeepers are gone, and, two years after the United Nations mission began, warlords, once again, are in charge in Somalia.

U.S. marines Thursday escorted the last UN peacekeepers from Mogadishu's shores to waiting warships, quietly ending the two-year, $2 billion intervention.

The move of 1,500 American and 350 Italian marines from a small beach cove back to their ships ended ahead of schedule at 12:59 a.m. Friday.

During the final withdrawal, the Marines exchanged fire with Somali gunmen several times.

The U.S. commanding officer, Lieutenant General Anthony Zinni, indicated at least four Somalis died in the clash.

Five Somalis were killed by Marines before the final withdrawal began.