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AFRICOM redeploys troops to Somalia

Mogadishu (SD) – The US military command in Africa AFRICOM has re-instated US troops in Somalia to respond to security and safety needs of the United States and Somalia.

“Our first engagement back into Somalia so quickly after the repositioning shows we remain committed to our Somali and regional partners and support their fight against violent extremism,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, Special Operations Command Africa commander.

AFRICOM has previously provided training to Somali security forces and facilitated operations against Al Shabaab.

“Our mission has not changed. We will support our partners no matter where we have a physical presence,” said Anderson. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnerships across the region in our collective fight against extremism.”

The AFRICOM troops traveled from Vicenza, Italy, and back to Somalia.
Former US president Donald Trump has ordered all of the 700 soldiers in Somalia to be evacuated, but the AFRICOM command said it would not stop operations targeting al-Shabaab.

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