Washington (SD) – Unites States President Donald Trump has ordered the US Department of Defense and AFRICOM to withdraw troops from Somalia early next year.
About 700 US troops are in Somalia, battling al-Shabab, ISIS, and supporting Somali and AMISOM forces.
The troops will be deployed to Somalia’s neighboring countries in East Africa, while others will be deployed outside Africa, according to the pentagon.
“As a result of this decision, some forces may be reassigned outside of East Africa,” the statement said.
Adding that “the remaining forces will be repositioned from Somalia into neighboring countries in order to allow cross-border operations by both U.S. and partner forces to maintain pressure against violent extremist organizations operating in Somalia.”
The United States has said it will continue operations against al-Shabab, and troops will be deployed to bases in Djibouti and Kenya to take part in cracking down on extremists.
The security implications of Trump decision are unknown, with the United States providing support to the Somali National Army and training and logistics.
The Pentagon says it will still be able to carry out targeted counter-terrorism operations in Somalia, and collect threat information and prevent preliminary warnings and potential threats to the United States.
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