NAIROBI (SD) – The United States (US) government dispatched senior officials to Somalia and Horn of African region to enhance war against Al-Shabaab.
In a statement, the White House said assistant to the President for Homeland Security Dr. Liz Sherwood-Randall, USAFRICOM Commander General Stephen Townsend, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Chris Maier visited Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya this past week.
“The trip focused on advancing the Biden Administration’s counterterrorism policy in an evolving threat landscape,” the statement reads in part.
The aim of the trip was also prioritizing the most dangerous and ascendant threats; empowering local partners to prevent and counter terrorist threats within their own borders.
” (The visit) aimed at working multilaterally with regional and international allies and partners to pursue our broader security, governance, and development goals across the region,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the delegation also travelled to Niger, the primary hub for U.S. and European counterterrorism efforts in the Sahel region.
They visited U.S. air bases in Agadez and Niamey where American forces work with Nigerien partners to disrupt security threats and support hostage recovery efforts.