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Somalia: Trump orders the withdrawal of the “majority” of American troops – Capcov

Outgoing US President Donald Trump has ordered the “majority” of US troops to withdraw from Somalia “by early 2021,” that is, just before his own departure from power, the government said on Friday. Pentagon.

“Some of the forces may be redeployed outside of East Africa. However, the rest of the forces will be repositioned from Somalia to neighboring countries in order to allow cross-border operations by the United States and partner forces, to maintain pressure on violent extremist organizations, ”the United States Department of Defense said in a statement.

Some 700 US special forces soldiers train and advise the Somali army in this Horn of Africa country against the Shebab jihadists, affiliated with Al-Qaeda.

“The United States is not withdrawing from Africa”

“The United States is not withdrawing or disengaging from Africa,” assured the Pentagon. “We will continue to weaken violent extremist organizations that may threaten our territory,” he added, pledging to “retain the capacity to conduct targeted counterterrorism operations in Somalia”. Washington is also committed to continuing its intelligence activities there.

These announcements respond to Donald Trump’s wish to disengage the US Army from its main theaters of foreign operations and to “end America’s endless wars”, in unison with much of public opinion. Since Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election, the Republican billionaire, although he has still not admitted defeat, has been trying to speed up the withdrawal of several countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq, before the handover of power on January 20.

The shebabs remain a significant threat in Somalia and in the region, as the Inspector General of the Pentagon further affirmed in a very recent report. The group “continues to adapt, to resist, and remains capable of attacking Western interests and their partners in Somalia and East Africa,” he noted.

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