July 7, 2022
U.S. soldiers assigned to the East Africa Response Force participate in an emergency deployment exercise at the U.S. Embassy, Mogadishu, Somalia, April 20, 2022. (Staff Sgt. Alysia Blake/Air Force)

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US President Biden orders hundreds of Special Forces to Somalia

United States President Joe Biden has ordered hundreds of special forces troops to Somalia, Monday to fight the Islamist terror group al Shabab. Biden’s decision reverses former President Donald Trump’ s order to evacuate 700 troops from Somalia during the last days of his presidency.

U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Andres, infantryman assigned to Task Force Guardian, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 1-186th Infantry Battalion, Oregon National Guard, provides security for a 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) C-130J Super Hercules during unloading and loading operations in Somalia on February 6, 2020. Image by U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano. Somalia, 2020.

“President Biden has approved a request from the Secretary of Defense to reestablish a persistent U.S. military presence in Somalia to enable a more effective fight against al Shabaab,” a White House staffer told Reuters. Army General Stephen Townsend, commanding general of US Africa Command had warned Congress back in March that US troops “commuting to work” to Somalia from bases in Kenya and Djibouti to attack terrorists in Somalia was getting more dangerous even though remote drone fires on the enemy worked.

“This is a repositioning of forces already in theater who have traveled in and out of Somalia on an episodic basis since the previous administration made the decision to withdraw,” the official added. Special Forces Africa Command(SOCA) partners with the Somali Danab Lightning Brigade to fight al Shabab the most effective wing of Al Qaida an Islamist group that seeks to overthrow the Mogadishu government and establish sharia law.

The new mission will include training local Somali forces and assisting the Danab Brigade in ground operations “to try and dislodge Shabab from what is a significant amount of territory that it purports to govern and hold.” The White House added.

Nobody knows how many African countries American special forces operate in. It all remains classified but a Mail and Guardian investigation revealed that SOCA comprising of Army Green Berets, Rangers, Delta Force, Navy Seals and Marine Recon operate in Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania and Tunisia. Thus making Africa second to the Middle East when it comes to American bases.

Source Africom/Reuters/Mail and Guardian/

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