New reports state that the Pentagon is drafting plans for President Trump to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops from Somalia.
Approximately 700 U.S. military advisers currently train, equip, and support the Somali Armed Forces’ elite Danab commando unit in the government’s fight against al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab.
The Washington Times’ Lauren Toms has more:
The potential additional drawdown orders, first reported by Reuters, comes just a day after reports surfaced that the president is preparing to withdraw 2,500 American troops from Afghanistan and another 500 from Iraq.
Mr. Trump’s new acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller has stressed that the U.S. must continue its fight against al Qaeda and other extremist groups.
In a weekend memo to Pentagon staff, he said the U.S. is “on the verge of defeating al Qaeda and its associates, but we must avoid our past strategic error of failing to see the fight through to the finish. Indeed, this fight has been long, our sacrifices have been enormous, and many are weary of war — I’m one of them — but this is the critical phase in which we transition our efforts from a leadership to supporting role.”
Somalia has been locked in a violent civil war for nearly three decades, but peacekeeping efforts have taken back control of several key cities from al Shabaab.
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