Somalia to Receive Military aid from the United States to help Counter Extremist Group al-Shabab
The troops being sent over will total no more than 500 and will not directly engage in combat...
More Americans are headed for war with the already looming threat of war in Eastern Europe as President Biden has signed an order which redeploys U.S. troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.
The troops won’t be directly sent into Somalia at the start of their campaign with the plan being that troops will position elsewhere in Africa to train and provide other support to the already fighting Somali forces.
Just when you thought America was out of the fight against Islamic extremists, the announcement sends reminders that we are not. National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson stated the decision is meant "to maximize the safety and effectiveness of our forces and enable them to provide more efficient support to our partners.”
The troops being sent over will total no more than 500, so it isn’t like we are sending over a massive slew of soldiers. It is being reported that they will not engage in direct combat either and will work with Somali forces to provide security to personnel from the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development as they work with the government.
In late January 2021, ex-President Trump withdrew nearly 700 troops from Somalia as he claimed they were aiding in “endless wars.”
Lloyd Austin, the United States Defense Secretary, is said to have requested the deployment "to reestablish a persistent U.S. military presence in Somalia to enable a more effective fight against al-Shabaab, which has increased in strength and poses a heightened threat."
More than a dozen Americans have been killed in East Africa by al-Shabab. The rebel group has also made territorial gains against Somalia’s federal government in recent months reversing the gains of the African Union peacekeepers who have pushed the militants into remote areas.
In 1992, American soldiers were deployed in Somalia to help with the national famine which was a mission lasting until 1994 after the “Black Hawk Down” debacle in late 1993.
American soldiers deployed there in 1992 to stave off a national famine on a peacekeeping mission that lasted until their 1994 withdrawal — about five months after the humiliating "Black Hawk Down" debacle in late 1993 when Somali militiamen shot down two U.S. helicopters; 18 servicemen were killed in the crash and subsequent rescue attempt.