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US Dispatches Its Troops to Somalia

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Dozens of US troops have been deployed in Somalia in order to assist the local forces to fight against the al-Shabaab terrorist group.

US Dispatches Its Troops to Somalia

US troops from the Quick Reaction force, supported by the Cobra helicopter, conduct a search operation near Mogadishu’s Medina hospital on July 27, 1993 (AFP / Patrick Baz)

The US has deployed dozens of its troops in Somalia in order to assist the local authorities to fight against terrorists, the Voice of America (VOA) broadcasting station reported on its website on Friday, citing representatives of the Pentagon.

The broadcasting station noted that on April 2, US servicemen arrived to the Somali capital of Mogadishu at a request of the country’s government. It is assumed that their temporary duty will last until the end of September. During this time, they will assist in training and equipping of the local armed forces and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

As official spokesman for the African Command of the US Armed Forces, Pat Barnes, told VOA, US military will carry out a series of activities in the field of security in order to assist its allies and partners.

So far, a group of US advisers, consisting of about 50 people, who have been assisting the local military in the fight against terrorism, was stationed in Somalia.

The broadcasting station noted that the dispatch of US troops to Somalia means a restoration of US military presence in the country after American peacekeeping contingent left it in March 1994. The decision to withdraw the peacekeepers was taken by then US President Bill Clinton after an attack of militants, which killed 18 US soldiers.

In late March, at a request of the Pentagon, US President Donald Trump approved the broadening of powers of the US Armed Forces in the field of assisting to the AMISOM and the Somali security forces to destroy the al-Shabaab terrorist group, which is considered to be a branch of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, in the country.

The conflict in Somalia broke out in the early 1990s and has been continuing to this day. The situation in the African country has recently become of great concern to Washington. This is connected with the fact that young Americans, immigrants from Somali communities, have started to actively visit to extremist camps, operating in their historical homeland. The US authorities fear that they will return back as trained terrorists.

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