Donald Trump approves order to get United States troops out of Somalia

Donald Trump approves order to get United States troops out of Somalia

- America America is estimated to have about 700 soldiers in Somalia

- The forces have been playing an integral role in helping local forces combat the al Shabaab

- Trump's move to recall them is likely to weaken the solid security mechanisms that had been enforced in the war-torn country

- The Republican leader has as issued similar orders in Iraq and Afghanistan

- This has been seen by analysts as part of his global pullback as he prepares to leave office in January

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President Donald Trump has ordered nearly all American soldiers in Somalia to pull out of the mission.

President Donald Trump. Photo: Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump. Photo: Donald Trump.
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The move by the embattled leader of the US is seen as part of his global pullback as he prepares to leave office in January after being floored by President-elect Joe Biden.

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America is estimated to have about 700 soldiers in Somalia who have been playing an integral role in helping local forces combat the al Shabaab.

Their recall by President Trump is likely to weaken the solid security mechanisms that had been enforced in the war-torn country.

Security experts and local leaders in Somalia have called on America to rethink the decision, warning the drawdown was likely to embolden terrorists.

“While a change in force posture, this action is not a change in U.S. policy,” the Pentagon said.
“The U.S. will retain the capability to conduct targeted counterterrorism operations in Somalia, and collect early warnings and indicators regarding threats to the homeland.”

According to BBC, some of the troops would be moved to neighbouring countries for cross-border operations.

Trump has issued similar orders to reduce US soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is worth noting the Republican leader's decision to recall American troops from Somalia came barely a month after he fired the US defence secretary Mark Esper.

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Esper is reported to have been a proponent of the US forces sticking in the African country to help restore order.

The United States already pulled out of Somalia’s cities of Bossaso and Galkayo earlier 2019.

In October 2011, Kenyan troops joined the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to boost the fight against terrorism.

On several occasions, the Kenyan government has been under pressure to withdraw the soldiers from the neighbouring country especially after witnessing some retaliatory attacks in Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has, however, maintained the soldiers would remain in Mogadishu until peace is restored.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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