Epoch Times Africa Reports — Trump to Withdraw Most Troops From Somalia as Part of Global Pullback

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has ordered nearly all American troops to withdraw from Somalia, U.S. officials said on Friday, part of a global pullback by the president that will also see him drawdown forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States has about 700 troops in Somalia focused on helping local forces defeat the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab insurgency. The mission has received little attention in the United States, but has been considered a cornerstone of the Pentagon’s global efforts to combat al-Qaeda. In a statement, the Pentagon sought to play down the implications of the withdrawal. “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.” The United States already pulled out of Somalia’s cities of Bossaso and Galkayo earlier …Africa News | The Epoch TimesRead MoreAfrica, Politics, Trump Administration, US, US News, World, Trump, troops, Somalia, global pullback

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