Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of the “majority” American troops from Somalia “by early 2021”, that is to say just before his own departure from power, the Pentagon announced Friday, December 4. “Some of the forces may be redeployed outside East Africa. However, the rest of the forces will be repositioned from Somalia to neighboring countries to allow cross-border operations by the United States and partner forces, for keep the pressure on violent extremist organizations “the US Department of Defense said in a statement.
Some 700 US special forces soldiers train and advise the Somali army in the Horn of Africa country against the Shebab jihadists, affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
“The United States is not withdrawing or disengaging from Africa”, assured the Pentagon. “We will continue to weaken the violent extremist organizations that may threaten our territory”, he added, promising to “maintain the capacity to conduct targeted counterterrorism operations in Somalia”. Washington is also committed to continuing its intelligence activities there.
These announcements respond to Donald Trump’s wish to disengage the US Army from its main theaters of foreign operations and “end endless wars” of America, in unison with much of public opinion.
Since Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election, the Republican billionaire, although he has still not admitted defeat, has been trying to speed up the withdrawal of several countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq, before the handover of power on January 20.