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Trump Orders Most Troops to Withdraw from Somalia; Pentagon Bureaucrats Openly Defy Orders

'U.S. forces will remain in the region and our tasks and commitment to partners remain unchanged...'

(Headline USA) The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump‘s orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in endless foreign wars.

Without providing details, the Pentagon said in a short statement that “a majority” of U.S. troops and assets in Somalia will be withdrawn in early 2021.

There are currently about 700 troops in that Horn of Africa nation, training and advising local forces in an extended fight against the extremist group al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaida.

Trump recently ordered troop drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he was expected to withdraw some or all troops from Somalia.

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Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had said on Wednesday that the future structure of the U.S. military presence in Somalia was still in debate.

The adjusted U.S. presence, Milley said, would amount to “a relatively small footprint, relatively low cost in terms of number of personnel and in terms of money.”

He provided no specifics but stressed that the U.S. remained concerned about the threat posed by al-Shabab, which he called “an extension of al-Qaida.”

“They do have some reach and they could if left unattended conduct operations against not only U.S. interests in the region but also against the homeland,” he said. “So they require attention.”

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Noting that Somalia remains a dangerous place for Americans, he said that a CIA officer was killed there recently.

The acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, made a brief visit to Somalia last week and met with U.S. troops.

Depending on what remains of the U.S. presence in Somalia when he takes office Jan. 20, President-elect Joe Biden could reverse Trump’s drawdown or make other adjustments to reflect his commitment to supporting the military industrial complex.

The U.S. military also has a presence in neighboring Djibouti on the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, head of U.S. Africa Command, said in a written statement that the U.S. contingent in Somalia will “decrease significantly,” but he offered no specifics.

“U.S. forces will remain in the region and our tasks and commitment to partners remain unchanged,” he said.

“This action is not a withdrawal and an end to our efforts but a reposition to continue our efforts in East Africa,” he added.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.

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