March 4, 2021

Trump orders drawdown of troops in Somalia

Even though President Donald Trump and his administration are in the midst of waging election-related legal battles across the country, that hasn’t stopped him from coming through on his promise to protect U.S. military troops and keep them out of harm’s way whenever possible.

According to The Hill, the Commander in Chief gave the order to the Pentagon to withdraw almost all U.S. military troops who are currently stationed in Somalia, a maneuver that the Department of Defense says will be completed sometime early in the new year.

The Pentagon said in an official statement Friday that the president “has ordered the Department of Defense and the United States Africa Command to reposition the majority of personnel and assets out of Somalia by early 2021.”

U.S. troops had originally been deployed to the area to train local military and police so that they would have the capabilities to stem the growth of the terrorist organizations al-Shabab and the Islamic State. U.S. forces were also able to carry out airstrikes against those terrorist forces.

While a bulk of U.S. troops will be pulled out of the area, some will “will be repositioned from Somalia into neighboring countries in order to allow cross-border operations by both U.S. and partner forces to maintain pressure against violent extremist organizations operating in Somalia,” the Department of Defense said.

Not surprisingly, Trump’s decision to pull our troops came under fire from inspectors general in several government agencies, as they argued that Somalian forces aren’t yet ready to handle dangerous terrorist organizations on their own at this point.

“Somalia’s security forces are unable to contain the threat from Al-Shabaab and ISIS-Somalia, which poses a smaller but still potent threat, without significant international support,” the inspectors general wrote in a joint report.

According to BBC, the Pentagon responded with assurance that the United States will still have the capabilities to counter the terrorists forces when need be.

“We will continue to degrade violent extremist organisations that could threaten our homeland while ensuring we maintain our strategic advantage in great power competition,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

 

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17 Responses

    1. Where in the article did it say that troops were being sent back home? The article says they will be repositioned to neighboring countries.

    1. Best idea I have heard this year. Will they take here relatives, boyfriend and the rest of her squad, too?

      1. And all of the demonrats who want to turn America into a communist nation, including biden. schiff, shumer and on and on…

    2. A very good idea, except our troops aren’t coming home. They are being repositioned to neighboring countries according to the article.

  1. Thank Nancy Pelosi for standing fast all these years smoking pot while the rest of the population voted to make and keep it illegal. Pot is for every working man and woman. It makes you feel better and doesn’t really hurt you (we don’t think it does anyway). While Trump is telling us the media is “Fake Media”, Nancy is taking the high road and telling us “Progressive Potheads Rule”. It’s a wonderful story of one woman’s single handed courage to take on the millions of people (a handful of democrats too) who think they’re above the new law.

  2. THEY are STEALING the election from TRUMP 😨😑😑😑😑STAND up AMERICA πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘

  3. Keep praying, & believing, God is in control, the plan is in the works, just be patient. What has been in the dark, will be brought into the light, for all the world to see. God Bless America, God Bless our President, & God Bless All Americans.

  4. Reposition some, some come home…just rotate fairly. I always wonder, no matter which country we go to with the plan of “training”, why does it take training so many years? They are not learning, they are using our sons and daughters, all other relatives to fight their battles!

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