- The mission of the American forces is to support the Somali government in the fight against the terrorist group Al-Shabab.
- “While a change in force posture, this action is not a change in U.S. policy,”
- US troops will leave Afghanistan by Christmas
President Trump has decided to withdraw his troops from Somalia. He had previously ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a Pentagon statement, most of the troops stationed in Somalia are scheduled to leave the country by the beginning of 2021.
The Pentagon statement did not say what the current number of US troops in Somalia would be, but media outlets reported about 700.
The mission of the American forces is to support the Somali government in the fight against the terrorist group Al-Shabab. This Sunni group has been fighting for power in this country for many years and dominates parts of the center and south of the country.
“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 counter terrorism operations in Somalia, and collect early warnings and indicators regarding threats to the homeland.”
According to the Pentagon, part of the force may be relocated to other locations in Africa and possibly neighboring Somalia, but no final decision has been made yet. Trump opposes the deployment of American troops abroad.
In mid-November, Trump ordered the withdrawal of some US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. The number of people in these units will be reduced to about 2,500 by mid-January 2021.
According to the Wall Street Journal, US troops are to be transferred from Somalia to Kenya and Djibouti. “The United States will continue to be involved in the fight against terrorism in Somalia,” the Pentagon said.
US Troops Will Leave Afghanistan by Christmas
During his election campaign, Donald Trump has promised to withdraw the remaining US troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year. The details of the early departure plan for these soldiers are not yet clear.
US President Donald Trump announced the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. Trump had already announced in mid-September that US troops should be reduced to less than 4,000.
The war in Afghanistan has lasted 19 years and is the longest war in US history. US troops have been in Afghanistan since 2001. The US military invasion of Afghanistan took place after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In late February, the United States signed an agreement with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, to allow the gradual withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan and end the 19-year war with the Taliban.
In response, the Taliban pledged to participate in inter-Afghan talks and begin peace talks with the Afghan government.
In early August, the United States informed its NATO allies of a plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. U.S. officials said at the time that the country wanted to reduce its staff to less than 5,000 by the end of November.
The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan was one of Donald Trump’s promises in the previous round of presidential elections. Trump has now said that he wants to bring American troops back to the country by Christmas and keep his promise. There are currently about 8,600 US troops in Afghanistan.