The Dangers of Trump’s Hasty Troop Withdrawal From Somalia

A U.S. Army sniper stands guard during an unloading operation at an unidentified location in Somalia, June 28, 2020 (photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa via AP Images).
A U.S. Army sniper stands guard during an unloading operation at an unidentified location in Somalia, June 28, 2020 (photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa via AP Images).
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In a nod to his campaign promise to end U.S. participation in conflicts abroad, outgoing President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of American troops from Somalia last week. The announcement came a week after Trump’s acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller, capped a whirlwind Middle East tour on Nov. 27 with a three-hour stop in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. Under the Pentagon’s new reduction plan, nearly all of the 700 special operations forces currently deployed in Somalia are expected to leave on Jan. 15—just five days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration—with many of them redeploying to Kenya. The withdrawal complicates Somalia’s efforts […]

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