Trump Waits Until 3 Weeks Before the Election to Remember He Wants to Cut Troops in Somalia

After he surged and escalated that war

Bloomberg published a story on Wednesday that cited anonymous sources who said President Trump is looking to withdraw hundreds of US troops from Somalia, a war the administration has significantly escalated since 2017.

The sources said the Pentagon has begun drafting plans for the president, and discussions have involved Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the US currently has 700 troops in Somalia. Mostly special forces who train Somalia’s army. Most of these troops were sent to the African country by President Trump, according to the Bloomberg story.

The US is engaged in Somalia as part of its war against the militant group al-Shabaab. In 2017, President Trump loosened the rules of engagement for the drone war and his administration has dropped a record number of bombs on Somalia.

In 2019, the US conducted 63 airstrikes in Somalia, the most in a single year. The first seven months of 2020 saw more US airstrikes in Somalia than were conducted during both the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, combined.

The war in Somalia is extremely underreported, and it is tough to know how damaging it has been to the civilians on the ground. US Africa Command usually claims its airstrikes only kill militants and only occasionally have to admit to civilian deaths if there is enough outcry.

Source: Antiwar.com

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didactic1
didactic1
2 months ago

Where has left progressive Somali American Congressperson Ilhan Omar been, or her well known friends in Congress The Squad. Or the shuffling “Black Caucus”?

Hypocrites, as are the Ford and Gates funded Phony Blacks Matter?

Not even a benefit from John Legend and Alicia Keyes? Zionist lackeys.

Mary E
2 months ago

What in the hell is the US military doing in Africa to begin with?? The US inserts itself into countries and regions that do not want its military near their lands…but it continues to invade and occupy…is there no end? When will China take their military into these areas of Africa to protect their investments? Ah, yes, that is why the US is there! Because China is there building infrastructure for the Africans with huge amounts of money…in a win-win situation…the US just can’t tolerate being beaten – in any way. But they are beaten – on every level. Dumb Bastards.

cechas vodobenikov
cechas vodobenikov
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary E

china has 1 military base in Africa–djbouti
USA has military bases in more than half of African nations

Saint Jimmy (Russian American)
Saint Jimmy (Russian American)
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary E

The US inserts itself into countries and regions that do not want its military near their lands…

THAT IS WHAT EMPIRES DO. THEY STEAL AND ROB AT GUNPOINT FOR MONEY.

YOU, Mary, are an imperial citizen but that doesn’t count for much. At least Roman citizens got some kick ass art and architecture.

Anti-Empire