US deploys hundreds of troops in Somalia again, Biden leaves Trump line | NOW

The United States is stationing several hundred soldiers in Somalia, authorities confirm to news agency Reuters† With this, Washington hopes to assist President-elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Sunday in his fight against the Islamist terrorist group Al Shabaab.

President Joe Biden agreed to his defense secretary Lloyd Austin’s request to “facilitate a more effective fight against Al Shabaab,” a senior government official said.

Somalia has been struggling with clashes and clashes between clans since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. Until President Donald Trump recalled them in December 2020, about 700 US troops assisted the Somali army in the fight against the Al Queda-linked Al Shabaab.

Americans do not participate in combat

“This is a redeployment of troops already in the area and traveling in and out of Somalia on an occasional basis,” White House press officer Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

The Pentagon said the troops will not participate in combat operations but will work to train, advise and equip Somali forces.

Al Shabaab wants to overthrow the Somali government and establish his own rule in Somalia, based on his strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. In the fight against the central government in Mogadishu, the rebel group regularly carries out bomb attacks.

Huge incentive for new president

“It’s good news that US troops are on the ground and that the fight against terrorism can resume,” said American-trained Colonel Ahmed Sheikh, former commander of Somalia’s elite Danab Special Forces unit.

“This will be a huge boost for the new president – he has a big task ahead of him,” he added. Former Somali leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud won the presidency again on Sunday in a vote by MPs.