The US President has started the process of withdrawing the troops stationed in different countries, now he ordered to withdraw US troops from Somalia.
After Iraq and Afghanistan, US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of troops from the country which is the part of the troubled corner of the world’s poorest continent. Seven hundred US troops are stationed in Somalia. The deployment is intended to bolster the Somali military’s efforts to control the violent activities of the al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabab.
Major terrorist attack in Somalia
Earlier, President Trump announced the withdrawal of a large number of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, while reducing the number of troops stationed there. Trump has been constantly talking about the withdrawal of his troops and now this decision is a continuation of those statements. Trump’s plan calls for halving the number of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
US military mission in Somalia
Significantly, the Somali mission has not received much attention from the American public and analysts, but it is important to the Department of Defense. The Somali mission is also seen as an important chapter in the Pentagon’s international military operations against al Qaeda and its network.
In Somalia and neighbouring countries, the terrorist organization Al-Shabab has created an atmosphere of fear and panic with its bloody attacks. The US military was responsible for aiding and abetting the Somali military against the group’s militants.
Withdrawal from Somalia and deployment to neighbouring countries
The presidential order to withdraw US troops from Somalia states that some troops will be stationed in the troubled country’s neighbouring countries so that they can cross the border to help the Somali army in the event of a military operation. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Mark Esper, who was fired as Secretary of Defense in November this year, as opposed to the withdrawal of US troops from Somalia. In addition, US military inspectors opposed the evacuation plan. The next deployment of troops to leave Somalia will be at a time when Trump is stepping down from the presidency. President-elect Joe Biden will take office on January 20 next year.
Withdrawal of troops is not a change in policy
The Pentagon has announced that the new deployment of troops and equipment to Somalia will be completed in early 2012 and will not change US policy toward the country. The announcement said there was no prospect of a change in policy to control violent extremism as it could have a negative impact on the US domestic situation.
According to the Pentagon, the strategic advantage achieved so far will not be lost under any circumstances. On the other hand, experts say that the withdrawal of US troops from Somalia is likely to upset the balance of power in the country and could promote armed militancy in the Horn of Africa.