Biden set to redeploy U.S. troops to Somalia, reversing Trump withdrawal
US soldiers are seen at the observation point for the African Lion military exercise, which took place in Tan-Tan in southwest Morocco. It was held on June 18, 2021.
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WASHINGTON — A senior official in the administration confirmed that President Joe Biden authorized a plan to send U.S. forces to Somalia.
In light of concerns that al-Shabab might soon be a bigger threat in the region, the former president Donald Trump reversed his order to withdraw U.S. troops from 2020.
Officials said U.S. troops overseas would relocate to Somalia. It wasn’t immediately known how many ground forces would be relocated to the war-torn region.
The New York Times first reported the move, cited unnamed officials saying several hundred troops would be deployed. The Times reported also that Biden signed the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s proposal earlier in this month.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for new updates.