The Pentagon has issued a statement denying weekend reports that they are planning to scale back operations
in Somalia. Officials say they have no plans to cut back any of the
strikes they are carrying out in that nation and will continue to
support the Somali government.
After spending 2018 escalating airstrikes across Somalia, reports began emerging on Friday tht the Pentagon was pushing to dial things back a bit, on the grounds that they were running out of targets.
Now, Pentagon officials are saying those reports are untrue. Since most US airstrikes in Somalia just hit groups of five or more people in areas not controlled by the government, it seems there are still plenty of targets.
That doesn’t mean it’s not true, however. The Pentagon had similarly dismissed the idea of a drawdown in Afghanistan as a “rumor,” and it has subsequently been confirmed that the administration is considering such a drawdown after all.
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