AFRICOM: US Troops Leaving Somalia, Will Stay in East Africa

Troops will move to other parts of East Africa

AFRICOM chief Gen. Stephen Townsend issued a statement Saturday reporting that US troops will be leaving Somalia, and moving to other bases in East Africa. There are about 700 troops involved.

Though he was vague on where the troops are going, existing East Africa bases necessarily means either Kenya or Djibouti. Townsend insists the US will remain engaged in the region.

In the long run, those troops will probably move beyond AFRICOM, as most of the military wants to shift its focus deeper toward Russia and China. These troops are likely to be part of a new Asia pivot.

The Trump Administration saw the US return to the ground in Somalia decades after its pullout in the Clinton Administration. Little was accomplished, but the US carried out a lot of airstrikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

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