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Title: Biden sending US Troops Back to Somalia, Reversing Trump Pullout
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URL Source: https://nypost.com/2022/05/16/biden ... malia-reversing-trump-pullout/
Published: May 16, 2022
Author: Steven Nelson
Post Date: 2022-05-16 22:12:21 by 3-Dee
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Comments: 3

President Biden signed off this month on a plan returning US troops to Somalia — and reversing former President Donald Trump’s pullout of roughly 700 troops from the East African country.

Biden authorized a “persistent” US military presence in the East African country, with an estimated cap of 500 Americans, a US official said Monday on a White House-organized call. The move was first reported by the New York Times.

The troops will help Somalia’s fledgling government fight the al-Shabaab militant group, which is affiliated with al Qaeda.

“We are proud, first and foremost, to be supporting the Somalis’ own efforts to rebuild their own state and we are working closely with other international partners,” the US official said before side-stepping a reporter’s question about the possibility of US troops fighting a “forever” war in the country — a concept against which both Biden and Trump campaigned.

Africa Union (AU) soldiers man a security cordon during a complete lockdown of the entire city due to the presidential election in, Mogadishu on May 15, 2022. - Somali lawmakers began voting in the country's long-overdue presidential election on May 15n 2022, with dozens of candidates vying for the top job in the troubled Horn of Africa nation as it battles an Islamist insurgency and the threat of famine.

The latest deployment is likely to be met with bipartisan support — and opposition.

Africa Union (AU) forces secure the voting venue amidst a lockdown of Mogadishu for the presidential elections, Mogadishu, Somalia, 15 May 2022. Voting got underway at Mogadishu's fortified airport only involving the country's 329 members of parliament. Following long delays presidential elections got underway with 39 registered presidential candidates including the incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. White House National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said the deployment would allow for “a more effective fight against Al Shabab."

“This is a step that rationalizes what was essentially an irrational arrangement that we inherited,” he replied. “It was irrational because it created unnecessary and elevated risk to US forces as they moved in and out of the country on a rotational basis.”

In December of 2020, Trump ordered US troops to withdraw from Somalia and the Pentagon said the exit had been completed days before Biden took office in January 2021.

On Monday, the US official slammed Trump for removing troops in the first place.

Soldiers parade in front of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed at the ministry of defense in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, April 12, 2022. President Biden signed an order earlier this month that will allow the Pentagon to once again deploy troops to Somalia.

AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh

“Against the advice of senior US military leadership, the previous administration had directed the withdrawal of approximately 750 US military personnel from Somalia. It was an abrupt and sudden transition to a rotational presence,” the official said.

The “rotational” use of special operations troops as needed resulted in “loses [of] time when our operators can be doing the work we want them to do with partners to address terrorist threats,” he said.

“Restoring a persistent US military presence will help to increase the security and the freedom of movement for other personnel such as State Department and USAID colleagues as they conduct critical diplomatic and development missions,” the official added.”The president made this decision to increase the safety and effectiveness of our special operators who have spent the past year-plus since the last administration’s decision moving in and out of Somalia episodically.”

Africa Union (AU) soldiers man a security cordon during a complete lockdown of the entire city due to the presidential election in, Mogadishu on May 15, 2022

US troops have fought Islamic extremists in Somalia since the George W. Bush administration.

Biden is redeploying troops to Somalia despite holding firm to a pledge to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan after two decades of US occupation. He did not change course even as the Taliban reclaimed control of the country in the final weeks of the US presence.

“I’m now the fourth American president to preside over [the] war in Afghanistan — two Democrats and two Republicans. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth president,” Biden said in August of last year when the nation’s fall to the Islamist group became clear.

The latest deployment is likely to be met with bipartisan support — and opposition. Party leaders in Congress generally favor US military deployments, while left-wing Democrats, libertarians and some conservative Republicans favor a more restrained global US role.

Somali military soldiers loyal to Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble take positions outside the Aden Adde International Airport where members of the Lower House of Parliament are meeting to elect a speaker, in Mogadishu, Somalia, April 27, 2022.

Biden is redeploying troops to Somalia despite holding firm to a pledge to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan after two decades of US occupation.

US troops have fought Islamic extremists in Somalia since the George W. Bush administration and before that famously intervened in the country’s civil war, with 19 US troops killed in a 1993 operation that inspired the film “Black Hawk Down.”

Executive branch officials say the US intervention in Somalia is legal under the Authorization for Use of Military Force that Congress passed three days after the 9/11 attacks. However, al-Shabaab became affiliated with al Qaeda in 2012 and critics argue the 2001 AUMF does not cover Somalia.

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#1. To: 3-Dee (#0) (Edited)

Somalia. There's nothing IN Somalia but death. Pointless death. Every decision Biden makes is as bad as the next. Troops to Estonia? Yes. To Taiwan? Sure. But Somalia? WHY?

Vicomte13  posted on  2022-05-17   7:53:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Vicomte13 (#1)

But Somalia? WHY?

It provides another distraction from everything else that is going on.

Plus, the present administration seems to be undoing much of what the previous administration set out to do. A rivalry.

Military involvement is very costly. It will help get the country further in debt.

3-Dee  posted on  2022-05-17   15:47:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: 3-Dee (#2)

Costly and stupid. There's nothing in Somalia but sand, poor people, disease, starvation and death. Why bother?

Vicomte13  posted on  2022-05-17   16:35:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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