US deploys troops to Somalia


The United States has deployed a dozen more troops to Somalia to train and equip Somali and AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) forces in the fight against the terrorism in the East African country, VOA reports.

The reports says that the U.S sent a few dozen troops from the 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky to Mogadishu on the 2nd of April this year, at the request of the Somali government.

The troops are meant to build capacity and improve logistics of the local forces in battling the Al Shabaab terrorists. Their train and equip mission is expected to end in September.

“United States Africa Command will conduct various security cooperation and/or security force assistance events in Somalia in order to assist our allies and partners,” U.S. Africa Command spokesman Pat Barnes told VOA on Thursday.

The U.S military force is the first in the country after the U.S pulled out of the East African country following the 18 U.S forces personnel were killed by Somali militiamen in March 1994.

U.S. usually has a small unit of between 3 and 50 American troops in Somalia supporting U.S.-Somali military-to-military relations, and advising and assisting Somali troops.