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May 16 - Biden Quietly Orders Hundreds of US Special Forces into Somalia
 

 


WASHINGTON — President Biden has signed an order authorizing the military to once again deploy hundreds of Special Operations forces inside Somalia — largely reversing the decision by President Donald J. Trump to withdraw nearly all 700 ground troops who had been stationed there, according to four officials familiar with the matter.

In addition, Mr. Biden has approved a Pentagon request for standing authority to target about a dozen suspected leaders of Al Shabab, the Somali terrorist group that is affiliated with Al Qaeda, three of the officials said. Since Mr. Biden took office, airstrikes have largely been limited to those meant to defend partner forces facing an immediate threat.

Together, the decisions by Mr. Biden, described by the officials on the condition of anonymity, will revive an open-ended American counterterrorism operation that has amounted to a slow-burn war through three administrations. The move stands in contrast to his decision last year to pull American forces from Afghanistan, saying that “it is time to end the forever war.”

Mr. Biden signed off on the proposal by Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III in early May, officials said. In a statement, Adrienne Watson, the National Security Council spokeswoman, acknowledged the move, saying it would enable “a more effective f*ght against Al Shabab.”

“The decision to reintroduce a persistent presence was made to maximize the safety and effectiveness of our forces and enable them to provide more efficient support to our partners,” she said.

Ms. Watson did not indicate the number of troops the military would deploy. But two people familiar with the matter said the figure would be capped at around 450. That will replace a system in which the U.S. troops training and advising Somali and African Union forces have made short stays since Mr. Trump issued what Ms. Watson described as a “precipitous decision to withdraw.”

The Biden administration’s strategy in Somalia is to try to reduce the threat from Al Shabab by suppressing its ability to plot and carry out complicated operations, a senior administration official said. Those include a deadly attack on an American air base at Manda Bay, Kenya, in January 2020.


In particular, the official said, targeting a small leadership cadre — especially people who are suspected of playing roles in developing plots outside Somalia’s borders or having special skills — is aimed at curtailing “the threat to a level that is tolerable.”

Asked to square the return to heavier engagement in Somalia with the American withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, following through on a deal Mr. Trump had made with the Taliban, the senior administration official argued that the two countries presented significantly different complexities.

For one, the official said, the Taliban have not expressed an intention of attacking the United States, and other militant groups in Afghanistan do not control significant enclaves of territory from which to operate and plan.

Given that Al Shabab appears to pose a more significant threat, the administration concluded that more direct engagement in Somalia made sense, the official said. The strategy would focus on disrupting a few Shabab leaders who are deemed a direct peril to “us, and our interests and our allies,” and maintaining “very carefully cabined presence on the ground to be able to work with our partners.”

Intelligence officials estimate that Al Shabab has about 5,000 to 10,000 members; the group, which formally*pledged allegiance*to Al Qaeda in 2012, has sought to impose its extremist version of Islam on the chaotic Horn of Africa country.

While Al Shabab mostly f*ghts inside Somalia and only occasionally attacks neighboring countries, some members are*said to harbor ambitions to strike the United States. In December 2020,*prosecutors in Manhattan*charged an accused Shabab operative from Kenya with plotting a Sept. 11-style attack on an American city. He had been arrested in the Philippines as he trained to fly planes.

Mr. Biden’s decision followed months of interagency deliberations led by the White House’s top counterterrorism adviser, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, over whether to accept the Pentagon plan, maintain the status quo or further reduce engagement in Somalia.

In evaluating those options, Ms. Sherwood-Randall and other top security officials*visited Somalia and nearby Kenya and Djibouti, both of which host American forces, in October.

The administration’s deliberations about whether and how to more robustly go back into Somalia have been complicated by*political*chaos*there, as factions in its fledgling government fought each other and elections were delayed. But Somalia recently elected a new parliament, and over the weekend, leaders*selected a new president,*deciding to return to power Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who led the country from 2012 to 2017.

For months, American commanders have warned that the short-term training missions that U.S. Special Operations forces have conducted in Somalia since Mr. Trump withdrew most American troops in January 2021 have not worked well. The morale and capacity of the partner units have been eroding, they say.

Of each eight-week cycle, the senior administration official said, American trainers spend about three unengaged with partner forces because the Americans were either not in Somalia or focused on transit — and the travel in and out was the most dangerous part. Other officials have also characterized the system of rotating in and out, rather than being persistently deployed there, as expensive and inefficient.







Is anyone catching on yet ? Let me guess a bunch of foreign aid for Somalia next
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 2 months ago '21        #2
The jinx  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3 OP
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@ lets hear how this is a good thing just like when you said Gaddafi being k*lled was justified.
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 2 months ago '04        #3
ItAlY2BkLyN 
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Did they ever recover all them girls?
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 2 months ago '15        #4
GTA905 
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False Flag incoming
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 2 months ago '20        #5
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Told y'all that the Pentagon is destabilizing the countries along the red sea in Africa
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 2 months ago '22        #6
Jeffrey in 813 
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in be4 "false fl-"

holy sh*t you cucks are fast
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 2 months ago '20        #7
Iron Stan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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These next 2 years can’t go faster.This dude became president by proxy
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 2 months ago '17        #8
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 Iron Stan said
These next 2 years can’t go faster.This dude became president by proxy
Its like riding in a car with a speeding drunk driver
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 2 months ago '12        #9
Di Warlord 
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 Xiox said
Told y'all that the Pentagon is destabilizing the countries along the red sea in Africa
Saudi has a long border along the Red Sea, how is it being destabilized by the Pentagon? I want to hear your take on this
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 2 months ago '21        #10
Aztec King 
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“Massa Biden can do no wrong”
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 2 months ago '21        #11
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 Iron Stan said
These next 2 years can’t go faster.This dude became president by proxy
Wait until he packs the court.
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 2 months ago '04        #12
ItAlY2BkLyN 
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 Frasier1 said
fu*k Biden. He's the Trojan Horse that will destroy the world.
The poster child for the globalist elites
- banking cartels, military industrial complex, council on foreign affairs,
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 2 months ago '10        #13
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Did anyone read the article? The last paragraph sums it up. Them troops have been there. Now their time will increase from rotating 8 week cycles to full deployment.

Of each eight-week cycle, the senior administration official said, American trainers spend about three unengaged with partner forces because the Americans were either not in Somalia or focused on transit — and the travel in and out was the most dangerous part. Other officials have also characterized the system of rotating in and out, rather than being persistently deployed there, as expensive and inefficient.
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 2 months ago '20        #14
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More chaos & deaths
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 2 months ago '05        #15
Stuart Scott  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x31
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Blowing more Muslim countries up smh
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 2 months ago '21        #16
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 Bandito said
Did anyone read the article? The last paragraph sums it up. Them troops have been there. Now their time will increase from rotating 8 week cycles to full deployment.
No dummy. Hes putting on the ground special forces. Trump removed them told somalia patrol your own country. Biden is bringing them back
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 2 months ago '17        #17
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Hollywood ordering up a Black Hawk Down sequel...tell those special forces to bring their GoPros this time


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 2 months ago '17        #18
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BX is fast to comment but slow to read
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 2 months ago '06        #19
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 park legend said
@

another one of Bidens great policy lmfao
you only been here for two days and already obsessed with me?

Come on now son, let yourself enjoy the site for a little while before making it all about me

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 2 months ago '12        #20
TrillSwag  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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at the request of the somali government lol
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 2 months ago '06        #21
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 park legend said
your deflection parallels your entire take on everything
that sentence doesn't make any sense



what is "my entire take on everything"? Do I have some sort of universal "take" that I apply to every possible issue? Women, sports, politics, video games, finance? I just have the same take on any and all issues?

How does my "deflection" parallel that?



seems like you just wanted to sound smart so you threw some $5 words together in hopes that they'd form some coherent idea.




 2 months ago '18        #22
ChrisPartlowFro 
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Wait til you idiots find out about AFRICOM you Victim and Outrage Culture Karen Cuckservatives are hilarious.
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 2 months ago '06        #23
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 park legend said
when challenged you deflect...I speak about our current president and you deflect to the previous admin and anything else before you actually talk about the reality of the situation. You are probably a schizo living in an alternative universe your handlers have created for you
lol not true but hey man, if it makes you feel good about yourself go ahead and keep believing that.
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 2 months ago '10        #24
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 The jinx said
No dummy. Hes putting on the ground special forces. Trump removed them told somalia patrol your own country. Biden is bringing them back
Bullsh*t. The article that you posted even dispels that narrative. Them troops been there since Obama was in office. They been traveling back and forth between Kenya and Somalia. The DOD is saying that is dangerous and if the US is going to be in Somalia they should have a permanent footprint. Not be half-assed about it. I actually appreciate that honesty.

I don't think they should be in Somalia. But, I am not going to ignore the facts and argue about which president put them there. We can go back to Clinton if you want. None of the administrations after that have left Somalia alone.

There are very few countries where the US doesn't have a military presence. Whether it be full on military installations or "advisors" training the locals.

I never mentioned trump. Here's your boy though.

US air strikes in Somalia surged in early 2017, after President Trump signed an executive order declaring the south of the country an “area of active hostilities”. Since then, AFRICOM has used drones and manned aircraft to carry out at least 131 strikes in the country.

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 2 months ago '20        #25
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Man SO

never been to Somalia— never plan on going

This sh*t means nothing to me as an American
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