Biden prepares to redeploy US troops to Somalia, reversing Trump pullout

US Army soldiers at an observation point during the “African Lion” military exercise in the Tan-Tan region of southwestern Morocco on June 18, 2021.

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WASHINGTON President Joe Biden has approved a plan to redeploy US troops to Somalia, a senior administration official confirmed to NBC News.

The move, a reversal of former President Donald Trump’s 2020 order to withdraw US service members, comes amid concerns that the extremist group al-Shabab could soon pose a greater threat to the region.

The official said US troops already stationed abroad would be moved to Somalia. It was not immediately clear how many ground forces would move into the war-torn country.

The New York Times, which first reported the move, quoted unnamed officials as saying several hundred troops would be deployed. The Times also reported that Biden had approved Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s proposal earlier this month.

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