Dozens of US soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division have been deployed to Mogadishu to train Somali and African Union troops who are fighting al-Shabab jihadists there, according to a new report by VOA News. The group has been staging numerous attacks in Somalia in an attempt to create an Islamic state ruled by Sharia law.
The Somalia-based al-Shabab claims that its escalation of deadly attacks is in "doubled response" to President Donald Trump's approval of expanded USA military efforts against it, an organization that monitors extremist groups says.
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"It gives them the tools to help themselves", DeLeon said.
Al-Shabab, part of al-Qaeda, has a strong presence in many rural parts of Somalia and often stages attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere.
The U.S. military involvement in the country is far from new.
He said that, after more than a decade of the insurgency, al-Shabab still is not capable of overthrowing the Somali government.
Following the Battle of Mog - known to most USA civilians as "the Black Hawk Down incident" - American involvement in Somalia declined sharply.
Barned added that the troops had arrived in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on April 2 from the Fort Campbell army base in the U.S. state of Kentucky, and were carrying out a train-and-equip mission expected to continue until the end of September.
Meanwhile, the USA is sending a "small number" of F-35A aircraft to Europe, as part of a "long-planned" training deployment.
"The objective of this particular train and equip mission is to improve the logistical capacity of the Somali National Army and the focus will be on teaching basic logistics operations, which will allow Somalia forces to better fight al Shabaab", the spokesman added. He also declined to comment on whether or not they are responsible for operating drones, saying only that they "are not tasked with directly engaging enemy forces".
The United States already has a small contingent of special operations forces in Somalia, between 3 and 50 troops, allegedly aiding the war-torn country in fighting Takfiri terrorist groups;however, there have been reports of civilian casualties as a result of American military interference in the African nation.
Government critics say publicly declaring war will only help the militants by inspiring them to carry out additional attacks aimed at disrupting any ongoing military plan against them.
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