Trump orders troops out of Somalia as Pentagon promises terrorist threat will still be contained

Late on Friday, President Trump ordered the repositioning of most U.S. personnel and assets out of Somalia by early 2021 despite a terrorist threat in the country.

“At the direction of the president and the acting secretary of defense, U.S. Africa Command is repositioning our forces within East Africa,” U.S. Africa Command Col. Chris Karns told the Washington Examiner after a statement announcing the decision was posted on the Department of Defense website.

“This action is not a withdrawal and end to our efforts but a reposition,” Karns said, while declining to elaborate on where some 750 soldiers now in Somalia would be relocated.

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