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US troops leaving Somalia for elsewhere in East Africa, AFRICOM chief says | Task & Purpose
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US troops leaving Somalia for elsewhere in East Africa, AFRICOM chief says | Task & Purpose

U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. Stephen Townsend has announced that troops are not moving out of Africa, they are only leaving Somalia. Their presence in Africa is to help fight against the insurgent group Al Shabaab. Currently there are around 700 troops in Somalia, and the removal of troops from the country is known as Operation Octave Quartz. Some local special forces leaders are concerned what will happen when the US leaves the nation. Colonel Ahmed Abdullahi Sheikh commented “This is being dictated by politics. It would create a vacuum.”

Source: https://taskandpurpose.com/news/us-troops-leaving-somalia/

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