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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Proposal calls for sending special operations forces back to Somalia, report says | Stars & Stripes

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US military authorities are formulating a proposal to deploy special operations back into Somalia, where the security situation has deteriorated in the months since almost 700 personnel were pulled out. According to The New York Times, the idea, which would entail few dozens of soldiers, has not yet been officially designated to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. According to the publication, unidentified Pentagon officials want to scale up counterintelligence activities against al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists. President Donald Trump pulled 700 US soldiers out of Somalia in January, where special operations soldiers had been aiding local units in a lengthy struggle against the al-Shabab group for a few years.

Source: https://www.stripes.com/theaters/africa/2021-06-16/Proposal-calls-for-sending-special-operations-troops-back-into-Somalia-report-says-1703887.html

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