When US forces entered Somalia in December of 1992, the mission to keep warring factions in check and enable the delivery of relief services seemed clear enough. Less than a year later, after the Battle of Mogadishu, and the deaths of 19 US servicemen and hundreds of Somalis, it was harder to see why they were there. Andrew Milburn, was a Marine infantry platoon commander in 1992 in Somalia, and returned to the country in 2019 and 2020 to train members of the Danab Advanced Infantry Brigade. General Stephen Townsend, commander of US Africa Command cited Somalia as a place where real progress had been made as far as stability and the training progress of local forces. Despite this, US troops were withdrawn from Somalia last December. When Milburn visited the country again in 2021, he was shocked at how much the country had deteriorated. According to him there are multiple compelling reasons for the United States to reengage in Somalia, a meaningful front in the war against terrorism.
The Crossroads of Special Operations