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Biden approves troops reassignment in Somalia

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Us officials say Biden has approved the redeployment of US troops in Somalia, reversing a decision by his predecessor Donald Trump. Trump withdrew about 700 US troops from Somalia in 2020.

Many in the country expressed deep concern when Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops, who had long been relied on as well as more than 19,000 peacekeepers from African Union nations.

The deployment was requested by the Pentagon to support the fight against militant group Al-Shabab.

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The move to re-establish a military presence in the East African country comes as long overdue elections delivered a new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, who has promised to work closely with international partners.

This time, less than 500 US troops will be deployed, and this has been described as “a repositioning of forces already in theatre who have travelled in and out of Somalia on an episodic basis” by US National Security spokeswoman Adrienne Watson.—BBC

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