US reaffirms commitment to withdraw troops from Somalia

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The United States has reiterated its commitment to withdraw its troops from Somalia after announcing major changes to its military presence in Africa as well as in Europe.

The U.S. government says implementation of the plan will take time and review.

The U.S. military has announced the strengthening of the U.S. Navy in Europe and the US Army in Africa with the appointment of a new commander under the new name (USAREUR-AF).

Lt. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli, who was recently promoted to commander of USAREUR-AF said he would expedite the implementation of the order by US officials to withdraw troops from Somalia.

Lt. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli also highlighted the importance of the US military presence in Somalia saying that the plan will not happen overnight.

The US government has 650 to 800 soldiers stationed in Somalia, according to the US Africa Command [AFRICOM], including special troops to help train Somali forces.

Most American soldiers arrived in the country after Trump came to office.

BY OSMAN HUSSEIN ALI