US Secretary of Defense visits Mogadishu

Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller attends a Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony led by President Donald Trump at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


US Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller has arrived in Mogadishu on an unannounced visit becoming the first U.S. Department of Defense official to visit Somalia.

Miller spent hours in Mogadishu particularly at Aden Adde International Airport where he met with members of the US military, according to US media reports.

The Secretary of Defense traveled from a U.S. military base in Djibouti to Mogadishu as the Trump administration announced it was withdrawing about 700 troops from Somalia.

The United States is supporting Somali and AMISOM forces in training and fighting the Al-Shabaab terror group with drone operations targeting senior al-Shabaab members.