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Dozens of more USA troops dispatched to Somalia

The AU force will begin withdrawing in 2018, "and if this departure begins prior to Somalia having capable security forces, large portions of Somalia are at risk of returning to al-Shabab control or potentially allowing ISIS to gain a stronger foothold in the country", the head of the U.S. Africa Command, Commander General Thomas Waldhauser, said last month. The group has been staging numerous attacks in Somalia in an attempt to create an Islamic state ruled by Sharia law.

And that's not all: the USA has announced April 14 that, for the first time since 1994, it's deploying "dozens" of regular troops in Somalia to help the ongoing fight against al-Shabab, al-Qaeda's jihadist ally.

The new training effort comes as US military leaders see new opportunities to work with Somalia's newly elected president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a dual US-Somali citizen who has embarked on a series of aggressive military reforms amid an ongoing al Shabaab boming campaign that has repeatedly struck the capital, Mogadishu.

They will also conduct "security force assistance", she said, confirming a report by Voice of America.

CNN reported on March 30, citing the Pentagon, that President Trump had approved an increase in the frequency of counterterrorism strikes in Somalia. The battle, which claimed the lives of 18 US special operations personnel, was memorialized in reporter Mark Bowden's nonfiction book "Black Hawk Down" and a movie by the same name.

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He said that, after more than a decade of the insurgency, al-Shabab still is not capable of overthrowing the Somali government.

A report in The New American back in 2015 quoted information from the online journal Foreign Policy (FP) exposing an expanding US military presence in Somalia, including not only drone bases but boots on the ground.

They will join the USA forces already there providing counterterrorism support to local forces battling the al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab.

But Africa Command made it clear that there was no link between the two. USA special operations forces can move closer to the fight while increasing assistance to Somali forces.

As we noted at time, in light of the lengthening American military footprint in Somalia and elsewhere, and the deadly drone attacks being launched from the secret African bases, it seems that the warning of James Madison needs to be remembered: "Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other".

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