America Last, Make Africa Great Again: Trump Deploys US Troops To Somalia

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    US sends dozens of troops to Somalia, 1st time in decades

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    FILE - In a Dec. 10, 1992 file photo, a U.S. Marine gives the thumbs up as a truck load of troops arrive at the reopened U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia. According to the U.S. Africa Command on Friday April 14, 2017, the U.S. military is sending dozens of regular troops to Somalia to train Somali soldiers in the largest such deployment to the Horn of Africa country in roughly two decades. (Denis Pauqin, File/Associated Press)

    By Abdi Guled and Cara Anna | AP April 14 at 12:55 PM

    MOGADISHU, Somalia — The U.S. military is sending dozens of regular troops to Somalia in the largest such deployment to the Horn of Africa country in roughly two decades.

    The United States pulled out of Somalia after 1993, when two helicopters were shot down in the capital, Mogadishu, and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets. Even now, Somalia’s fragile central government is struggling to assert itself after the nationwide chaos that began with the fall of dictator Siad Barre in 1991.

    The U.S. Africa Command on Friday said this deployment is for logistics training of Somalia’s army, which is battling the extremist group al-Shabab that emerged from the country’s years of warlord-led conflict. About 40 troops are taking part.

    The U.S. in recent years has sent a small number of special operations forces and counter-terror advisers to Somalia, and President Donald Trump:jew: recently approved an expanded military role there. It includes carrying out more aggressive airstrikes against al-Shabab and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities.

    The country’s new Somali-American president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, last week declared a new offensive against the extremist group, which is based in Somalia but has claimed responsibility for major attacks in East Africa, including the Garissa University attack in neighboring Kenya in April 2015 that killed 148 people.

    Al-Shabab also caused alarm in February 2016 when it claimed responsibility for the bombing of an airliner that made an emergency landing with a gaping hole in the fuselage shortly after taking off from Mogadishu.

    The extremist group this week announced that its recent escalation of deadly attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere is in “doubled response” to Trump’s approval of expanded U.S. military efforts. On Sunday, Somalia’s new military chief survived a suicide car bomb attack following his swearing-in, while 13 people were killed. A day later, a suicide bombing at a military academy in Mogadishu killed at least five soldiers.

    Al-Shabab was chased out of Mogadishu several years ago by national and African Union multinational forces but still controls some rural areas. Meanwhile, fighters pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group have emerged in the northern part of the country.

    Pressure is growing on Somalia’s army to assume full security for the country as the 22,000-strong African Union force plans to leave by the end of 2020. Last month, the head of the AU mission said Somalia’s army has been unable to take charge as expected.

    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.

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    Anna reported from Johannesburg.

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    Here's a better idea: let's do nothing and invite them all to settle in Washington and Minnesota and Maine instead.
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    TRuMP said many times on da campaign he'd fuck up iSiS- "...bomb the shit- out of them."

    Whether al-Shabaab has a relationship wit' da Islamic State- Bluto reads conflictin' accounts on dis- dey certainly fit under Islamic terrorism. Bluto don't see how dis latest development is surprisin'.

    & Johnson is right- don't needs moar Somalis in Say WA, Minnesota or Maine. Or anywheres else outside o' Somalia.
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    The Somali-American president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed won the 2017 Somali presidential elections with 184 people voting for him. Only 329 people were allowed to vote.
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    On the bright side, at least the US has a much better chance of winning in Somalia than they would have in North Korea.
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    shabaab is not an international 'terrorist' organization like isis and aren't affiliated with isis. They are somali, they fight in somalia and only attack outside somalia as revenge for attacks on them in somalia(usually against the kenyans). Trump will likely spin this as being necessary for the fight on turrrr and most will believe him because they're hopeless morons who don't no any better.

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    So sane person should feel strongly about al-Kebaab one way or the other. Who really cares if we bomb a bunch of starving stickniggger fundamentalists?
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    just pointing out they don't have an international agenda and will only attack outside of somalia as revenge for attacks on them. They are just somalis fighting for an islamic somalia(most somali islamists in general aren't international in mindset and focus on uniting somalia under the banner of islam).
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    al Shabaab has a lot o' non-Somalis in leadership positions & in deir membership. Dey has sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda. Ya can agrees or disagrees or be ambivalent but da news item poasted certainly falls under what TRuMP said durin' da campaign.
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    its a bad decision. Escalating in afghanistan will also only end in disaster. Two countries america rlly has no good reason to be in.
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    I think this is more of a mining expedition than a military one.

    With the "Gold" being more Somalis for Minn etc
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