The war against Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia should intensify if US President Donald Trump approves a Pentagon plan to expand operations in the country.
A week today, the Pentagon sent recommendations to the White House that would allow US Special Forces to increase assistance to the Somali National Army, now struggling against Al-Shabaab, The Associated Press reported.
The AP cited unidentified US officials as source of the information, a practice Trump has maligned as manufacturing of “fake news”.
Whatever, the agency reported the officials saying the plan fits in Trump’s policy of defeating the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and affiliates, real and copy cats worldwide.
These include Al-Qaeda and adherents such as Al-Shabaab.
As the agency noted, US concern is primarily based on the tendency of Americans from Somali communities travelling to training camps in the Horn of Africa country and might return and conduct terrorist attacks.
Well, someone should have foreseen that. Those who did, like the European Union, acted.
The EU has been the main financial supporter of the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, Amisom.
That’s in addition to a 160 EU Training Mission starting in 2010 in Uganda. However, the financial support is dwindling.
PROP SOMALI ARMYAccording to the AP, General Thomas Waldhauser, the head of US Africa Command, described Somalia as “our most perplexing challenge”.
According to the AP, General Thomas Waldhauser, the head of US Africa Command, described Somalia as “our most perplexing challenge”.