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Trump Orders Most U.S. Troops Out of Somalia by Early 2021

  • U.S. has had about 700 troops in the East African nation
  • Pentagon says counterterrorism mission won’t be undermined
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President Donald Trump has ordered most U.S. forces to leave Somalia by early 2021, the Pentagon said, saying the move can be done without undermining the fight against terrorism.

“While a change in force posture, this action is not a change in U.S. policy,” the Defense Department said in a statement on Friday. “We will continue to degrade violent extremist organizations that could threaten our homeland while ensuring we maintain our strategic advantage in great power competition.