U.S. President Donald Trump may withdraw nearly all U.S. forces from Somalia in the near future, U.S. officials allegedly said on Tuesday.
“The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said nothing had been finalized and that no orders for Somalia have been received by the U.S. military. But there appeared to be a growing expectation that drawdown orders would be coming soon,” Reuters reported.
The U.S currently has roughly 700 troops stationed in Somalia to assist local forces in their efforts to defeat the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab terror group.
The U.S. pulled troops out of two Somali cities – northeastern Bosaso and north-central Galkayo – about three weeks ago, according to the news agency. U.S. forces remain in Kismayo, a southern Somali port city. The U.S. military continues to operate a special forces airbase in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and maintain a presence at Baledogle Airfield, located about 60 miles northwest of the coastal