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United States to Withdraw Troops from Somalia

December 7, 2020

Episode Notes:

President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Somalia by the first few months of 2021. According to reports, of the roughly 700 American military personnel in the East African country, most will be redeployed to neighboring Kenya, which already hosts U.S. troops. Critics of the move argue that the troops were essential in the fight against al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group with a broad reach in the region.

Jason Hartwig — currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and former U.S. Army officer who served at the U.S. mission to Somalia as a military assistance coordinator from 2016 to 2018 — joins the Warcast to discuss the news of the troop withdrawal, what it means for U.S. counter-terrorism interests, and how it could affect the fight against al-Shabaab.

[ 01:06 ]  Reaction to the withdrawal

[ 04:22 ]  Effect on the U.S.-Somali relationship

[ 08:07] Impact on U.S. counter-terrorism mission

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