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President Trump has ordered the U.S. military “to reposition the majority of personnel and assets out of Somalia by early 2021,” the Pentagon said in an announcement released late Friday. “The U.S. is not withdrawing or disengaging from Africa,” the statement said. Though expected, the move could complicate matters for The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Indepedent in Kampala reports. Amison includes troops from Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia. Some U.S. troops “may be reassigned outside of East Africa,” while “remaining forces will be repositioned from Somalia into neighboring countries,” the Pentagon said.

Members of the Somali National Army (SNA) at a passing-out parade on August 14, 2012, at an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) training facility on the western fringes of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Mogadishu and Baidoa Somalia

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