Trump Offers U.S Military Greater Powers in Somalia30 March 2017 / by Anish Jonathan Rao (author)
In a move to safeguard its national interests of the U.S in African soil, President Trump has encouraged greater involvement of American forces in Somalia by providing them more authority in the region. The latest strategy suggested by the U.S government concentrates on offering direct support to African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali security forces against militant outfits such as Al-Shabaab.
A U.S defense official spoke to Reuters News Agency saying that certain areas of Somalia has been declared "area of active hostilities" by the White house. However, the official was quick to accept that the U.S government doesn’t consider the capital city Mogadishu as an area of active hostiles anymore.
The Federal Government of Somalia has been confronting Al-Shabaab (militant group) for a couple of years now and had successfully taken control of the capital city of Mogadishu in the year 2011 after defeating the militant group.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis stated, “The authorization, approved on Wednesday, is “consistent with our approach of developing capable Somali security forces and supporting regional partners in their efforts to combat al-Shabab”. There have been previous instances of major cooperation between U.S forces with Somalian military and AMISOM which had led to significant decrease in the areas captured by the Al-Shabaab militant outfit in Somalia.
Infact a U.S drone attack had killed Ahmed Abdi Godane (the leader of the militant outfit) in September 1, 2014. However, there have been many structural changes that have occurred in Al-Shabaab and its links with Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb has increased the threat level of U.S establishments and its citizens being targeted in the future.
President Trump giving additional authority to the U.S forces in Africa means that the strikes on the militant outfits will increase further enabling the Somalian government to establish greater levels of stability in the region.