Biden sends senior officials to Somalia to lobby against al-Shabaab
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden has sent senior officials to Somalia in an effort to step up the fight against Al-Shabaab militants, who still control large swathes of rural central and southern Somalia.
The White House said in a statement that the president’s assistant for homeland security Dr. Liz Sherwood-Randall, the commander of USAFRICOM, General Stephen Townsend, and the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, Chris Maier, traveled to Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya this last week.
The trip focused on advancing the Biden administration’s counterterrorism policy in an ever-changing threat landscape: prioritizing the most dangerous and bottom-up threats; empowering local partners to prevent and counter terrorist threats within their own borders; and work multilaterally with regional and international allies and partners. pursue our broader objectives of security, governance and development throughout the region, ”said the Minister of Justice. White House.
The United States withdrew from Somalia earlier this year, but has been very keen to support local troops in the fight against Al-Shabaab militants. In recent months, Al-Shabaab has targeted security forces and innocent civilians in the Horn of Africa country.
“In East Africa, Dr Sherwood-Randall, General Townsend and Mr Maier met with US forces in Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya who are responsible for carrying out the counterterrorism campaign against al-Shabaab in collaboration with local and regional partners ”, adds the declaration.
The trip also came as the United States pledged to review support for Danab’s special forces following claims that the special troops were involved in the fight against the Sufi militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a. . [ASWJ] which killed more than 120 people.
Earlier this year, the United States pledged to return troops to the Horn of Africa country, but has yet to give a clear direction on how this will be done. Washington had nearly 700 troops in Somalia who have since been repositioned in Kenya and Djibouti.