The Pentagon promised to continue efforts to safeguard American interests.
“The US is not withdrawing or withdrawing from Africa,” it said in a statement. “We remain committed to our African partners and support them on a permanent basis with a nationwide approach.”
The United States will continue to be able to conduct counter-terrorism operations in Somalia, particularly drone strikes, and to gather early warnings and indicators regarding the threat to the United States and its allies from militant forces in the country.
“As a result of this decision, some armed forces outside East Africa could be deployed,” the statement said. “The remaining armed forces will be relocated from Somalia to neighboring countries to enable cross-border operations by both the US and its partners.” Forces to maintain pressure against violent extremist organizations in Somalia. “
The Somalia mission has been in the spotlight for the past few days following reports that a veteran C.I.A. Officer was killed in action in Somalia according to current and former American officials. Death has already rekindled the American secret service’s counter-terrorism debate in Africa. The officer was a member of the C.I.A.’s Paramilitary Division, the Special Activities Center, and a former member of the Navy’s Elite SEAL Team 6.
Two weeks ago, Mr Trump ordered the military to withdraw forces from Afghanistan and halved the number there to just over 2,000. The presence of American troops in Iraq will also be reduced.
Also earlier this week, the Pentagon official overseeing the military’s efforts to combat Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was sacked after a White House official told him that the United States had won the war and dissolved his post have been. The overthrow of civil servant Christopher P. Maier, chief of the Pentagon’s “Defeat ISIS” task force since March 2017, came just three weeks after Trump dismissed Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and three other Pentagon officials and replaced loyalists.
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller, who has been running Mr. Trump’s purging at the Pentagon since replacing Mr. Esper last month, said the moves were an expression of the success of America-led efforts to crush the terrorist state the Islamic State created in much of Iraq and Syria.