Monday, 01 May 2017 17:40

U.S Africom Commander Meets Somali President in Mogadishu

As the U.S Military preparing to intensify airstrikes on Al-Shabab militant group in Somalia, the U.S AFRICOM Commander General Thomas Waldhuauser met with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and military officials during a visit in Mogadishu this week, BNN reports.

ILJJThe U.S Ambassador to Somalia Stephen M. Schwartz and other U.S Military officials attended the closed-door meeting at Villa Somalia Presidential Compound in Mogadishu.

A Presidential source told Somaliupdate that President Farmajo and the U.S AFRICOM Commander discussed enhanced cooperation between U.S Military and the Somali forces in combating the militant group Al-Shabab.

The AFRICOM commander General Thomas Waldhuauser briefed President Farmajo on the expected new U.S military counter-terror operation in Somalia which U.S Special Forces and U.S-trained Somali soldiers will jointly conduct.

The visit by AFRICOM Commander to Mogadishu comes a week after it emerged that United States military are possibly preparing intensified airstrikes in Somalia to target the militant group Al-Shabab and asked all aid workers in the country to provide their geographic coordinates, their workplaces such as hospitals, Internal displaced camps and schools to prevent civilian casualties, a move human rights and aid workers, who are extensively operating to safeguard the lives of more than 6.2 million Somalis affected by the current drought, expressed great concern.

In early April, U.S Defense Ministry, the Pentagon declared that it has deployed additional dozens of U.S Special Forces and counter-terror experts into Somalia.

The U.S Special Forces with elite counter-terror trainers maintained presence in Somalia, where they train Somali forces and conduct covert operations against Al-Shabab.

U.S President Donald Trump declared that portions of Somalia as an "area of active hostilities,” meaning that the U.S military could have wider scope to launch strikes against the militant group Al-Shabab that continues to threaten the security of Somalia and the region.

President Trump also lifted previous limitations and restrictions on U.S military operations in the overseas.




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