US special forces in Somalia reportedly facing major cuts

Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016. As many as half of the US counter-terrorism troops based in Africa could be withdrawn over the next three years, the New York Times reports. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • About 500 of those commandos, trainers and logistics specialists are based in Somalia, where they assist African Union and Somali national forces.
  • The contemplated reduction political follows furore over killing of four US soldiers last October during a counter-insurgency operation in Niger.
  • At the same time, the US is putting greater emphasis on responding to perceived military threats posed by Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

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