US army makes largest deployment of troops in Somalia since ‘Black Hawk Down’

Washington (IINA) � The US military has deployed dozens of troops in Somalia to train forces fighting al-Shabaab militant group in the largest deployment of troops to the Horn of Africa country since 1993, when 18 American soldiers died in an incident known as Black Hawk Down.

The Pentagon said 40 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, who specialized in air assault operations, would be deployed in Somalia to help assist the fledgling central government’s armed forces with logistical training and support in its ongoing fight against the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

The team will train and equip the peacekeepers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), whose mission is expected to last until the end of September.

“United States Africa Command will conduct various security cooperation and/or security force assistance events in Somalia in order to assist our allies and partners,” US Africa Command spokesman Pat Barnes told the Voice of America (VOA) on Sunday.

This is the first time regular US troops have been deployed in Somalia since they withdrew in 1994 in the wake of Black Hawk Down incident under former President Bill Clinton, during which two US Black Hawk helicopters were downed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and 18 American soldiers were killed.

Source: International Islamic News Agency