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Why is the U.S. Sending Troops Back Into Somalia‪?‬ The Takeaway

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The United States has a long history of military presence in Somalia dating back to the early 90s. More recently, as his time in office was ending, President Trump withdrew troops from the country. But last week, President Biden reversed that decision and announced that the U.S. would be sending 500 troops into the country in a security effort against Al-Shabab, an islamic insurgent group active in the country. Meanwhile, the country's struggles with unrest have been compounded by natural disasters and a food crises.  

We speak with Omar Mahmood, senior analyst for Somalia for the International Crisis Group, to explore why the U.S. is going back to Somalia, and what it means for the country.

The United States has a long history of military presence in Somalia dating back to the early 90s. More recently, as his time in office was ending, President Trump withdrew troops from the country. But last week, President Biden reversed that decision and announced that the U.S. would be sending 500 troops into the country in a security effort against Al-Shabab, an islamic insurgent group active in the country. Meanwhile, the country's struggles with unrest have been compounded by natural disasters and a food crises.  

We speak with Omar Mahmood, senior analyst for Somalia for the International Crisis Group, to explore why the U.S. is going back to Somalia, and what it means for the country.

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