Al-Shabaab militants in a passing-out parade in 2011. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters
VOA: Pentagon Wants to Expand US Military Efforts in Somalia
Experts are concerned about increasing attacks by the Islamic militant group al-Shabab in Somalia.
In the past few weeks, the group has increased suicide bombings of Somali hotels and military targets.
These attacks have caused the Trump Administration to consider increased military involvement in the country. Experts say that current actions, such as drone attacks, are not enough.
U.S. officials have said the Defense Department wants to expand the military’s ability to fight the al-Qaida-linked group. They have recommended that the Trump administration permit U.S. Special Forces to increase assistance to the Somali National Army. Defense officials also want the U.S. military to have the ability to launch pre-emptive airstrikes.
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Update #1: US military sets sights on al-Shabab in Somalia (Al Jazeera)
Update #2: Is The US Going To War In Africa? Trump Reacts To Islamic Terror By Al Qaeda, Al-Shabab In Somalia (IBTimes)
WNU editor: Mission creep.