African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers from Burundi patrol after fighting between insurgents and government soldiers on the outskirts of Mogadishu, May 22, 2012.
VOA: VOA Exclusive: Dozens More US Troops Deployed to Somalia
PENTAGON — Dozens of American soldiers have deployed to Mogadishu to train and equip Somali and AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) forces fighting extremism in that country, U.S. military officials told VOA.
The troops' arrival marks the first presence of American military forces in Somalia, other than a small unit of counterterrorism advisers, since March 1994 when the U.S. pulled out of the U.N. intervention operation in the war-torn state, five months after 18 U.S. special forces personnel were killed in a battle with Somali militiamen that inspired the movie Black Hawk Down.
"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," U.S. Africa Command spokesman Pat Barnes told VOA on Thursday.
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Update: US sending 'dozens' more troops to Somalia (CNN).
WNU Editor: This deployment is the first presence of American military forces in Somalia, other than a small unit of counterterrorism advisers, since March 1994. And the coverage in the media ... aside from a few outlets .... nothing.