U.S. discloses secret Somalia military presence, up to 120 troops

A Somali government soldier walks next to a car damaged in an explosion near Al Mukaram Hotel in Mogadishu March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Faruk

A Somali government soldier walks next to a car damaged in an explosion near Al Mukaram Hotel in Mogadishu March 15, 2014.

(Reuters) - U.S. military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washington plans to deepen its security assistance to help the country fend off threats by Islamist militant group al Shabaab, U.S. officials said.

The comments are the first detailed public acknowledgement of a U.S. military presence in Somalia dating back since the U.S. administration of George W. Bush and add to other signs of a deepening U.S. commitment to Somalia's government, which the Obama administration recognized last year.

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The deployments, consisting of up to 120 troops on the ground, go beyond the Pentagon's January announcement that it had sent a handful of advisors in October. That was seen at the time as the first assignment of U.S. troops to Somalia since 1993 when two U.S. helicopters were shot down and 18 American troops killed in the "Black Hawk Down" disaster.

The plans to further expand U.S. military assistance coincide with increasing efforts by the Somali government and African Union peacekeepers to counter a bloody seven-year insurgent campaign by the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab to impose strict Islamic law inside Somalia.

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These Muslims don't eat rocks and drink sand... they are being funded by others and that needs to be made known and stopped. We have all heard that an army must be fed and receive supplies and we found that out in the two WW's.

OUR INTEL IS PRESENTLY LOOKING FOR AN AL SHABAB TERRORIST WHO RECENTLY CROSSED FROM MEXICO. THEY BELIEVE HIM TO BE IN HOUSTON,MEXICAN AUTHORITIES LET HIM SNEAK THROUGH OUR TEXAS BORDER . GOOD TOMES HERE IN AMERICA . MEANTIME, OUR BP AGENTS , PLAY BABYSITTERS .

just read today big banks are funding Iran

This president should be tried for treason, he should NEVER have let the terrorists go free, or traded for another traitor to our own country. Did we really need that?????  I think not!!!  I long for the day this idiot is out of office!!!!!!

The title of this article scared me.  I thought that they brought "our girls home".  LOL

IT'S TIME THAT KENYAN BORN MARXIST MUSLIM COMMUNIST "DICTATOR" "ZEBRA" IN THE "BLACK HOUSE" STOPPED HIS IDIOTIC INSANE "STUPID" MEDDELING IN THE AFRICAN/MID-EAST AFFAIRS AND STARTED CONCENTRATING ON AMERICA'S SOUTHERN BORDER GOVERNMENT CLUSTER-F-CK!!!!!

As a retired army officer, I say, the musslim savages love to kill. When they run out of Christians and Jews to kill they kill their own. So let's get out and leave them to their own perversions. We don't need their oil or at least until we drill our own. I am willing to pay the consequences of stopping our dependance on their stinking oil. No more rescues!! Fug em! 

How would our  world look like if USA stopped all foreign aid. Our enemies would run out of money to buy weapons. Maybe some countries would become somewhat normal. Greed and arrogance of our government and many of elected idiots are to blame for most of worlds problems.

Perhaps we should post signs along the border in several languages stating, "You will be greeted with a warm reception, good food, plenty to drink, and a clean, comfortable bed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C."  "They are leaving the light on for you."

Al Qaeda members are obozo's friends.  This is all smoke and mirrors.  Anything to keep the American military out of this country cause they might want to protect us.

As long as they are not training islamists and are training those who will kill islamist I think

its a great idea.    as long as they are killing each other they maybe we c ould supply the ammo

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CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

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The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”


Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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