15 Apr '17, 1am

101st Airborne troops deploy to Somalia for training mission - Africa - Stripes

About 40 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division have been dispatched to Somalia as efforts intensify to improve the capabilities of local forces entrenched in a multiyear battle with Islamic militants. The Fort Campbell, Ky.-based troops will focus on bolstering the Somali army's logistics capabilities rather than conducting combat arms training, U.S. Africa Command said. “This mission is not associated with teaching counterextremism tactics,” said Chuck Prichard, an AFRICOM spokesman, who added that Somalia’s government requested the training. The April 2 deployment, planned months ago, comes as the White House granted expanded authorities to AFRICOM to carry out strikes against the extremist group al-Shabab. The soldiers join a small contingent of special operations forces who have maintained a steady presence in Somalia, where they have trained and advised government...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/2.1198/101st-air...

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