December 23rd According to AFP in Washington, the U.S. Department of Defense said on December 22 local time that the U.S. military has deployed a warship group in the waters near Somalia to support the evacuation of about 700 personnel from the country.
According to the report, the amphibious assault ship “Makin Island” and the accompanying ships arrived near the Horn of Africa on the 21st. U.S. President Trump ordered the withdrawal of troops from Somalia earlier this month.
For many years, these U.S. troops have been conducting military operations against Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
The report also cited a statement from the U.S. Africa Command that the fleet of warships would help transfer U.S. military and civilian personnel from Somalia to “other operational positions in East Africa, while maintaining pressure on violent extremists and providing support to the troops of partner countries”.