November 22, 2017

TSC IntelBrief: A Deepening U.S. Military Involvement in Somalia

The U.S. has doubled its military presence in Somalia over the past year and will likely expand that presence further, as it pursues a two-track mission of building up the country’s security forces while conducting raids and airstrikes against al-Shabaab and the so-called Islamic State.

• The U.S. military is getting deeper into combat operations in Somalia, doubling the number of ground troops and nearly doubling the number of air strikes launched this year.

• Somalia faces both an entrenched al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabaab, and the so-called Islamic State.

• The African Union’s military mission in Somalia is gradually drawing down while Somali security forces require additional training and equipment.

• With Somalia’s government unable to restore security, increased U.S. involvement in Somalia will likely go on for years to come.