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US military admits secret presence in Somalia

Published on Jul 3, 2014 11:51 PM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US military has secretly maintained forces in Somalia since 2007, despite earlier public statements claiming it had no presence in the country until last October, defense officials said Thursday.

The United States has deployed up to 120 troops in the African nation and hopes to bolster its security ties to Somalia's government as it battles Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants, a defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

The US troops operating in Somalia have been mainly Green Beret special forces, who specialize in training and advising local armies, the official said.

Reuters news agency first reported the US troop presence.

 
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