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08 Feb 2019 3:36 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 11:59 a.m. PST

"The head of U.S. Africa Command (Africom) on Thursday said that U.S. airstrikes against al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia are not enough to defeat the al Qaeda-affiliated militant group, and that local forces need to "step up."

"At the end of the day, these strikes are not going to defeat al-Shabaab," Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser told lawmakers during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

"But they are going to provide the opportunity for the federal government and the Somali National Army to grow and assume the security of that country.""
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Imho… he is right. You need a lot of boots on the ground, and that is not going to happen for the U.S. in Somalia…


Striker09 Feb 2019 4:57 a.m. PST

So what exactly is this?
"U.S. forces will focus on so-called great power competitions with Russia and China"

NavyVet09 Feb 2019 5:56 a.m. PST

What this really means is that the local governments have to fight. However they are so corrupt and incompetent that iit will never happen. The best that can be hoped for is to keep al-Shabaab occupied with airstrikes and commando raids.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2019 10:33 a.m. PST



goragrad10 Feb 2019 6:45 p.m. PST

But drones…

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