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The American forces were pulled out of the country under the executive order of Donald Trump, former US president before he left the White House last January.
During his unannounced visit, the head of AFRICOM has held talks with Jubaland President Ahmed Madobe on the war on Al-Shabaab and plans by Washington to resume airstrikes against Al-Shabaab.
“There's no denying that the repositioning of forces out of Somalia has introduced new layers of complexity and risk,” Army Gen. Stephen Townsend said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
The United States Department of State threatened to sanction and travel restriction against Somali President Farmajo after he has signed a controversial bill extending his term in office by two years.
The implementation of the divisive bill could pose serious obstacles to election dialogue and further undermine peace and security in Somalia as it violated the provisional constitution of the country.
Following his call, opposition candidate Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame said outgoing President Farmajo has no constitutional right to convene a meeting and invite regional leaders since his term has ended on 8 February.
U.S. defense and intelligence officials have long considered the Somalia-based al-Shabab one of the gravest threats emanating from Africa, targeting the group with 53 airstrikes in 2020 and 63 airstrikes in 2019.
The original source of the weapons has not yet been identified. Churchill located the dhows and provided more than 40 hours of over watch and security for the ship and its boarding teams throughout the two-day operation.
Menendez, who is the Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the statement after Farmajo’s mandate expired without an agreement on the conduct of the scheduled elections.
In strong-warded statement, the US embassy urged Farmajo and regional heads to convene another meeting and reach a broad-based consensus on the elections immediately.
Per Keydmedia Online sources, the drone attack in the district hit the "Radio Andalus" station operated by Al-Shabaab as its main mouthpiece channel with several offices in its strongholds in the country.
The new report substantiates allegations around a Feb. 2. airstrike. At the time, the U.S. said one member of the al-Shabab extremist group was killed in the vicinity of Jilib.