US Military sends trainers, advisers to Somalia
January 12 , 2014
The Washington Post noted that the US Military sending "trainers and advisers" to Somalia is a milestone since it's the military personnel's first return to the region after the "Black Hawk" went down in 1993.
Reports suggest that the team is helping the fight against the al-Shabab militia after assisting a coalition of African troops in the dangerous city of Mogadishu since last fall.
"We eventually need to establish a permanent U.S. diplomatic presence in Somalia," the State Department's deputy assistant secretary said. "Ultimately, it is the security conditions in Somalia that will dictate when we can establish a more permanent presence and we recognize that the time is not right to do this."