Source: Stars and Stripes
Some 200 to 300 U.S. Special Operations troops work with troops from Somalia and other African nations to carry out more than a half-dozen raids per month, The New York Times reported in October, citing unnamed senior American military officials. The Navy’s SEAL Team 6 has been heavily involved in many of these operations, the paper reported.
AFRICOM’s goal in Somalia is to enable Somali forces to carry on the mission against al-Shabab when Africa Union troops potentially pullout in the coming years. The union’s mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, involves a mix of regional militaries, including troops from Kenya and Uganda, was key to pushing Shabab out of various former strongholds.