Psaki Claims US Doesn’t Have Troops in Somalia

US forces in Somalia before withdrawal in January 2021. (Photo credit: US Africa Command)

The US government has no troops stationed in Somalia, but it continues to prevent terror attacks in the region, according to Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who was responding to a question about whether her country and other Western countries face risk after withdrawing from Afghanistan.

“There are other parts of the world – Somalia, Libya, Yemen – where we don’t have a presence on the ground,” Psaki said. “We still prevent terrorist attacks or threats to US citizens living in the United States or around the world from growing.”

The claim that the US has no troops in Somalia contradicts a letter written by President Joe Biden updating Congress on US Armed Forces deployments.

The claim that the US does not have troops in Somalia contradicts a letter written by President Joe Biden updating Congress on deployments of the United States Armed Forces.

President Biden wrote, “United States military personnel conduct periodic engagements in Somalia to train, advise and assist regional forces, including Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia, during counterterrorism operations.”

According to the Defense Department, there were 52 active members of the US military deployed in Somalia in June, with 47 of them being marines. 

Former President Donald Trump withdrew 700 troops stationed in Somalia in early 2021.