US Set for Military Training Exercise in Somalia

Friday’s visit by US Command Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) to the port of Berbera comes in advance of the U.S.-led multinational training exercise Justified Accord scheduled for February 2023. (IMAGE: US Embassy Somalia)

The US Africa Command is planning military training in Somalia’s autonomous region of Somaliland.

The US Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) conducted a site survey visit to the port of Berbera on Friday.

“Justified Accord is designed to increase multinational cooperation in crisis response and counterterrorism operations and prepare regional partners for U.N. and African Union-mandated missions,” said a U.S. embassy in Somalia statement.

The military visit comes as Somaliland faces political unrest and clan tensions in the aftermath of civilian killings in Las Anod, Soll region.

Clan elders from the Sanag and Sool regions have been meeting in recent weeks to seek political and security independence from Somaliland, Somalia’s breakaway region. Since 1991, Somaliland has sought international recognition.

In May, the United States returned some of its troops to Somalia to assist with security and stabilization efforts in the Horn of Africa nation.

According to the US military, surveys for new operating locations are conducted on a regular basis to prepare for contingencies, exercise readiness, or adjust force posture as directed.