One of the recommendations of the Pentagon to the new Trump administration is to expand the battle in Somalia against the Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
|The recommendations would permit U.S. special forces to increase their assistance to the Somali National Army who are fighting against the Al-Shabab militants. According to anonymous officials the U.S. forces would be allowed closer to front lines in the battle and also loosen regulations governing airstrikes. The recommendations fit in with Trump's promise to speed up the effort to defeat the Islamic State and other terrorist groups. There have also been recommendations for increases in activity in Syria and Iraq including the possibility of sending ground troops for combat roles as discussed in a recent Digital Journal article.|