On the request of U.S. African Command leaders, President Trump has relaxed the combat rules for U.S. troops and operations within Somalia.
|The change in the rules will give generals more leeway in deciding when to launch attacks and also remove restrictions that were in place to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. attacks. The rules have changed through Trump signing a directive that now makes large portions of Somalia to be "areas of active hostilities". The designation makes the rules for engagement significantly less restrictive than in other areas and would allow for more civilian deaths. This is occurring at a time when there have been questions raised about the large increase in civilian deaths during the U.S.-led coalition bombings as part of the Mosul offensive in Iraq.|