ShareThisU.S. secretly deployed troops to Somalia since October; drones conducting airstrikes, surveillance –Drones from U.S. base in Djibouti conduct airstrikes, surveillance missions from Somalia’s skies 10 Jan 2014 The U.S. military secretly deployed a small number of trainers and advisers to Somalia in October, the first time regular troops have been stationed in the war-ravaged country since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans killed in the "Black Hawk Down" disaster. A cell of U.S. military personnel has been in the Somali capital of Mogadishu to advise and coordinate operations with African troops fighting to wrest control of the country from the al-Shabab militia [for oil], according to three U.S. military officials. The previously undisclosed [and illegal] deployment — of fewer than two dozen troops — reverses two decades of U.S. policy that effectively prohibited military "boots on the ground" in Somalia.
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