President of the United States of America Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Somalia by 15 January, the Pentagon has said.
According to US officials, some of the troops would move to neighbouring countries, allowing for cross-border operations.
In recent months President Trump issued similar orders to reduce US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has for a while called for the return of US troops, criticising US military interventions for being costly and ineffective.
The withdrawal order – which would see troops redeployed just days before Mr Trump leaves office – reverses the policy of former US Defence Secretary Mark Esper, who favoured maintaining the US presence in Somalia but was sacked last month.