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US has a secret military presence in Somalia

• nypost.com

The comments are the first detailed public acknowledgment of a US military presence in Somalia dating back to the administration of President George W. Bush and add to other signs of a deepening US commitment to Somalia's government, which the Obama administration recognized last year.

The deployments, consisting of up to 120 troops on the ground, go beyond the Pentagon's January announcement that it had sent a handful of advisers in October. That was seen at the time as the first assignment of US troops to Somalia since 1993, when two US helicopters were shot down and 18 American troops killed in the "Black Hawk Down" disaster.

The plans to further expand US military assistance coincide with increasing efforts by the Somali government and African Union peacekeepers to counter a bloody seven-year insurgent campaign by the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab to impose strict Islamic law inside Somalia.

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