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AFRICOM, Mission Somalia leaders discuss progress and partnership with Somali leadership
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto met with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and other key Somali leaders during a visit to Mogadishu, Somalia, June 11.
Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, greets U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command during a visit June 11, 2019 in Mogadishu, Somalia. During the trip, Waldhauser and Yamamoto met with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and key Somali defense officials.
6 photos: AFRICOM, Mission Somalia leaders discuss progress and partnership with Somali leadership
Photo 1 of 6: Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, greets U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command during a visit June 11, 2019 in Mogadishu, Somalia. During the trip, Waldhauser and Yamamoto met with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and key Somali defense officials. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, thanks U.S. Africa Command forces at a forward operating location in Somalia, June 11, 2019. Waldhauser visited the forward deployed unit to assess progress in enhancing Somali defense capabilities.
6 photos: AFRICOM, Mission Somalia leaders discuss progress and partnership with Somali leadership
Photo 2 of 6: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, thanks U.S. Africa Command forces at a forward operating location in Somalia, June 11, 2019. Waldhauser visited the forward deployed unit to assess progress in enhancing Somali defense capabilities. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, visited U.S. Africa Command forces at a forward operating location in Somalia, June 11, 2019. U.S. Africa Command is involved in various advise, assist and training programs in Somalia. The desired future state in East Africa is one in which terrorist organizations are not able to destabilize Somalia or its neighbors, nor threaten U.S. and international allies interests' in the region.
6 photos: AFRICOM, Mission Somalia leaders discuss progress and partnership with Somali leadership
Photo 3 of 6: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, visited U.S. Africa Command forces at a forward operating location in Somalia, June 11, 2019. U.S. Africa Command is involved in various advise, assist and training programs in Somalia. The desired future state in East Africa is one in which terrorist organizations are not able to destabilize Somalia or its neighbors, nor threaten U.S. and international allies interests' in the region. Download full-resolution version
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire greets U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, June 11, 2019 in Mogadishu, Somalia. During the visit AFRICOM senior leaders met with key Somali leaders to discuss progress the U.S. interagency team witnessed in Somalia, as well as U.S. whole-of-government support for the Federal Government of Somalia.
6 photos: AFRICOM, Mission Somalia leaders discuss progress and partnership with Somali leadership
Photo 4 of 6: Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire greets U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, June 11, 2019 in Mogadishu, Somalia. During the visit AFRICOM senior leaders met with key Somali leaders to discuss progress the U.S. interagency team witnessed in Somalia, as well as U.S. whole-of-government support for the Federal Government of Somalia. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, discusses U.S. and Somalia partnering efforts with Somali Maj. Gen. Dahir Adan Elmi, Somali Chief of Defense Forces, during a meeting in Mogadishu, Somalia, June 11, 2019. The overarching goal in Somalia for AFRICOM is to help the Federal Government of Somalia provide a safe and secure environment for the people of Somalia, deter organizations such as al-Shabaab and ISIS-Somalia from expanding, and promote regional security.
6 photos: AFRICOM, Mission Somalia leaders discuss progress and partnership with Somali leadership
Photo 5 of 6: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, discusses U.S. and Somalia partnering efforts with Somali Maj. Gen. Dahir Adan Elmi, Somali Chief of Defense Forces, during a meeting in Mogadishu, Somalia, June 11, 2019. The overarching goal in Somalia for AFRICOM is to help the Federal Government of Somalia provide a safe and secure environment for the people of Somalia, deter organizations such as al-Shabaab and ISIS-Somalia from expanding, and promote regional security. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Army Col. Charles Bergman, lead integrator for U.S. Africa Command operations in Africa, receives a brief from U.S. personnel at a forward operating location in Somalia, June 11, 2019.  AFRICOM senior leaders visited the forward deployed unit to assess progress in enhancing Somali defense capabilities.
6 photos: AFRICOM, Mission Somalia leaders discuss progress and partnership with Somali leadership
Photo 6 of 6: U.S. Army Col. Charles Bergman, lead integrator for U.S. Africa Command operations in Africa, receives a brief from U.S. personnel at a forward operating location in Somalia, June 11, 2019. AFRICOM senior leaders visited the forward deployed unit to assess progress in enhancing Somali defense capabilities. Download full-resolution version
Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, greets U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command during a visit June 11, 2019 in Mogadishu, Somalia. During the trip, Waldhauser and Yamamoto met with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and key Somali defense officials.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, thanks U.S. Africa Command forces at a forward operating location in Somalia, June 11, 2019. Waldhauser visited the forward deployed unit to assess progress in enhancing Somali defense capabilities.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, visited U.S. Africa Command forces at a forward operating location in Somalia, June 11, 2019. U.S. Africa Command is involved in various advise, assist and training programs in Somalia. The desired future state in East Africa is one in which terrorist organizations are not able to destabilize Somalia or its neighbors, nor threaten U.S. and international allies interests' in the region.
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire greets U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, June 11, 2019 in Mogadishu, Somalia. During the visit AFRICOM senior leaders met with key Somali leaders to discuss progress the U.S. interagency team witnessed in Somalia, as well as U.S. whole-of-government support for the Federal Government of Somalia.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, discusses U.S. and Somalia partnering efforts with Somali Maj. Gen. Dahir Adan Elmi, Somali Chief of Defense Forces, during a meeting in Mogadishu, Somalia, June 11, 2019. The overarching goal in Somalia for AFRICOM is to help the Federal Government of Somalia provide a safe and secure environment for the people of Somalia, deter organizations such as al-Shabaab and ISIS-Somalia from expanding, and promote regional security.
U.S. Army Col. Charles Bergman, lead integrator for U.S. Africa Command operations in Africa, receives a brief from U.S. personnel at a forward operating location in Somalia, June 11, 2019.  AFRICOM senior leaders visited the forward deployed unit to assess progress in enhancing Somali defense capabilities.

MOGADISHU, Somalia  -- U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto met with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and other key Somali leaders during a visit to Mogadishu, Somalia, June 11.

Discussions during the key leader engagement centered on the incremental progress the U.S. interagency team has witnessed in Somalia, as well as U.S. whole of government support for the Federal Government of Somalia. 

"Employing an integrated interagency defense, diplomacy, and development approach, our efforts in Somalia help contain a potentially broader regional security threat,” said Waldhauser. “The assistance provided in Somalia is truly an international effort and there are encouraging signs of change, progress, and emerging options for Somalis." 

AFRICOM partners with the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Mission in Somalia to help the Federal Government of Somalia set the conditions required for lasting security and stability.

“U.S. security assistance to Somalia is an important part of our efforts to work with the people and government of Somalia for peace and stability,” said Yamamoto. “Peace and stability for Somalia means more stability in the entire region. It also means that the people of Somalia will be able to better focus on building a prosperous future.”

Under the leadership of the Federal Government of Somalia, incremental progress has been achieved as security gains have paved the way for the political progress of the past several years. Somali security forces and their partners continue to apply pressure on terrorist networks in Somalia to create the conditions for further political and economic development.

"Groups such as al-Shabaab and ISIS-Somalia seek to create a bankrupt future for the Somali people,” said Waldhauser. “Creating a more secure environment enables the Somali people and government to advance economic and development opportunities in Somalia." 

Somali National Security Forces and their partners continue to make incursions into territory previously beset by terrorists. These Somali-led operations are necessary to advance Federal Government of Somalia objectives, spur economic activity and development, and release Somali citizens from the oppression and coercion of al-Shabaab.   

“Somali security forces are demonstrating command and control of their forces, success against al-Shabaab, and are holding ground,” said Col. Charles Bergman, lead integrator for U.S. Africa Command operations in Africa. “They are earning the respect of the Somali people.”

For example, Somali forces recently cleared the south bank of the Shabelle River near the village of Bariire and established a security presence in the area. This mission was the latest in a series of operations designed to force al-Shabaab out of strongholds in Lower Shabelle. Operations such as this enable the Somali government to restore critical infrastructure in places like Bariire, leading to increased economic activity. 

“Having a Somali force that is disciplined, looks sharp, and has a Somali flag on their shoulder means something,” Bergman said. “It is important for Somalis to know their military is a force for good and that progress is occurring.”

The desired future state in East Africa is one in which terrorist organizations are not able to destabilize Somalia or its neighbors, nor threaten U.S. and international allies interests’ in the region. It is an environment that advances economic development and advancements in government.

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