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A US Naval Armada and 2,500 Marines Are Off Somalia to Cover Troop Withdrawal

The U.S. has amassed naval forces with about 2,500 Marines aboard off the coast of Somalia to cover the withdrawal of the estimated 800 U.S. troops from the Horn of Africa country, which has been hit by terror attacks from the al-Shabaab insurgent group, U.S. Africa Command said Tuesday.

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), carrying members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived Monday off Somalia to back up Operation Octave Quartz in assuring the safe exit of the "majority" of U.S. troops from the East Africa country, AFRICOM said in a news release. A small number of troops is expected to stay behind to protect the U.S. diplomatic presence in the country.

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