AMERICAN SPECIAL FORCES TRAIN MOZAMBICAN TROOPS TO BATTLE JIHADIST INSURGENTS LINKED TO ISIS
American Special Forces have begun training Mozambican troops as part of efforts to battle Jihadist insurgents who are linked to the Islamist State in northeastern Mozambique.
The American program which began this week involves a dozen Army Green Berets training the Mozambican marines for two months. It also signals the entry of the United States military into a counterinsurgency effort in the Southern African country.
Security experts posit that the ongoing US military training could lead to America providing more assistance to Mozambique in its bid to stamp out the insurgents.
The Mozambique insurgents locally referred to as Al-Shabaab who began launching attacks in 2107 have so far killed at least 2,000 civilians and displaced another 670,000. The insurgents cemented reports of ties with the Islamic State when it pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2019.
As part of the Mozambican counterinsurgency efforts, the government contacted foreign mercenaries for help.
Mercenaries from South Africa, identified as the Dyck Advisory Group, were contracted however, a recent Amnesty International report accused South African mercenaries in Mozambique of possible war crimes and the indiscriminate killing of civilians.