“I have taken on the task of working together to move US forces from Somalia to other bases in East Africa,” Gen. Stephen Tonsed, commander of US forces in Africa, said in a statement.
CNN did not mention the number of US troops stationed in Somalia.
Donald Trump, who is in the final days of his tenure in the White House, in an important military decision earlier this month, ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Somalia in early 2021.
The Pentagon has announced that the President of the United States has instructed the US Department of Defense and the African Command to relocate most of its personnel and assets from Somalia in early 2021.
According to the US Department of Defense, the country’s troops in Somalia are training internal forces to fight al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab.
The withdrawal of US troops from Somalia comes as the White House last month ordered a reduction in US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, said the order would reduce the number of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to 2,500 by January 15, 2021.
O’Brien said the remaining forces will work to protect the US embassies in Iraq and Afghanistan and other US agencies operating in the two countries.
The White House National Security Adviser added: “This is not a new policy, and the US President has announced the number of US troops stationed in the two countries since taking office.