When military forces from Africa, Europe and the United States conducted the seventh Cutlass Express maritime exercise in 2018, they were joined by the Somali Maritime Police — the first time in nearly 30 years that Somalia had participated in any security exercise outside its own borders.
Participation in a military training exercise is a significant step for Somalia. The country has yet to fully defeat al-Shabaab extremists, and it relies on 22,000 African Union Mission in Somalia peacekeepers from six other African countries. In August 2018, the United Nations Security Council extended the mission until May 2019.
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