The U.S is sending dozens of troops to Somalia to train and equip their national army. Their goal of sending these troops is to teach basic logistics operations that will allow the National Army to better fight al Shabaab. These troops are going to be joining the small number of US special operation forces who are there providing counterterrorism assistance and support to local forces in battling al Shabaab, who is a local al Qaeda affiliate. There are about 50 counterterrorism advisors that are in Somalia already as apart of the ongoing mission. These new training efforts come because US military leaders see new opportunities to work with the newly elected president Mohamed Abdullah Farrago.