Saturday 16 December 2017

U.S. Says Strikes Target Islamist Militants in Southern Somalia

U.S. Says Strikes Target Islamist Militants in Southern Somalia
(Bloomberg 08/11/17)
U.S. Says Strikes Target Islamist Militants in Southern Somalia

U.S. forces conducted two strikes on al-Qaeda-linked fighters in southern Somalia that the Horn of Africa nation’s government said killed a senior militant.

The attacks took place Thursday near the Benadir region, U.S. Africa Command said in a statement, without giving further details. Somalia’s government said President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed authorized a “coordinated operation with international partners.”

The man killed was a “high-level” leader of the al-Shabaab militant group responsible for bombings and assassinations in the capital, Mogadishu, the Information Ministry said in an emailed statement.

The U.S., which already supported Somalia’s battle against al-Shabaab with drone strikes, has stepped up involvement this year, in May announcing the first death of a U.S. service member in combat there since 1993. Al-Shabaab has been waging an insurgency since 2006 in a bid to impose its version of Islamic law. While its fighters were forced out of the capital in 2011 by Somali and African Union forces, they still conduct regular attacks. Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-10/u-s-says-strikes-targ...

By Mohamed Sheikh Nor

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