In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. military forces claimed an airstrike in southern Somalia has killed at least nine al-Shabab militants after an insurgent attack on government forces.
A statement by the U.S. Africa Command said, “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike after al-Shabaab militants attacked Somalian Government forces approximately 40 kilometers northeast of Kismayo, Somalia, on October 1, 2018.”
The Pentagon said at least one al-Shabab militant was wounded in the airstrike, which was carried out in coordination with the Somali government on Monday, about 40 kilometers northeast of the southern city of Kismayo.
“We currently assess no civilians were injured or killed in this air strike”, the statement said. “U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and to disable terrorist threats. This includes partnering with AMISOM and Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) in combined counterterrorism operations and targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe havens throughout Somalia and the region.”
The U.S. has conducted more than 20 such airstrikes in Somalia this year.
A suicide car bomb rammed into a local government office in Somalia’s capital on September 10, killing at least six people in an attack claimed by al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab.
A U.S. airstrike conducted September 21, 2018 killed 18 suspected militants about 30 miles northwest of Kismayo, Lower Juba Province, Somalia.
Two suspected terrorists were killed and one other was wounded in the central Somali village of Mubaraak, approximately 37 miles west of Mogadishu on September 11, 2018.
Three alleged al-Shabaab militants were killed 25 miles southwest of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, on August 27.
Al-Shabab, which is allied with al-Qaida, has been fighting since 2006 to overthrow the Somali government and turn the country into a strict Islamic state.
The deadliest attack in the country since the Islamist insurgency began in 2007 killed 263 people after a truck bomb detonated in Mogadishu, on October 16, 2017.
In May, 2017, a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in the African country during a raid on an Al-Shabab compound, marking the first U.S. combat death in Somalia since the infamous “Black Hawk Down” incident in 1993, when 18 U.S. service members were killed.
A civil war caused the collapse of the regime of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre, who fled the country in January 1991, but an internationally recognized government was formed in August 2012.
In coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), U.S. forces have also conducted a number of airstrikes against Islamic terror groups in Libya.
An attack on U.S. forces on October 4, 2017 killed four American soldiers in southwest Niger.
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