US Airstrike in Somalia Kills 12 Al-Shabaab Fighters, Supporting Somali Federal Government in Countering Terrorism
The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) has announced that an airstrike in Somalia killed 12 al-Shabaab fighters on Friday in support of the Somali federal government and army. This comes as the US increases its efforts to counter the al-Shabaab terrorist group in the region, following President Joe Biden’s approval last year of a Pentagon request to deploy fewer than 500 US troops to the region.
AFRICOM has stated that “rooting out extremism requires intervention beyond traditional military means.” This sentiment has been reflected in recent US airstrikes in the region, which have resulted in dozens of al-Shabaab casualties. Last month alone saw a US strike that killed approximately 30 al-Shabaab fighters, and additional strikes in October, November, and December of 2020 that killed two, seventeen, and six militants respectively.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has declared an all-out war against al-Shabab, a terrorist group affiliated with the al-Qaida network, since his swearing-in to office in May 2022. The US continues to provide support to the Somali government in its fight against extremism.
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