US airstrike kills over 100 Islamic terrorist in Somalia
A single American military airstrike killed an estimated 100 or more fighters allied with the Somali-based terror group al-Shabab, the Pentagon revealed Tuesday, adding to an an escalating body count as the Trump administration ramps up the counterterrorism campaign in the East African nation.The story does not indicate where the US planes were based, but I suspect they flew out of Djibouti. The base there has been used in attacks in Somalia in the past as well as attacks in Yemen. There are also special forces operating in the area. This looks like a continuation of the US aggressive attacks on Islamic terrorists since the Trump administration came into power.
U.S. forces working with the Somalian government on Tuesday confirmed an American sortie against a suspected al-Shabab camp ended with more than 100 fighters dead. The strike, which took place 125 miles west of the Somali capital of Mogadishu, was the largest casualty count racked up by U.S. warplanes operating in Somalia this month.
“U.S. forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats,” via partner nation forces including those with the African Union and Somali federal forces, according to a statement issued by U.S. Africa Command, shortly after Tuesday’s strike.
Tuesday’s strike against the al-Shabab compound was the fifth such attack by American fighters against targets associated with the terror group inside Somalia.
Several militants were killed during a pair of initial airstrikes on Nov. 3, while several more died during a Nov. 14 U.S. strike on an al-Shabab target 60 miles northwest of Mogadishu, command officials confirmed at the time.
American warplanes took out a single Somali jihadi during a Nov. 11 strike, after observing the target participate in a coordinated ambush of a U.S. and Somali convoy moving thru the Gaduud region in the southwest part of the country.