MOGADISHU, Somalia –The United State military boss in Africa has resumed strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the levant branch in Somalia.
The U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. William West, deputy director of operations, U.S. Africom said the air raid targeting ISIL militants has killed a fighter in the Golis Mountain of Puntland region in Somalia.
Gen. West says the strike was executed on July 27 in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia to disrupt terror organization operations and degrade their capabilities whenever possible.
The Golis Mountains are a known area for terrorist activity, he said.
West added that such precision airstrikes are supporting Somali security forces efforts to protect its people from terrorism and support long-term security in the region.
“We assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike. Our process and procedures allow for additional information to inform post-strike analysis”, he added.
Gen. West says U.S. would continue to work with Somalia and its partners to weaken the al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
Over a dozen Islamic State fighters were killed in separate drone strikes carried out around hills in Puntland region of Somalia since the start of this year.
However, the U.S. military pledged its forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to assist partnered military counterterrorism operations which are ongoing in Somalia.