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US says 2 al Shabaab killed in new airstrikes in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – US military says it has killed two militants in two new airstrikes targeting al Shabaab in the south of Somalia.

The strikes were conducted on June 16, 2019, near major al Shabaab stronghold in Jilib town, said Air Force Brig. Gen. William P. West, deputy director of operations, U.S. Africa Command.

P. West says two militants were killed in air raids in coordination with the Federal government of Somalia.

“The airstrikes like these are one part of our strategy working with Somalia to increase security”, he said.

He says no civilians were injured or killed as a result of the bombing.

P. West added U.S. will continue to work with its partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia from AMISOM to the Federal Government of Somalia.

He also highlighted U.S. forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to assist military counterterrorism operations led by Somali army and African Union troops in a bid to weaken al Shabaab.


Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline