US says new air raids hit Al Shabaab in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – U.S military says it has carried out two drone strikes against major stronghold of al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab in south of Somalia.
The air raids were conducted near Jilib town in Middle Juba region in support to the government of Somalia, killing one militant, said in a statement by US Africom.
The US says it intensified airstrikes to increase pressure on the al-Shabaab network and degrade its ability to plot and conduct operations.
“we assess no civilians were injured or killed in these airstrikes”, said in the statement.
The US military says it is committed to preventing al-Shabaab from taking advantage of safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia.
The military believed that the group uses portions of southern and central Somalia to plot and direct terror attacks, steal humanitarian aid, extort the local populace to fund its operations, and shelter radical terrorists.
The U.S. Africa Command said its forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to protect the Somali people, including partnered military counter-terror operations against Al Shabaab.