US says new strikes killed 62 Al Shabaab in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The United States military says it has killed 62 Al Shabaab militants in six drone strikes carried out in Somalia.
The air raids were conducted on Saturday and Sunday near Gandarshe area, some 47km away from Somali capital Mogadishu, said in a statement by US military command.
The command said the airstrikes were conducted in close coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia to degrade al-Shabaab’s freedom of movement and to increase pressure on the terrorist network.
“Alongside our Somali and international partners, we are committed to preventing al-Shabaab from taking advantage of safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia”, the command said.
US military says 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 desired end state in East Africa is one in which terrorist organizations cannot destabilize Somalia and its neighboring states, nor threaten the interests of the U.S. and its international allies in the region.
U.S. Africa Command says it will continue to work with its partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia from the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) to the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States.
The command says U.S. forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to protect the Somali people, including partnered military counter-terror operations with the Federal Government of Somalia, AMISOM and Somali National Army forces.