US strike kills 8 Al Shabaab in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – United States military says it has killed at least 8 Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab fighters in drone carried out in Somalia.
The strike was conducted near Gandarshe area, some 45km away from Somali capital Mogadishu, leaving 8 militants dead, according to US Africom command.
“This airstrike was 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”, the command said.
“We currently assess this airstrike killed eight (8) militants with no civilians involved”.
The US military says “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 US military said 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 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, and 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.