Precision U.S. Airstrike Decimates ISIS Forces in Northeastern State, Somalia

In May 31, 2024, a U.S. airstrike in Northeastern State, Somalia targeted and eliminated ISIS militants near Dhaardaar, 81 km southeast of Bosaso. The operation, conducted by the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia, resulted in the deaths of three militants without any civilian casualties reported.

This airstrike was part of the ongoing efforts to combat extremist groups in the region, particularly ISIS-Somalia, a group that has been active in the area since 2015. Led by Abdul Qadir Mumin, this faction of former Al-Shabaab militants pledged allegiance to the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and has carried out various brutal attacks, including targeted assassinations and suicide bombings.

The successful operation demonstrates the dedication of the U.S. military and its allies to maintain security and stability in the region. AFRICOM has been actively involved in counterterrorism efforts in Somalia, collaborating with local forces to combat extremism and promote peace in conflict-affected areas.

The airstrike in Dhaardaar is just one example of the ongoing initiatives by the U.S. military and its allies to combat extremism and promote stability. By targeting and neutralizing key militant figures, these operations play a crucial role in protecting innocent civilians and fostering peace in areas affected by conflict.

AFRICOM emphasized the significance of these operations in preventing ISIS from planning and executing attacks that harm civilians. The command, based in Stuttgart, Germany, and its partners continue to take action to enhance security in Africa by countering threats and crises, as well as supporting security forces.

The airstrike in Northeastern State dealt a significant blow to ISIS militants in Somalia, highlighting the importance of international collaboration in the fight against terrorism. As the fight against extremist groups in Somalia persists, the international community remains committed to aiding local efforts in combating terrorism and promoting stability.

The operation in Dhaardaar came shortly after Northeastern State disputed FGS claims of conducting an airstrike in the Bari region.

(report by AXADLETM)

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