US army strike in Somalia kills 2 militants

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

By Harun Maruf

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FILE – Armed al-Shabab fighters journey on pickup vehicles as they put together to enter Mogadishu, Somalia, December 8, 2008.

WASHINGTON – The United States has reported conducting yet another airstrike in opposition to al-Shabab in Somalia on January 23, killing two militants.

In a assertion, the united states army’s Africa Command, referred to as AFRICOM, stated it carried out a “collective self-defense” strike in opposition to al-Shabab following a request from the Somali authorities.

The strike was in help of the Somali National Army’s engagement in opposition to al-Shabab, AFRICOM stated.

The assault occurred in a distant location close to Harardhere, about 396 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, the place Somali forces had been conducting operations.

“Given the remote location of the operation, the initial assessment is that no civilians were injured or killed,” the assertion stated.

Harardhere is a coastal city and former pirate hub that was captured by Somali authorities forces on 16 January. Somalia’s Defense Minister Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur and Galmudug state chief Ahmed Abdi Karie, nicknamed Qoorqoor, posted pics of themselves accompanying Somali forces conducting army operations inside the Harardhere location. It is the second US strike in opposition to al-Shabab in current days. On January 20, the United States carried out yet another “collective self-defense” assault in opposition to al-Shabab close to Galcad city in Galmudug, killing 30 militants. AFRICOM stated Friday’s strike observed an al-Shabab assault on Somali authorities forces founded in Galcad. That assault left at the least seven authorities troopers useless, inclusive of {one of the} commanders of Somalia’s Danab, or Lightning, elite US-trained forces.

“The United States is one of several countries providing support to the Federal Government of Somalia in its ongoing campaign to disrupt, degrade and defeat terrorist groups,” AFRICOM stated. “Eliminating extremism ultimately requires intervention beyond traditional military means, leveraging U.S. and partner efforts to support effective governance, promote stabilization and economic development, and resolve ongoing conflicts.”

Despite the operations, al-Shabab has carried out raids and complicated assaults in opposition to Somali army camps and authorities services inside the capital, Mogadishu.

The militants fired mortars into downtown Mogadishu on Tuesday. The group claimed it fired 9 grenade launchers close to the presidential palace. Residents reported listening to explosions. There are reviews that one man or woman suffered a minor harm as a end result of the oblique fireplace. Last Sunday, the militants stormed a compound housing the mayor’s workplace and different neighborhood authorities inside the capital, killing 5 civilians. Security forces ended the raid and fatally shot all six attackers.

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