US Military Strikes Al-shabaab Hard, Eliminating 30 Fighters in Somalia!
About 30 al-Shabaab fighters were killed in a US airstrike in Somalia, according to a statement from US Africa Command on Saturday. In support of Somalia National Army forces engaged in “hard battle following a complex, extended, intense onslaught by more than 100 al-Shabaab fighters,” US forces on Friday “conducted a collective self-defense strike,” according to a statement about the terrorist organization affiliated to al Qaeda.
According to a US defense official, no US military personnel were on the ground when the airstrike occurred. The attack occurred close to Galcad, roughly 260 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Due to the remote location, US Africa Command determined that no people were hurt or killed.
Since President Joe Biden authorized a Pentagon request to redeploy US soldiers to the region in May 2022 to combat the terrorist group, the US has continued to support the Somali government. The decision to send less than 500 troops marked a reversal of the previous administration’s plan to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan by 2020.
The stability and security of all of East Africa depend on Somalia. On Saturday, the US military said that U.S. Africa Command forces “will continue training, advising, and equipping partner forces to help provide them the tools they need to destroy al-Shabaab, the largest and most lethal al-Qaeda network in the world.”
Over the past few months, numerous strikes by US forces in the area have killed multiple al-Shabaab members. Two al-Shabaab fighters were killed by a US strike in October, which occurred 218 kilometers to the NW of Mogadishu.
Around 285 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, a further November strike killed 17 al-Shabaab fighters. And in late December, another US strike near the city of Cadale, located around 150 miles northeast of the capital, killed six al-Shabaab terrorists.