Continuing an escalation of US airstrikes in Somalia that’s been ongoing for over a year, Africom says that at least six “militants” were killed on Sunday in Dheerow Sanle, in the Lower Shabelle region.
This is the second US strike of January, both against the same town in the Somali southwest,
and both nominally targeted al-Shabaab movement. The US has yet to
identify any of the slain, beyond saying they believe they’re all
al-Shabaab, and no civilians were killed.
Beyond that, the statements are almost word-for-word identical, saying
that their assessment was no civilians killed or wounded, and justifying
the attack as limiting the “freedom of movement” of the al-Shabaab
The US carried out 47 strikes in Somalia in 2018, and were increasing
them near year’s end. In December, there were six strikes that killed an
estimated 60 people. It is rare for the US to identify anyone killed in
these strikes, mostly signature strikes, and just believes that if it
is hitting al-Shabaab targets, the slain must be al-Shabaab members.
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