U.S. conducts airstrikes against al-Shabaab – Somali gov’t

MOGADISHU (SD) – U.S airstrikes have destroyed Al-Shabaab bases in Central Somalia, the Federal Government confirmed said Sunday.

In a statement, Somali said two airstrikes hit Al-Shabaab firing positions at mid-morning between Ba’adweyn and Amara towns in Galmudug State.

“This is another major blow to al-Shabaab’s to blow to wage war against the Somali people. The airstrikes destroyed a large al-Shabaab firing position engaging Danab and SMA forces as they approached,” the statement reads in part.

The strike is the second in about ten days and the third one since president Joe Biden took office in January.

The U.S. carried out 63 airstrikes against al-Shabaab in 2019 and 53 airstrikes in 2020.

Another seven airstrikes were launched in the first two-and-a-half weeks of 2021, before former U.S. President Donald Trump left office.

Somali military has intensified operations against al-Shabaab fighters in central and southern Somalia.

The military claimed to have killed more than 100 al-Shabaab militants in recent months.

Al-Shabaab also lost controlled of several small towns in Mudug region following fierce fighting with Somali forces.

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