MOGADISHU (SD) -The US military command AFRICOM in collaboration with the Somali Federal Government’s National Army has launched a drone strike against Al-Shabaab militants, following an attack by Al-Shabaab forces near Dudubley on the 22nd of this month.
“A battle-damage assessment is still pending. The command’s initial assessment is that no civilians were injured or killed because of this airstrike,” AFRICOM said.
The released press statement also stated that the US forces had been authorized to carry out attacks in support of Somalia forces under the 2001 Authorization of Use for Military Forces.
“The Somali Federal Government and U.S Africa forces take great measures to prevent civilians’ casualties. These efforts contrast with the indiscriminate attacks that Al-Shabaab regularly conducts against the civilian population,” taking great steps to prevent civilian casualties. These efforts are in stark contrast to al-Shabaab’s indiscriminate attacks on civilians,” from the AFRICOM released statement.
AFRICOM confirms the Federal Government of Somalia and the United States remain committed to fighting Al-Shabaab, to prevent the massacre of innocent civilians. The airstrike comes at a time that Somalia is concluding the parliamentary elections in the country.
It is the first US airstrike in Somalia in 2022, and comes at a time when the United States has significantly reduced targeting militants in Somalia.
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