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US confirms airstrikes in Amara

Djibouti (SD) – US Army Command in Africa (AFRICOM) in a released statement, confirmed that US forces bombed Amara area in Mudug region.

The statement from AFRICOM said that US forces, in collaboration with the Somali government, carried out a joint operation in Amara, Mudug region.

“In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted a collective self-defence strike against al-Shabaab fighters engaged in active combat with our Somali partners in the vicinity of Amara, Somalia, on Aug. 24.” The AFRICOM Statement said.

AFRICOM said it was assessing the damage caused by Al Shabaab fighters but knew that no civilians were harmed.

“A battle-damage assessment is still pending due to the ongoing engagement between al-Shabaab and Somali forces. The command’s initial assessment is that no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike.” AFRICOM said.

Finally, the AFRICOM command stated that they will continue to fight Al Shabaab.

“The Federal Government of Somalia and the U.S. remain committed to fighting al-Shabaab to prevent the deaths of innocent civilians. Violent extremist organizations like al-Shabaab present long-term threats to the U.S. and regional interests.” AFRICOM said.

AFRICOM says unlike Al Shabaab that their forces and Somali troops are paying extra attention to avoiding civilian casualties.

“The Federal Government of Somalia and U.S. Africa Command forces take great measures to prevent civilian casualties. These efforts contrast with the indiscriminate attacks that al-Shabaab regularly conducts against the civilian population.” The AFRICOM Statement said.

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