Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Al Shabaab terrorists killed by United States airstrikes in recent attacks

Al Shabaab terrorists killed by United States airstrikes in recent attacks

A Somali intelligence officer told The Associated Press the strikes on Gandarshe, a town along the Indian Ocean coast, were aimed at foiling a planned extremist attack.

A flurry of U.S. airstrikes killed 62 militants over a two-day span in Somalia, U.S. Africa Command said Monday. - More than 500 American forces are partnering with African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali national security forces in counterterrorism operations, and have conducted frequent raids and drone strikes on Al-Shabaab training camps throughout Somalia. In 2016, there were 15 strikes on al-Shabab targets - and just 15 total in the seven years before that.

Last month, the USA military said it killed 37 extremist in two airstrikes near Debatscile, Somalia.

The U.S. military's massive aerial assault on al-Shabab enclaves in Somalia over the weekend killed dozens of terrorist fighters and signaled that the Trump administration could take an even more aggressive tack in 2019. On Sunday another 28 were killed, U.S. Africa Command said.

With these attacks, U.S. forces have carried out at least 46 airstrikes so far this year against al-Shabaab, which is allied to al-Qaida and Africa's most active Islamic extremist group.

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No civilians were killed or injured during the airstrikes, among the deadliest this year, the statement added.

Al-Shabab, which is allied with al-Qaida and is working to implement Shariah law in Somalia, has long used the Gandarshe region to launch attacks against its enemies.

"Alongside our Somali and worldwide partners, we are committed to preventing al Shabaab from taking advantage of safe havens", Africom said in a statement on Monday.

After decades of the United States largely leaving Somalis to work out their own problems, the Trump administration with its focus on counterterror operations has grown the number of USA military personnel in the country to an estimated 500.

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