first published on October 18, 2018 by Will
In what is being called the largest strike in Somalia since 2017, US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) just wiped out 60 al Shabaab fighters at once this last weekend.
According to AFRICOM’s official release: “We currently assess this airstrike killed approximately 60 terrorists. This precision airstrike was the largest airstrike against al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017, when U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against an al-Shabaab camp killing approximately 100 terrorists. We also currently assess this airstrike did not injure or kill any civilians.”
The strike was conducted in the vicinity of Harardere, which is significantly further north than the usual anti al Shabaab operations, which may be indicative of al Qaeda’s spreading influence within the nation.
Al Shabaab means “the youth” in Arabic, and the group has sworn allegiance to al Qaeda, although they have considered an alliance with the Islamic State in the past.
The US officially announced drone strikes in Somalia starting in 2011, although various American airstrikes and JSOC covert missions have been ongoing since the beginning of the Global War on Terror (2001).
The United States has conducted 27 strikes against Shabaab in 2018, according to AFRICOM’s Maj. Karl Wiest as reported by FDD’s Long War Journal.
The following video shows a small contingent of U.S. Marines teaching Ugandan Forces how to conduct combat engineer operations in order to defeat Al Shabaab.