14 Nov '17, 12am

US launches 3 more strikes in Somalia

US launches 3 more strikes in Somalia

The US military continues to intensify its air campaign in Somalia against Shabaab and its rival, the Islamic State. US Africa Command, or AFRICOM, has launched more strikes in 2017 than in any previous year of the air campaign. This month, American targeting expanded to include the Islamic State. On Nov. 11, US forces conducted an airstrike against Shabaab fighters in Gaduud, killing one, AFRICOM noted in a press release. Gaduud is located approximately 250 miles southwest of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital. US airpower hit Shabaab forces as they were “participating in attacks on a US and Somali convoy” that was traveling in the area. AFRICOM classified this engagement as a “self-defense strike,” a euphemism for close air support for offensive operations. American air power often facilitates offensive raids against Shabaab positions and training camps deep within territory c...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/11/us-launch...

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