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US concentrates Somalian air campaign around Jilib | FDD's Long War Journal

US concentrates Somalian air campaign around Jilib | FDD's Long War Journal

US forces launched a strike yesterday that killed two members of Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia and East Africa, and wounded another fighter. The strike occurred in Jilib, a village south of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. The US has now conducted a total of six strikes in Somalia in 2018, all of which have targeted Shabaab, AFRICOM Media Relations Officer Samantha Reho told FDD’s Long War Journal . Strikes in 2018 have been concentrated in and around Jilib , including nearby Jamaame and an unspecific location 50 km northwest of Kismayo. Over the decade-long air campaign, the plurality of American strikes have occurred in Jilib, a known haven for al Qaeda’s network in East Africa. According to the US State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism for 2016 , Shabaab maintains a safe haven in the Jubba River Valley, and controls “several villages and towns throughout Ju...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2018/02/somalia-j...

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