02 Apr '18, 3pm

US strikes Shabaab in central Somalia

US forces conducted a strike against al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia over the weekend. On Apr. 1, US forces killed five Shabaab terrorists and destroyed one vehicle in a central Somali town, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release today. The operation, which occurred in El Burr, is the north-most strike in Somalia this year. The town is located in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Galmudug region and has been regularly contested by Shabaab. Most recently, Shabaab captured El Burr in Apr. 2017, following the withdraw of Ethiopian troops. The town has changed hands numerous times, including in 2012 and 2014 . The location of last weekend’s strike highlights the geographical range of US operations against Shabaab, and the scope of the al Qaeda branch’s insurgency. So far in 2018, AFRICOM has targeted Shabaab as far south as Jilib, near the Kenya border. Jilib and...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2018/04/us-strike...

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