06 Apr '18, 3pm

US continues to disrupt Shabaab in Jilib, Somalia

US continues to disrupt Shabaab in Jilib, Somalia

The United States attacked al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia in the southern town of Jilib, a recurring strike location and known Shabaab safe haven. The strike killed three terrorists and destroyed a vehicle with a mounted heavy machine gun yesterday afternoon, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release today. The US has now conducted a total of eleven 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 unspecified location outside of Kismayo. The plurality of American strikes in both 2018 and the decade-long air campaign have occurred in Jilib. Jilib is a known safe haven for Shabaab. The US State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism for 2016 noted that the Jubba River Val...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2018/04/jilib.php

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