05 Jun '18, 1pm

US kills 27 Shabaab terrorists in rare northern Somalia strike

US kills 27 Shabaab terrorists in rare northern Somalia strike

In a strike over the weekend, the US killed 27 Shabaab terrorists, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release yesterday. The strike took place 26 miles southwest of Bosasso, a major seaport and provincial capital in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region. It is the northern-most strike conducted against Shabaab in the past decade. A strike that far north, particularly with such a high casualty count, demonstrates the alarming geographic scope of Shabaab’s insurgency in the country. Bosaso and Jana Cabdalle, the location of the southern-most operation in Somalia in 2018, are nearly 1,000 miles apart. US operations against Shabaab tend to be concentrated in southern Somalia, near the capital and areas in the Jubba River Valley such as Jilib . The only other known strike against Shabaab in Puntland occurred in June 2007, in which US forces targeted Sal...

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