US Launches First Airstrike Against ISIS Fighters In Somalia

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The Pentagon’s gradually escalating combat mission in Somalia reached another important milestone Friday - one of many that have occurred since the inauguration of President Donald Trump - when the military revealed that it had carried out the first airstrikes against Islamic State-linked fighters in Somalia.

The news comes as ISIS forces in Syria were driven out of their last remaining patch of territory as Syrian Army forces retook the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, inspiring even anti-Assad pundits to marvel at the Army’s advance against seemingly insurmountable odds.

A US official told the Associated Press the strikes were carried out in northeastern Somalia, with the first around midnight local time and the second later in the morning. The official was not authorized to discuss the mission publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

But one Somali security official said at least six missiles struck Buqa, a remote mountainous village roughly 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Qandala town in Somalia's northern state of Puntland. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

ISIS-linked fighters are a growing presence in the Horn of Africa nation long threatened by the al Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabab.

As most of the American public was made aware by the success of the movie “Black Hawk Down”, Somalia has been without a functioning government for a quarter-century. Its  vast, ungoverned spaces allow extremist groups to gather and train. Al-Shabab has carried out deadly attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere - notably the 2013 Westgate shopping mall shooting in Nairobi. Attacks on military bases in the past two years have slowed a joint African Union-Somali offensives against the group.

The US had maintained a small presence of military advisers in Somalia for years. But shortly after Trump was inaugurated, he approved the Pentagon’s request to expand the US military role there. It includes carrying out more aggressive airstrikes against al-Shabab and considering parts of southern Somalia areas of active hostilities.

That expansion is progressing as lawmakers and the public continue to demand more information about a US special forces mission in Niger, where four green berets were recently killed in an ambush, purportedly by ISIS-linked forces.

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Brazen Heist's picture

I'm expecting ISIS to suddenly "pop up" in Afghanistan soon. That serves US interests rather well.

serotonindumptruck's picture


The Israeli Secret Intelligence Service is not going to concede defeat that easily.

krispkritter's picture

When do we start bombing Washington DC?

Sir Edge's picture


ZHedgers Please Help Me... ?

What Resouces (Oil, Natural Gas Pipeline, Gold, Opium, Rare Earth Elements, Israeli Land, etc.)...

Does the USA need to illegally extract from Somalia ?


Chuck Norris's picture

'Bout damn time Trump!   All them damn Somali brownies inhibiting my freedumbs and stuff.  This is why I stand for the anthem!!

pods's picture

I thought that the earth sits down in reverence to you?

Have they brought in the lawn darts yet?  Amerika hasn't had a good military movie in a while.  Gonna have to keep recruitment up.


NoDebt's picture

If the photo had been the one of Michael Dukakis driving around with his head poking out the top of a tank, this article would have KILLED!


El Vaquero's picture

Man, oh man, the US really hates Somalia.  Off of the top of my head, list of sequential presidents who have bombed Somalia:  George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Barak Obama, and now, Donald J Trump.  And maybe we were bombing them before that, but I don't recall any instances. 

ThirdWorldNut's picture

Warmonger McCain just had multiple orgasms.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture
US Launches First Airstrike Against ISIS Fighters In Somalia

....admits it made a mistake, thought Assad was vacationing there

Déjà view's picture

BLACK PLAGUE...upon NATO nations...

There’s a strong chance a third of all people on earth will be African by 2100

According to United Nations “medium scenario” projections, this figure will rise to 2.5 billion in 2050 and more than 4 billion in 2100

greenskeeper carl's picture

So much for trump not spending out blood and treasure halfway across the world in countries that have no ability to attack us. Or involving us in unwinnable conflicts. What happened to candidate trump? I liked him a lot better. Or was that Steve bannon I was hearing?

serotonindumptruck's picture

" are using force, and force, my friends is violence, the supreme authority by which all other authorities derive."

This movie certainly qualifies as a cult classic, although I think the writers were attempting to parody and satirize such tyrannical political concepts.


YUNOSELL's picture

So ISIS in Somalia bad, but ISIS in Syria good??? OK, got it


y3maxx's picture

Need to match the "bombed to smitherines' landscape of Yemen, hence the bombing of Somalia.

Crazy Or Not's picture

>What Resouces (Oil, etc... Does the USA need to illegally extract from Somalia ?

Well Sir Edge .... as you asked nicely, try these:
Survey by Spectrum Ltd  (Geophys surveys)....who are the largest shareholders of Spectrum???
Good Question:-

Other details of somalia, sketchy but promising: Uranium

Further details on req. ;)

emersonreturn's picture

my guess is china's interest in the area.  interesting on trumpster's asian visit.


ty for the links crazy.

Crazy Or Not's picture

No worries, just sharing the luurve!

Came across Gen. Waldhauser giving a briefing/ taking questions on AFRICOM:

"I wanted to ask you about U.S. authorities for Somalia. The Pentagon in the U.S. has asked for greater authority to do more and more flexibility with airstrikes and with helping local forces in Somalia. I'm wondering if you could talk about why you think that's necessary. What will that give you? What will that allow you to -- why -- why that's important. And would that increase the likelihood of civilian casualties -- casualties, do you believe?

GEN. WALDHAUSER: Well, thanks very much for that question. There's a couple of different aspects I like to explore, if you don't mind.

The first one is, and I think it's obvious, that really -- regardless of what combatant commander was sitting here this afternoon, I think they would all tell you that it's very important and very helpful for us to have little more flexibility, a little bit more timeliness, in terms of decision-making process and it'll allow us to give -- in fact, counter ISIS or in our case in Somalia, al- Shabaab.

It allows to prosecute targets in a more rapid fashion. So that's obviously is a -- is something that we advocate for and is -- it -- it will if we were given that opportunity, given out those permissions and authorities will be very helpful to us.

The second thing I want to mention on that is, with regards to, certainty -- a level of certainty, I think it's very, very important and if we're given that authority, that the level of certainty we have, when a bomb or missile leaves the -- leaves the rail of an airplane, that we know exactly who we are attacking on the ground.


It's very, very important that the level of certainty that we have demonstrated in AFRICOM, whether it be in Sirte, outside Libya, whether it's being in southern Libya, it's very, very important that we have a very, very high degree of certainty, in order to, you know, re-mitigate or in eliminating all total civilian casualties....."

So no bullshit there, translation: - we couldn't give a fuck about collateral damage, but we'll do the lip service thing before we lunar landscape the place.


emersonreturn's picture

again, crazy, ty for the link...great to have new sources.

Paracelsus's picture

   Great catch,crazy...Reminds me of when the UN looked the other way while the Saudis were bombing the crap out of south Yemen until they destroyed a UNESCO world listed building and THEN,ONLY THEN, did the UN make a small fuss about it. Never mind all the civilians killed by cluster bombs, provided by you-know-who.But what the hell, the Houthis are supported by the Iranians and they are the bad guys,am I right?

Meanwhile those loyal allies of ours the Saudis (9/11,remember?) are preparing to dump the PetroDollar mechanism for pricing Persian Gulf oil trading.This will cause the Treasuries to tank, unless the US invades ansd seizes the oil on some pretext (false flag? Vegas a warm up?)


mrtoad's picture

seafood.....  huge corporate fish netting ships stealing the villagers food. Hence the Somali pirates.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture


Human Resources; it's called refugees and it is used to undermine stable societies/civilizations.



HRClinton's picture

"Read: US moves ISIS to Somalia"

Does this mean that they are now targeting CHINESE interests in Africa, i.e. disrupt and destroy Supply Chains?

(Devious-thinking people, like me, want to know)


ThirdWorldDude's picture

I think the chickenhawks Rabid Dog and Ziocon Graham were pretty clear about it when they promised to avenge those poor 4 souls that were sacrificed in Niger last month. To wit:

"When asked about Niger, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) of the Senate Committee on Armed Services said, “the war is morphing. You’re going to see more actions in Africa, not less; you’re going to see more aggression by the United States toward our enemies, not less; you’re going to have decisions being made not in the White House but out in the field.


An empire backed by military projection of force is like a shark, when it stops moving - it dies.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Read: US moves ISIS to Somalia"

Indeed, Im already reading reports that Africa is the US next big war effort.

We are running short of em

Crazy Or Not's picture

I think the idea is to send the ISIS fighters back to Syria where CIA wants them.

Badsamm's picture

Good thing they dropped Levant from their name. A little far from home kids.

HRClinton's picture

So... same (((Team Owners))), different Team?

The best way to control a Conflict, is to (a) Invent the Heroes and Villains, and (b) Fund both sides.

What could go wrong, if you're a Fiat-Debt-creating (((Bankster)))? Amschel Mayer Rothschild would be proud.

BTW, if you're a (((Kabalist Billionaire/Oligarch))), does this manufactured "Blood in the streets" create great buying opportunities -- after you first "shorted some Folks"?


JuliaS's picture

The joke going around the interwebs is that the reason Russia was able to bomb ISIS in Syria so easily is because each time the terrorists spotted things falling out of high-flying aircraft, they automatically assumed it was US aid.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Thank God we got some. Now, let’s import more 65 IQ Muslim Somalis into America.

JimmyJones's picture

Hey man their average is 70.  Get your facts straight.  don't worry still retarded by any standard.

alangreedspank's picture

According to progressives, 65 IQ muslim Somalis are a resource worth fighting for.

greenskeeper carl's picture

We have to fight them there, so that we can import them to America after bombing their country? Something like that.

BrownCoat's picture

As of 2011, there were over 32,000 Somalis in Minnosota. Some have already traveled to Syria to fight with Daesh.

wildbad's picture

we're in a war in Somalia too?

jeez, i need a program

Brazen Heist's picture

Running an imperial empire and a well functioning democracy at the same time are mutually exclusive events. Hence the need to control the media and spin the whole thing as something noble and benign.

VWAndy's picture

 Wow this fucktard is just like the last two!

Blankone's picture

Trump is expanding into new countries, increasing the military budgets, demanding the military be honored before nfl games etc..

People miss that what Trump is really doing is not demanding the flag be "respected" but that the military display before the games be honored and revered.


pssst - it is trump who is likely to actually take your guns in a couple years

german Wunderkind's picture

somalia is vital for global trade, those pirates cause damages far higher than the price of some bombs. but yes, firebombng their villages till the stop support isis would be better and cheaper. just use unguided bombs and drop them at every house in somalia that will fix the problem, just like it fixed the problem in ww2.

East Indian's picture

Vladimir Vladimirovich presents his compliments and wants to know if you need his planes and soldiers.


Anteater's picture
US Launches First Airstrike Against ISIS Fighters


Since Start of Rodham-McCain Arming and Funding


The Caliphate in Libya: "We Came, We Armed, We Funded"


Haww, haww, haww


And they couldn't even get that Right!





taketheredpill's picture

Fire Control: ISIS patrol should be about 10 miles north of you. Permission to fire.

Pilot: Are you sure? 2 months ago I was in Syria and I was providing air support for ISIS.

Fire Control:  Light em up.

Pilot: Roger


Crazy Or Not's picture

With this logic we'll soon surpass $250 Million per day for every US taxpayer for the last 16 years!!!!

US African Arms trade fair coming soon!

Crazy Or Not's picture

Ladies and Gentlemen - We have a winner!

For "client" read taxpayer, for "your" read MIC MIIC TPTB

Idaho potato head's picture

Well the US needs to feel strong and Russia and China are not cooperating.

BrownCoat's picture

Look at the bright side, Congress has been just as polarized as the country, until now when Dems and Rinos came together to declare war (as stipulated in the US Consitution). There would be no other reason to bomb a country unless Congress deemed it an immediate threat to the US. I'm sure MSM will explain it all to me tonight on the "news."    

Bunga Bunga's picture

So CIA moved to Somalia?