President Trump Accelerates Drone Strikes In Somalia

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President Trump’s expansion of war is most evident in the skies of Somalia where an acceleration in drone strikes have been reported.

U.S. Africa Command has conducted fourteen airstrikes since August bringing the year’s total to eighteen. The increased tempo of airstrikes started in September between the Kismayo and Mogadisu region.

Earlier this month, we reported on Trump’s administration hitting a new milestone - when U.S. Africa Command launched its first airstrike against the Islamic State-linked fighters - further accelerating the US presence..

Defense One highlights this momentous achievement…

U.S. Africa Command has released data on 18 strikes this year, more than four times the average over the previous seven years. 

The escalation of U.S. Africa Command presence in Somalia was made possible by president Trump’s order in March that ”allows the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct lethal action against al-Shabaab within a geographically-defined area of active hostilities in support of partner forces in Somalia.”

Defense One outlines a majority of the airstrikes have been situated around Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia where a mixture of Al-Shabab attack zones and support zones reside.

Back in October, Al-Shabab blew up a truck bomb in the capital killing 300 making it one of the nation’s worst terrorist attack ever. The devastating bombing was in response to President Trump and Somalia’s newly elected president forming new military efforts to combat the rise in Islamic State-linked fighters in the country.

Drones have been responsible for most of the airstrikes and what the report states it’s impossible to verify how many ‘extremist’ have been killed.

Defense One notes,

The Bureau for Investigative Journalism estimates that the strikes have killed as few as 88 people and as many as 124. The group also says it has tracked nearly 30 strikes for 2017, about a dozen more than the Pentagon claims.  

Micah Zenko, a writer at foreignpolicy.com, outlines (dated Nov 09) that in 5+ months Trump has bombed Somalia 17 times verse Obama bombed Somalia 29 times in 7+years. The explanation for Trump’s rapid bombardment is the geographical spread of  strikes in the country is much larger, plus he authorized a new enemy back in March - ISIS.

Earlier this year, the US military reported about 50 US troops were stationed in Somalia providing training and advice for the Somali military, but as of lately the figure now stands at 500.

Before President Trump, the US military has always maintained a small presence in the region. Now it seems with the geographical spread larger and a new enemy in the region defined; the endless wars will most certainly continue further enriching the US-military industrial complex.

 

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Stu Elsample's picture

Best way to spend tax dollars....Kill em all

auricle's picture

The MIC is expert at making murder feel honorable and the right thing to do. Everyone killed is a bad person. 

skbull44's picture

So much for cutting back on military overreach...

https://olduvai.ca

pods's picture

When viewed through the Orange Jesus 5D chess glasses, this is actually peaceful diplomacy. 

pods

bobcatz's picture

Yep! Bombing those who can't bomb back. How'bout N Korea, ugh, Bully Trump?

old naughty's picture

they say there's this little red book hand-passed from one potus to the other...

trumpedbama.

BennyBoy's picture

 

CIA sets up ISIS with money, intel, direction.

Then US drones them to death.

First create Boogeyman then kill Boogeyman! Success!

RafterManFMJ's picture

Control, we just dropped on a dog, Hellfire used, 2 left.

Raptor 2 video shows that ‘dog’ had two legs, was 3 feet tall, and was carrying a Barbie?

Control, Raptor 2 requests you delete video of drop, and will meet you after work at the Mandalay Bar; I’m buying

bobcatz's picture

There's always blowback. It might not be reported, nut it's always there.

runswithscissors's picture

The drone strikes would make more sense in Chicongo.

ReZn8r's picture

In Somalia, yes. Take aim at every opportunity. Actually wipe Somalia of the map and flush it into hell.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Wasn't Somalia one of the "7 countries in 5 years"? Somalia is unstable because of US military intervention.

The US policy stays THE SAME,indifferent of who's the President.

And the US tradition is for the acting president to be worse than the prior one. After Bush the moron,I did not think it was possible for a worse one.And then ,we had the Faggot with 7 or 8 wars,drone attacks,the bailing of the Wall Street bankers,Obamacare...

Now,the Donald,who is obviously a Shabbos-Goy,is catching up.

QED

Crazy Or Not's picture

Here (Spain/Portugal/Ireland) Sam Girod's have a little more flexibility (mostly due to the incompetence of Govt. enforcers) and such products can be found in a mostly low key/ under the counter kind of way. State still slaves to pharma interests. 

Somalia is an undiscovered Oil producer, its been geophis'ed  and probably more by X-37B/Satellitte flyovers. Stability is NOW required.
Policing China's foothold in Djibouti and owning or controlling the local proxy forces becomes a greater priority.

Reuters covered the trend to this situation in 2013 
 

My guess is it will go Balkan - "accidental" bombing of opposing Embassies - proxy forces tasted against one another, attacks on Foreign Forces Bases. (KSA has a Djibouti Base also - probably for the stuff US would rather not be seen doing).  

If you'd like this expanded upon in an article - let me know.

Orknot.

HRClinton's picture

And then you wonder why the whole world hates America's guts and wishes us ill.

What goes around...

chunga's picture

I blame the sports players.

Stu Elsample's picture

Do you actually think that the filthy ungrateful and insanely jealous 3rd world trash (who we have been feeding and taking care of for decades) would NOT hate the USA if we did not kill off terrorists???

You're a stupid fuck stick and an ignorant douche if you believe that

hoist the bs flag's picture

weird Stu...I thought they hated us for our Freedumbs

aurum4040's picture

They hated us since the Ottoman Empire. Get a clue you dumb all war is bad cucks. 

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Don't be so fucking stupid. We suck the 3rd world  dry, rig the financial rules in our favour, then give them back a bit of their own wealth out of guilt. Make no mistake, these 3rd world trash as you call the, have been robbed blind and our schemes are still creaming from them. I would really love to see the analysis, where we have been taking care of the 3rd world "in their own lands" vs what we take from the. You are an outright fantasist if you believe what you wrote.

Nixon coming off the gold standard, showed the world who was really broke. The USSA is 5% of the worlds population, yet sucks 24% of the worlds resources, runs a trade deficit, manufactures fuck all. King of FIAT. King of debt and unfunded liabilities, on the basis of promises it can't meet. The Petro-dollar scam. Keep dreaming. Why do you think the USSA is in Africa? Altruism? lol Why is Uncle Scam Sahel? Who do you think is placing ISIS forces in the Sahel?

 

quadraspleen's picture

You're a stupid fuck stick and an ignorant douche if you believe that those “terrorists” exist in a vacuum.

Go and learn geopolitical realpolitik 101, and then read a bit of John Pilger or globalresearch before coming on ZH and insulting clearly more intelligent people than yourself. Terrorists my ass.

While you’re doing your research, look into the (documented) links between DynCorp, the CIA and USAID (they’re the lot whose name appears on sacks of grain in poor countries with lots of untapped natural resources)

Prick

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

I agree.

The fact that we allow savages to own the richest continent on earth is a disgrace to civilization.

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

I really wonder how retarded one must be to be able to arrive at the conclusion: "Best way to spend tax dollars....Kill em all"

Would it, for example, not be better to spend those tax dollars on replacing some rusted old bridges at the point of collapse in your own country, instead of killing some people abroad with whom you don't have any business whatsoever?

But allas,this retard believes in the law of the jungle and "might makes right". Even if it's just for fun, for sports, just like they killed the natives in the past. Copy and paste "indian" for "foreigner": The best foreigner is a dead foreigner!

What do you say to a gorilla with a machinegun? "Yes Sir"

 

quadraspleen's picture

it would be better spending those tax dollars educating dumb cunts that come on ZH spewing ignorant trollisms like that

M O B's picture

He was being sarcastic. Nevermind, he really is that dumb.

rbwilkinson's picture

Who is 'em'. Women and children too?

War crimes except there is no declaration of war. So just crimes by madmen. 

I support Trump but it is wearing thin.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Cause HE "CAN"?!!!

P.S.

Hey Mr. President... How are those drones of your's working out in Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa?!!!

serotonindumptruck's picture

He should try to send those drones into the Donbass region of Ukraine.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

I almost put that in but what's the point when you have U.S. Navy pilots drawing cocks with their airplanes (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-17/its-bird-its-plane-its-giant-sk...) when they aren't of course crashing ships into commercial merchant vessels because they are too busy below deck "pulling trains" THESE DAYS!...

Yeah!...

Our boyz and girlz in uniform can do almost "ANYTHING"!!!

serotonindumptruck's picture

As the officer corp of the USS Donald Cook quickly realized, the Russian Kbinhy anti-electronic warfare system clearly demonstrated that the Western Aegis missile system is obsolete, and it's far better to surrender to superior technology than to try to fight against it.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

All kidding aside sdt

Look at the shiny new "object" the Russian Federation's Navy just placed in the water!... (https://southfront.org/nuclear-powered-submarine-prince-vladimir-was-flo...)

This wasn't announced for nothing. Especially when they carry the most advanced SLBMs the RSM-56s!

Definitely sending a pre-Xmas message to President Donny to "check his list twice" before doin anymore "naughty" in Russia's neck of the woods!

serotonindumptruck's picture

Yep.

She's definitely what we in the West would call a "boomer".

Don't fuck with Vladimir Putin.

hoist the bs flag's picture

no worries. Dotard will tweet whatever moves we have planned next to his Russian buddies.   

with firm hand shakes and swooning eyes

HowdyDoody's picture

The Russians have also restarted production of the Tu-160M2 White Swan at the Kazan plant. The first one just rolled off the production line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgv1FA5q8OQ

That is one fine looking airplane.

vulcanraven's picture

so THAT'S what happens in the cockpit...

veritas semper vinces's picture

He was trying to tell us that they are all 'dicks" in the US army .

yellowsub's picture

Why don't Micah pull up Obama's bombing stats in the Middle East...

VWAndy's picture

 Does this make him as great as Obomba?

hoist the bs flag's picture

even worse. he promisd to GTFO out of the mideast and to stop "meddling with them"

and here we are. 

VWAndy's picture

 Thats kinda what Obomba did.

hoist the bs flag's picture

 spot on. but we knew we were getting a liar with Obozo..Trump was "different"

RationalLuddite's picture

 

The US of A is needing new recruiting ground for proxies they can pay to implement their Managed Chaos 'strategy' in ME & Europe.  Recruitment drive

topspinslicer's picture

There ain't no good guy there aint no bad guy there's just me and you and we just disagree

Scornd's picture

dude. what friggin year is it?

johnwburns's picture

Wait until they get imported to Minnesota then drone them. 

Laughing.Man's picture

We're running out of enemies.  We gotta make new ones.

JibjeResearch's picture

Against fucken... malnourished boney fucks?

This shit is so retarded...