8 Killed In U.S Strike On al-Shabaab Militants In Somalia

While the world waits with bated breath to see if Trump will strike Syria or North Korea first in the next planned geopolitical diversion, overnight the Pentagon carried out an air strike on al-Shabaab in Somalia on Sunday, and Somalia said its special forces had joined in the attack to destroy one of the jihadist insurgent group's main training and command posts.

The office of President Mohamed Abdullahi said the base was located on Sakow, in the Middle Juba region in southern Somalia, according to VoA.

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said Sunday he authorized the country's special forces with support from international partners to conduct a pre-dawn strike against an al-Shabab training camp near Sakow. He said the strike destroyed a key al-Shabab command and supply hub, which will "disrupt the enemy’s ability to conduct new attacks within Somalia.”

"Earlier today, I authorised our special forces with the support of our international partners to conduct a strike against an al Shabaab training camp near Sakow," his statement said. "This was a successful strike that destroyed a key al Shabaab command and supply hub. This will ultimately disrupt the enemy’s ability to conduct new attacks within Somalia."


Masked Somali national army (SNA) soldiers search through homes for al-Shabab

fighters, during an operation in Ealsha Biyaha, Somalia, June, 2, 2012.

The Somali president reiterated his call to al-Shabab to take advantage of his amnesty issued on April 6. “To the members of al-Shabab, I tell you that we are bringing the fight to you. If you, however take advantage of my amnesty offer and denounce violence, we will integrate you into our reform program,” he said. “You have no future with the terrorists, but you can still be a part of Somalia’s future; a peaceful and prosperous future.”

The U.S. military confirmed it participated "as a direct response to al-Shabab actions," including recent attacks on Somali and African Union forces. It says eight al-Shabab militants were killed in the strike.

Since being pushed out of the capital Mogadishu in 2011, al Shabaab has lost control of most of Somalia's cities and towns. But it still retains a strong presence in swathes of the south and center and still carries out major gun and bomb attacks, Reuters adds. The group aims to topple Somalia's government, drive out African Union peacekeeping troops and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

The strike, which apparently was conducted by drones, was in response to an attack conducted on Thursday by the al Qaeda-linked group which struck a military base on Thursday in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region, killing 59, a Somali military officer said on Saturday.

According to VoA's Carla Babb, the alleged target of the strike was al Shabaab military commander Mahad Karate, although there has been no official confirmation from the Pentagon.


In recent years U.S. drone strikes have targeted a number of key al-Shabab commanders, including former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane who was killed on September 1, 2014.

In a statement, the DOD said that "U.S. forces conducted a strike operation against al-Shabab in Somalia, approximately 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu, according to a statement issued by chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White."

The United States conducted this operation in coordination with its regional partners as a direct response to al-Shabab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces, the Pentagon spokesperson said. 

 

This strike was conducted with the authorities approved by the president in March, which allows the Defense Department to conduct legal action against al-Shabab within a geographically-defined area of active hostilities in support of partner forces in Somalia, White said in the statement.

Considering the complete lack of press coverage of this latest strike by the US, the Pentago may have to aim a little higher (and to the north-east) next time, if Trump is to drop from the front pages.

And the full statement from the Pentagon:

Comments

MalteseFalcon Son of Loki Sun, 06/11/2017 - 16:20 Permalink

The US has been operating in Somalia and the "horn" of Africa for 40 years.Have we ever had a public discussion of that fact?A congressional vote?  A debate?Why are we in Somalia ?Is there oil there?What is the strategy?After 40 years, why no victory?What does victory look like?I think there was a film about US involvement in Somalia that was much celebrated upon release but has subsequently disappeared completely.If Somalis are our enemy, why do so many of them end up here as refugees?Does the US government use possible emigration to the US as a bargaining chip to get Somalis to go our bidding?If true, has the congress debated this program or does the government just call these Somalis 'refugees', and turn on the media's tear ducts?Do Somalis believe in global warming?

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CRM114 Sun, 06/11/2017 - 11:53 Permalink

Yeah, chuck a few missiles around to grab a headline or two - what's a couple o' million bucks?Got a strategy? Any reasonable hope these missiles will change anything?Thought not. 

PGR88 Sun, 06/11/2017 - 11:54 Permalink

U.S Strikes al Shabaab Militants In Somalia The US then paid George Soros and Catholic Charities $50 million to resettle the survivors in Minneapolis and Nashville

11th_Harmonic PGR88 Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:14 Permalink

Several years ago in my childhood hometown somewhere in flyover country, Somalis were shipped in by the truckloads. The crime rate skyrocketed, and I believe it would be safe to say that they newcomers intentionally did not assimilate very well with the locals. They have since mostly packed up and left the area.

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Deep In Vocal … Sun, 06/11/2017 - 11:58 Permalink

i've changed my mind. the sooner the population on the planet is erased to a minimum the better.  fat pigs on scootersthe woman is a whorethe man is a criminalthe core family is destroyed human soceity has peaked....facebook google amazon netflix........dumbed down zombies with smartphones..... it's only down from here....this human stuff must come to an end, they are too unstable and unreliable when given too much power. i welcome a depopulation program. slaughter as many as you can.

BigCumulusClouds Sun, 06/11/2017 - 11:59 Permalink

Ol Trumpy is going to have his hands full fighting all these wars in all these countries. Makes you wonder if the Norwegians have him in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize.

shimmy Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:11 Permalink

"The strike, which apparently was conducted by drones, was in response to an attack conducted on Thursday by the al Qaeda-linked group which struck a military base on Thursday in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region, killing 59, a Somali military officer said on Saturday."So Muslims killing other Muslims. I keep reading from morons commenting here that only alleged Muslim terrorists kill non Muslims.In the last 2 weeks, it would seem more Muslims have died from terrorist acts than all non Muslims over the last year. Clearly, the entire Muslim population in the wolrd is the problem then.

earleflorida Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:18 Permalink

its all about building an african nation coalition-of-the-willing, thingy!?!MENA's are african's too, as far as sudanese are concern and moroccan's...you go Mr. NeoCon Swamp Orange`Dome...oh, and btw... what have you done for the peasantry and proletariet lately??? [Mr] Fluff and 'Nutter'!

earleflorida Blacksunday3 Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

legitimate problem for whom?NK hasn't threatened the South!and, as far as I can tell the seas by Japan are all they have for testing their missiles? (unless they fire them into russia or china)folks seem to forget that maccarthur actually used japanese soldiers after the armitice to enslave koreans helping american's fight the korean war.they controlled all the surrounding islands and were used a spies (just change the 'doo') inland.

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Insurrexion Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:27 Permalink

"I love the smell of brown people roasting on a fire..."When the people in the U.S. military realize they are in the genocide/resource management business, some will quit, others will kick it up a notch. Some of these so called, "terrorists" are fighting for their lives, for their families, and for their religious survivial protecting their shitty lives in the most awful places in the world.Others are just demon possessed monsters.Let's be honest and finish the job.Kill them all.

Deep Snorkeler Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:27 Permalink

Just think a moment about the use of drone strikes:Think about a world covered in drones,from thousands of unknown sources.Anonynmous assassinations,mass killings, precision hits,from unseen forces.Daily hits in every city, endless.Unknown, uncatchable, untraceable,gone in a flash.  Rogue drones.The sky is a killer and there is no safety. 

smacker Deep Snorkeler Sun, 06/11/2017 - 12:40 Permalink

Anonymous drone strikes could easily become the new "contract killer" to rid yourself of those who have cheated you or whatever.There's no chance a drone will get caught and arrested, doesn't need to break into a house to eliminate its target, no chance it will leave DNA at the scene and the perps can be a long way away.Nice and clean. Sounds cool. I want one ;-)

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montresor Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:13 Permalink

That's like stepping on 8 ants in the backyard.. there are millions millions more just below the surface.. We're happy about every dead jihadist though, let's make the next one a little more effective..

pc_babe Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:39 Permalink

Need bigger warheads on these things ... only 8 skinnies?

Twenty B52s wing to wing, using 500lbs' like cluster bombs would be cheaper and more effective

DuneCreature Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:00 Permalink

Harun Maruf AKA The Karate Kid must have violated his terms of service agreement.

The CIA doesn't usually drone strike its own assets unless the asset goes all rogue and freelance on them.

Live Hard, You Have To Be Careful Dealing With Spooks, They Will Sometimes Encourage You To Go Rogue So They Don't Have To Finish Paying You Or They Deliver The Last Payment Air Mal-Mail, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

Beans Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:16 Permalink

Smart move in my opinion. America going back to what it's best at, bombing the bejezus out of defenseless sandal wearing ragheads in skirts. It's a win-win for DT as it boosts him with the MIC, AIPAC, AIPAC's main stream media outlets like CNN and so on, as well amongst his own party supporters, while at the same time the operation runs zero to no risk of going pear shaped.

Cycle Sun, 06/11/2017 - 14:19 Permalink

One-off attacks here and there against the evil Daesh takfirs Wahabbis in the context of no rational long term foreign policy for the region are simply giveaways to the arms manufacturers. Of course, such is the hidden "rationale." An example of this policy is seen in the newly minted military hardware alliance with Saudi Arabia, who along with deep state controlled three letter agencies, founded and continues to fund the very same Daesh mercenaries that provide convenient targets of opportunity.  The aim is to keep the conflict warm enough so that new military hardware can be bought and replaced in the next funding cycle coming up in October. Endless war = endless profits, for some.