US Launches First Airstrike Against ISIS Fighters In Somalia

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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Crazy Or Not Sir Edge Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:33 Permalink

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Crazy Or Not emersonreturn Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:38 Permalink

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.source

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Paracelsus Crazy Or Not Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:00 Permalink

   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?) 

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ThirdWorldDude HRClinton Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:10 Permalink

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.

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HRClinton Brazen Heist Fri, 11/03/2017 - 16:31 Permalink

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"? 

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Blankone VWAndy Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:25 Permalink

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.

Sheep

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

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german Wunderkind VWAndy Fri, 11/03/2017 - 16:19 Permalink

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.

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taketheredpill Fri, 11/03/2017 - 13:55 Permalink

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 

BrownCoat chunga Fri, 11/03/2017 - 16:22 Permalink

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."    

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