Somalia: US conducts airstrike after troops attacked

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The US military has conducted an airstrike in Somalia in response to an attack by al-Shabaab militants against a Somali-led force and its accompanying US military advisors.

US Africa Command said in a statement that eight al-Shabaab fighters were killed during the airstrike. The US has about 500 troops in Somali – most of whom are there in advisory roles – helping the Horn of Africa nation deal with the threat of terrorism.

US responds to attack on troops

“US service members were present during the ground operation in an advisory capacity. All US service members are accounted for and are unharmed,” US African Command said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement confirmed an airstrike had been conducted in retaliation to the attack, killing eight militants.

The US has significantly increased the number of airstrikes conducted in Somalia in recent years. At least 244 fighters from the militant group have been killed by 25 airstrikes in 2019 although military personnel have admitted that airstrikes alone won’t be enough to defeat al-Shabaab.

Featured image: By US Air Force – http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/predator/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1475617

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.