About 30 al-Shabaab fighters were killed in a US airstrike in Somalia, according to a statement from US Africa Command on Saturday.
In support of Somalia National Army forces engaged in “hard battle following a complex, extended, intense onslaught by more than 100 al-Shabaab fighters,” US forces on Friday “conducted a collective self-defense strike,” according to a statement about the terrorist organisation affiliated to al Qaeda.
According to a US defence official, there were no US military personnel on the ground when the airstrike took place.
The attack took place close to Galcad, roughly 260 kilometres northeast of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Due to the remote location, US Africa Command determined that no people were hurt or killed.
Since President Joe Biden authorised a Pentagon request to redeploy US soldiers to the region in May 2022 in an effort to combat the terrorist group, the US has continued to support the Somali government. The decision to send less than 500 troops marked a reversal of the previous administration’s plan to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan by the year 2020.
The stability and security of all of East Africa depend on Somalia. The US military said in a statement on Saturday that U.S. Africa Command forces “will continue training, advising, and equipping partner forces to help provide them the tools they need to destroy al-Shabaab, the largest and most lethal al-Qaeda network in the world.”
Numerous strikes by US forces in the area over the past few months have killed numerous al-Shabaab members.
Two al-Shabaab fighters were killed by a US strike in October, which occurred 218 kilometres to the NW of Mogadishu. Around 285 kilometres northeast of Mogadishu, a further November strike killed 17 al-Shabaab fighters. And in late December, another US strike near the city of Cadale, which is located around 150 miles northeast of the capital, killed six al-Shabaab terrorists.