December 1, 2022

U.S. airstrike kills 17 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia, says U.S. Africa Command

United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin passes the U.S. Africa Command guidon to General Michael Langley, incoming commander, U.S. Africa Command, during a change of command ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany, on August 9, 2022. Langley became the sixth commander since the command was established in 2008. Photo: Staff Sgt. Flor Gonzales
United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin passes the U.S. Africa Command guidon to General Michael Langley, incoming commander, U.S. Africa Command, during a change of command ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany, on August 9, 2022. Langley became the sixth commander since the command was established in 2008. Photo: Staff Sgt. Flor Gonzales

The United States Africa Command said on Friday that the U.S. military conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia on Wednesday, November 9, killing 17 terrorists.

“Working with the Somali National Army, U.S. Africa Command’s initial assessment is that the strike killed 17 attacking al Shabaab terrorists and that no civilians were injured or killed,” AFRICOM said in a statement, adding that the strike occurred in a remote area approximately 285 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

Al-Shabaab is the largest and most deadly al-Qaeda network in the world and has proven both its will and capability to attack Somali, East African, and American civilians, AFRICOM said.

It added that “Somalia remains key to the stability and security in all of East Africa. U.S. Africa Command’s forces will continue training, advising, and equipping partner forces to give them the tools that they need to defeat al-Shabaab.”

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