US military strike against the extremist organization “Al Shabaab” in Somalia
30 Al Shabaab militants killed in US military strike
Al Shabaab is affiliated with Al Qaeda.
Mogadishu. On Friday, the US military carried out a military strike against “Al Shabaab” extremists in Somalia. Around 30 Islamic al-Shabaab operatives were killed in the strike near the central Somalia town of Galkad. Here, the Somali army was engaged in fierce fighting with “Al Shabaab” extremists. This strike is in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. It happened near Galkad, 260 kilometers northeast of. U.S. Africa Command said there was no information about civilian injuries or deaths in the strike.
According to the ANI news agency, US security forces carried out this “massive vigilante attack” in support of the Somali national army. Let us tell you that the Somali army fought fiercely after an attack by more than 100 Al Shabaab extremists. Significantly, Al Shabaab is linked to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
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We know that America continually supports the Somali government. US President Joe Biden has approved the redeployment of US forces to Somalia in May 2022 in an effort to counter the terror group. Biden made the move, reversing former President Donald Trump’s decision to send fewer than 500 troops to Somalia in 2000.
The extremist group has thousands of fighters and has long dominated parts of central and southern Somalia, often carrying out high-profile attacks in the capital, Mogadishu. At the same time, in recent months, the US military has also given an appropriate response to the extremist group. The US military also carried out several retaliatory strikes. Dozens of al-Shabaab extremists lost their lives there. In October last year, a US strike killed two al-Shabaab members some 218 kilometers northwest of Mogadishu. In November, 17 al-Shabaab fighters were killed in an attack about 285 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu.
Keywords: Somalia, terrorism, US Army
FIRST POST: January 22, 2023, 07:11 IST