US forces coordinating with the Somali government responded Saturday against al-Shabaab terrorists who were attacking the Somali National Army around Brobarde, Somalia, about 135 miles from Mogadishu, according to a news release from US Africa Command. carried out airstrikes on
Initial assessment by U.S. Africa Command said two al-Shabaab terrorists were killed in the airstrike and no civilian casualties, but the command continues to assess the results and will provide an update. More specific information about the units and assets used for security reasons will not be made public.
In early October, the United States also carried out airstrikes, again in coordination with the Somali government, against al-Shabaab militants near Jilib, about 230 miles from the Somali capital, killing one al-Shabaab leader. .
Fewer than 500 US troops are stationed in Somalia from Mayoverturning President Donald Trump’s January 2021 decision to withdraw the 750 larger contingent that was there when President Biden approved the Pentagon’s request to bring troops back to the war-torn country. After taking office, Trump first expanded airstrikes However, in December 2020, he ordered the withdrawal of troops.
The Biden administration’s decision comes amid persistent and growing threats from al-Shabaab. 2014 President Barack Obama Dispatch of military advisers to Somalia 2014, when militants controlled by the Somali warlord Farah Aidid shot down two US Black Hawk helicopters in October 1993, killing 18 US soldiers and dozens of Somalis. For the first time since then, a boot has been placed on the ground. President Bill Clinton withdrew US combat troops from Somalia days later.
Eleanor Watson and David Martin contributed to this report.
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