The U.S. military continues to offer air support to the Federal government of Somalia forces in an effort of degrading and disrupting the Al-Shabaab terrorist group.
In its latest airstrikes, U.S. airstrike conducted in the vicinity of Awdheegle, Lower Shabelle region of Somalia on March 18, three (3) Al-Shabaab fighters were killed. Another eight Al-Shabaab fighters were killed in the U.S. air raids as the group attacked a combined U.S. and Somali force outside of the Somalia capital on March 11.
The US is now on track to nearly triple last year’s record number of airstrikes against Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda’s branch in East Africa.
Monday’s U.S. air strike marked the 29th time the AFRICOM has hit Al-Shabaab in the first 10 weeks of 2019. In 2018, U.S. conducted a record-high total of 47 airstrikes and 15 airstrikes in 2017 against Al-Shabaab targets.
Amnesty International has released a report alleging of civilian casualties in the ongoing U.S. airstrikes in Somalia.