United State forces reiterated its commitment in the ongoing counterterrorism efforts in Somalia saying its forces will intensify it campaigns against the Al-Qaeda (AQ) branch in Somalia.
“In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces continue to degrade the terrorist threat posed by Al-Qaeda and its Somalia-based associated force, Al-Shabaab, as well as the threat posed by ISIS in Somalia,” U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) affirmed in a statement.
The statement also affirmed that US forces will continue to work with other partners to support AMISOM and the Federal Government of Somalia in its effort to bring improved governance, development, and stability.
The statement was issued a day after one US soldier was killed and four others were wounded in a clash with Al-Shabaab militants in Jubbaland state. 25 militants were killed in joint raid.
This year, the US has carried out more than 10 airstrikes in Somalia, the latest strike occurred about 26 miles southwest of Bosaso last week, whereby 27 Al-Shabaab militants were killed.