Somali army applauded for ‘largest’ security operation in five years against Al-Shabaab
United States command in Africa known as AFRICOM applauded the ‘largest’ security operation in five years against Al-Shabaab terror group by combined Somali and African Union troops.
“The U.S. will continue to support Somali and ATMIS partners in defeating al-Shabaab terrorists who threaten the peace and stability of Somalia,” read in part a statement from AFRICOM.
The Somali National Armed Forces have conducted recently successful operations in Abooreey, Yasooman, Booco and Sindhaqo in Hiraan and Galguduud regions where the enemy was heavily defeated.
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command said it conducted an airstrike against ISIS-Somalia terrorists after they attacked partner forces in a remote location near Timirshe, Somalia, July 21. Timirshe is located 140 kilometers southeast of Bosasso.
“We continue to apply pressure on terrorist groups and assist our Somali partners in disrupting their operations,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Miguel Castellanos, deputy director of operations, AFRICOM in a statement.
He added “We continue our support to rid Somalia of the likes of ISIS and al-Shabaab.”
At this time, it is assessed this airstrike killed seven (7) ISIS-Somalia terrorists.
According to AFRICOM, their assessment has it that there were no civilians injured or killed as a result of these airstrikes.
When this airstrike occurred, U.S. forces were in the area in order to advise and assist Somali and partner forces.
Terrorist groups continue to resort to the tradecraft of terror and propaganda in an effort to intimidate the local populace.
“Mistruths and lies are the terrorist weapons of choice,” said Col. Chris Karns, director of public affairs, AFRICOM. “ISIS-Somalia and al-Shabaab have bankrupt narratives and visions of the future. Our partnership to unmask and degrade the capability of these terrorists is essential to security and stability in Somalia.”
U.S. Africa Command continues to support the Government of Somalia by strengthening its security forces and promoting regional security, stability, and prosperity.
Concurrently, the command is building enduring relationships and strategic alliances in East Africa to address looming challenges and malign activity by near-peer competitors.
The U.S has said it will continue to provide support to Somali efforts and counter violent extremist threats.