MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The U. S. forces on Monday conducted an
airstrike against Al-Shabaab militants in southern
Somalia, killing two terrorists and injured another, the
military said on Tuesday.
Africa Command (Africom) said no civilian was killed in
the drone strike which was carried out on Monday in
coordination with Somalia government in the vicinity of
coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia,
U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against Al-Shabaab
militants on Feb. 26, in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia,
killing two terrorists and wounding one terrorist,”
Africom said in a statement.
militants have recently increased their attacks against
Africa Union and Somali forces especially in Mogadishu
where they killed at least 32 people and wounded over 50
others in twin blasts last week.
and Somali forces have also increased airstrikes in
southern Somalia in the recent past, resulting in the
killing of several militants and some defections.
vowed that it will continue to use all authorized and
appropriate measures to protect U.S. citizens and to
disable terrorist threats.
U.S. designates 7
groups, 2 individuals as global terrorists
WASHINGTON United States (Xinhua)
-- The U.S. State Department
on Tuesday said it has designated seven Islamic State
(IS)-affiliated groups and two leaders as Specially
Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).
Three of the
seven groups, namely the IS-West Africa, IS-Philippines
and IS-Bangladesh, were also designated as Foreign
Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). U.S. persons are
generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with
them, and their property and interests in property
subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked.
it is a crime to knowingly provide, or attempt or
conspire to provide, material support or resources to
four groups designated as SDGTs were IS-Somalia, Jund
al-Khilafah-Tunisia, IS-Egypt, and the Maute Group, and
the individuals are Mahad Moalim and Abu Musab al-Barnawi.
consequences, all property and interests in property of
the SDGT designees are blocked, and U.S. persons are
generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions
announcing these designations, U.S. Coordinator for
Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales emphasized that “these
designations target key ISIS-affiliated groups and
leaders outside its fallen caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
Today’s actions are a critical step in degrading ISIS’s
global network and denying its affiliates the resources
they need to plan and carry out terrorist attacks.”
Department also said that the latest designations aim to
notify the U.S. public and the international community
that these groups and individuals have committed or pose
a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism.
designations expose and isolate entities and
individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial
system. Moreover, designations can assist the law
enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other
governments,” it added.
designations were also part of a larger comprehensive
plan of the United States to defeat IS in coordination
with the Global Coalition.
to designating IS as a FTO and a SDGT, the Department of
State has also designated over 40 IS leaders and
operatives so far.
Department Monday said the United States will host an
international conference on mobilizing law enforcement
efforts to defeat the Islamic State (IS) on Tuesday and
of the two-day conference are expected to seek to
establish a common understanding of “the depth and
breadth” of the evolving IS global threat. It will also
discuss how to enhance law enforcement and other
civilian tools to counter IS.
the conference will also identify specific actions to
help countries disrupt potential attacks, according to
the State Department.
said that although the IS has lost nearly all of its
former territory in Iraq and Syria, the international
community cannot underestimate the evolving threat IS
networks and local adherents pose elsewhere.
Somalia, AU mission vow
to enhance partnership to flush out militants
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The Somali government and the African
Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) vowed Tuesday to
enhance partnership in the war against terrorism in the
Horn of Africa nation.
Madeira, the Special Representative of the Chairperson
of the African Union Commission for Somalia and Abdi
Mohamed Sabriye, Minister of Interior, Federal Affairs
and Reconciliation, reiterated their commitment in the
fight against Al-Shabaab terrorist group.
“I wanted to
reaffirm that AMISOM and the Somali national security
forces represented by NISA (intelligence agency), Somali
National Army and all other forces by the ministry of
defense, ministry of interior and AMISOM are one. All
are united in a common purpose which is defeating Al-Shabaab,”
Madeira told journalists in Mogadishu.
came four days after a twin bomb attack in the capital
Mogadishu killed at least 32 people.
much as we expressed regret of what has happened,
decided that we have to continue in the common purpose,
focused and pursue our objective of stabilizing the
country,” Madeira said.
stressed that all security forces operating in Somalia
had the same goal of defeating Al-Shabaab and must
support each other.
Somalia security forces
kill 5 militants
Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least five Al-Shabaab militants
were killed on Tuesday during heavy fighting between the
group and Somali National Army (SNA) in Gedo region of
southwest Somalia, local authorities said.
Governor of Gedo region, Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, told
reporters that Somali National Army carried out the
operation that targeted the militants’ strongholds near
Bardhere town in the region.
National Army killed five Al-Shabaab terrorists and
injured several others today. They attempted to resist
and fought with SNA forces, but were defeated. Two of
our soldiers sustained minor injuries,” Hussein said.