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United States military launching airstrikes in southern Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The United States military said Saturday that it conducted an airstrike in southern Somalia on Friday as part of efforts to degrade the extremist group, al-Shabab.

The U.S. Africa Command, which did not give details of militants killed, said no civilians were injured or killed in this airstrike which targeted al-Shabab in the vicinity of Kobon.

"The Federal Government of Somalia is aggressively disrupting al-Shabab activities and sending a strong message about their commitment to degrading this terror group’s ability to operate in the region," Robert Huston, U.S. Africa Command deputy director of operations said in a statement.

"These persistent and precision strikes help create enhanced security in Somalia while signaling an ability to swiftly reach al-Shabab and disrupt their operations at a moment’s notice," Huston added.

Washington which carried out more than 40 strikes in Somalia in 2018 has lately stepped up airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia since President Donald Trump took office.

Somali and African Union peacekeeping forces have also intensified military operations against the insurgents, flushing them in their Lower and Middle Shabelle region bases as part of efforts to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.
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United States airstrikes kill 15 al-Shabaab militants
in Lower Shebelle region of Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The United States military said Friday it killed 15 fighters from the extremist group al-Shabaab in two airstrikes conducted in separate engagements in the past two days in southern Somalia.

The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), which oversees American troops on the African continent, said in a statement that the first airstrike occurred in the vicinity of Gandarshe, Lower Shebelle region on Wednesday in which 11 militants were killed.

According to the statement, four al-Shabaab fighters were killed in the second airstrike on Thursday in the vicinity of Bariire, Lower Shebelle region.

"This precision airstrike was executed after our Somali partners were engaged by al-Shabab militants as they conducted an operation to disrupt al-Shabab efforts to illegally tax and intimidate civilians in the area," said AFRICOM in the statement.

"The Federal Government of Somalia is placing persistent pressure on al-Shabab and its affiliates, working to create conditions for enhanced security and stability," said Gregg Olson, AFRICOM director of operations, in the statement.

AFRICOM said no civilians were injured or killed in either of the strike and committed to continue supporting Somalia and other African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces by ensuring the militants are flushed out from their safe havens.

Washington has stepped up its military support of Somalia over the past few years. Some strikes have inflicted considerable casualties on al-Shabab in the last two months.
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United States military intensifies airstrikes in the
vicinity of Gandarshe in southern Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The U.S. military said it intensified airstrikes in Somalia in the past two days as part of the efforts to weaken the al-Shabab’s grip on the Horn of Africa nation.

The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), which oversees American troops on the African continent, said in a statement issued Tuesday that it conducted two airstrikes in separate engagements on Sunday and Tuesday to disrupt the group’s leadership networks and degrade its freedom to maneuver within the region.

"These precision airstrikes support Somali partners’ ongoing efforts to reduce al-Shabab safe havens, degrade the terrorists’ infrastructure, and destroy terrorist equipment," AFRICOM said without giving the casualty numbers.

The U.S. army said the first airstrike occurred in the vicinity of Gandarshe in southern Somalia on Sunday while the second airstrike was conducted in the vicinity of Leego, Bay region in southwest Somalia.
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Somalia security forces kill 40 militants in Lower Shabelle region

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somali National Intelligence Service Agency (NISA) said Tuesday that it had killed 40 al-Shabab fighters in the country’s southern region.

Security forces launched a wide-scale operation in Farsoley village in Lower Shabelle region on Saturday, NISA said in a statement.

Somali security forces are conducting operations against the al-Qaida-affiliated group, al-Shabab in central and southern regions.

The terrorist group on Monday launched a car bombing attack on a shopping mall in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least 12 people and injuring nine others.

Somali National Armed Forces backed by African Union Mission in Somalia ousted al-Shabab from Mogadishu in August 2011, but the terrorist group is still in control of areas in southern Somalia.
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Somalia police secure US nine million dollars from Germany to support projects

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somalia’s Joint Police Programme (JPP), a joint policing model to strengthen peace and security at national and regional levels, has received 9 million U.S. dollars from Germany to support its projects.

The UN-backed JPP supports the two-tier policing structure and sets future development of strong national and state-level police services, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) said in a statement issued on Friday.

Markus Bollmohr, Deputy Ambassador of Germany to Somalia, said while the funding is not earmarked to any specific strand of the program, his country was keen to see some activities given more emphasis, such as policy development, strengthening of legal frameworks and civilian oversight.

Implemented by the Somali government in close cooperation with federal member states, the UN and other international partners, the JPP is currently underway in the regional states and the Benadir region.

The program is expected to expedite the ongoing transition of security responsibilities from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to Somali security forces.

The JPP, which was launched in June 2018, seeks to develop strong national and state-level police services in the Horn of Africa country.

             

 

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