U.S. says air strike kills over 100 militants in Somalia

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New recruits belonging to Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al Shabaab rebel group march during a passing out parade at a military training base in Afgoye, west of the capital Mogadishu February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIACIVIL POLITICS - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR2IPY3

The U.S. military said it killed more than 100 Islamist militants in Somalia on Tuesday when it launched an air strike against al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked insurgent group that wants to topple the U.N.-backed government.

The military’s Africa Command said the strike was carried out on a camp 125 miles (201 km) northwest of the capital, Mogadishu and that the United States would continue to target militants.

The strike was done in coordination with Somalia’s federal government, the Pentagon said.

U.S. air strikes killing such a large number of militants in Somalia are rare, but not unprecedented. In March 2016, a U.S. air strike killed more than 150 al Shabaab fighters in Somalia.

Somalia’s state news agency SONNA reported late on Tuesday that “about 100 militants” were killed when U.S. planes and Somali commandos attacked al Shabaab bases in the Bur Elay area of Bay region.

Al Shabaab spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab denied the attack. “It is just…propaganda,” he told Reuters in Somalia.

Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed transitional federal government and impose its own rule on the Horn of Africa country.

Earlier this month, the U.S. warned of a threat to its diplomatic staff in Mogadishu and directed all non-essential staff to leave the capital.

Al Shabaab has lost control of most of Somalia’s cities and towns since it was pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011. But it retains a strong presence in parts of the south and center and carries out gun and bomb attacks.

“Al-Shabaab has publicly committed to planning and conducting attacks against the U.S. and our partners in the region,” the U.S. military statement said.

Al Shabaab aims to topple Somalia’s government, drive out African Union peacekeeping troops and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

Earlier this month, the U.S. military also carried out its first strikes against Islamic State militants in Somalia and said it killed “several terrorists.”

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  1. Subject: “U.S. says air strike kills over 100 militants in Somalia” Nov 21, 2017

    Commentary, 21 Nov 2017
    QUOTE: “The U.S. military said it killed more than 100 Islamist militants in Somalia
    The strike was done in coordination with Somalia’s federal government” UNQUOTE

    Hundred (100) militants are killed, so says the news item. Then what? How far, and for how long, will the US/Somalia war mission go on? Shouldn’t history be a lesson for effective action? Surely, the last venture into Somalia by US should never be forgotten because human Lives were sacrificed for nothing. How could we forget the gruesome horror video of a dead American soldier’s body dragged in market place for display.

    There is no ready made answer. But one thing must be clear: If the Somali people in totality cannot solve THEIR inherent problem by themselves, for themselves, based on their own historical, sociological, cultural, anthropological etc NO FORCE ON EARTH can.

    Let us not forget one very crucial fact: the Somali people have one language, one religion, one culture to their advantage in solving their problems by themselves, for themselves. PERIOD

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