U.S. airstrike in Somalia kills five al-Shabaab members


The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) conducted an airstrike killing five al-Shabaab terrorists in the vicinity of Janaale, Somalia.

The command’s initial assessment concluded the airstrike conducted on Tuesday in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, killed five (5) terrorists. “We currently assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike,” AFRICOM said in its press statement.

“Our strikes are a key effort to combating terror and helping to bring stability to Somalia,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Miguel Castellanos, U.S. Africa Command deputy director of operations. “Not only do they degrade al-Shabaab’s ability to conduct violent activities in the region, but they illuminate the fighter network and impede the al-Qaida affiliated terrorist organization’s ability to recruit and export terrorism.”

In Somalia the U.S. works closely with our international partners on security sector development efforts, which include the United Nations, European Union, African Union, AMISOM and other troop contributing countries.

AFRICOM stated that “together, we remain committed to Somali-led progress on improving conditions for a well-trained Somali National Security Force that can assume and sustain security within the country. U.S. capabilities, influence, and credibility, provides critical support to Somali efforts, including assistance coordinating other international partner engagement. Incremental progress within Somalia is occurring because of the ongoing international effort.”

U.S. Africa Command and our international partners recognize that stability in Somalia will not be achieved through purely military means. The partner and allied forces we work with on a daily basis are trying to create security conditions to enhance governance and economic development. As such, U.S. Africa Command’s security cooperation efforts are closely linked with the U.S. Embassy in Somalia’s political and economic initiatives targeting the root causes of instability.”