Advertising

US expands its drone war kills Somalian militants

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

AFP |

US forces have conducted a series of air strikes in Somalia in recent days, including one announced Wednesday that officials said killed six jihadists.

The strikes come as part of an ongoing mission in which US forces are working with African Union and Somali national security forces to fight the Shabaab movement.

According to US Africa Command (AFRICOM), the US conducted strikes each day from January 6-8, killing 16 militants in total. On January 2, in the first US strike of 2019 in Somalia, 10 Shabaab fighters were killed.

Trump has ordered a US withdrawal from Syria and, according to US officials, wants to slash the troop presence in Afghanistan.

A strike on Tuesday which left six dead took place on a Shabaab encampment that served as a staging area for “terrorists” in the region, AFRICOM said in a statement Wednesday.

The Pentagon has increased the rate of strikes in Somalia in recent years, partly because President Donald Trump loosened constraints on when the US military can take actions against alleged terrorists.

Read more: Book Review: Why Nations Fail

Last month, the US military said it had killed 62 Shabaab militants in six air strikes in Somalia. NBC News last week reported that Trump is mulling a possible draw down in Somalia, where about 500 US personnel are deployed.

US forces have conducted a series of air strikes in Somalia in recent days, including one announced Wednesday that officials said killed six jihadists.

Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Candice Tresch said: “There have been no recent (Pentagon) policy changes regarding US operations in Somalia.”

Trump has ordered a US withdrawal from Syria and, according to US officials, wants to slash the troop presence in Afghanistan. “The United States cannot continue to be the policeman of the world,” Trump said during a Christmastime visit to Iraq.

Read more: War on jihadists won’t end unless West tackles root causes: experts

“We are spread out all over the world. We are in countries most people haven’t even heard about. Frankly, it’s ridiculous.”

The Pentagon in November announced it would trim about 10 percent of the 7,200 US troops in Africa as part of a broader shift in focus towards “Great Power” competitors such as China and Russia.

© Agence France-Presse

Continue reading

India cracks down on Muslim group

Numerous members of a Muslim organisation were detained by Indian authorities on Tuesday after they were accused of engaging in violent and anti-national behaviour.

I will hamper Dar’s plans, Imran Khan warns

Imran Khan, the chairman of the PTI and a former prime minister, expressed concern about PML-N leader Ishaq Dar's homecoming on Tuesday and promised to "obstruct Dar's path" because the country's court system "failed" to stop him, calling it a "misfortune."

Shehbaz Sharif bemoans audio leaks amid high-level investigation

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif claimed that "audio leaks" had damaged the country's reputation abroad because people were reluctant to communicate with him out of concern for their privacy.