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US air strike kills IS three
by Reuters -
29th Apr 2019

A US air strike killed three fighters from the Islamic State in the Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, a U.S. military official said, two weeks after the group’s deputy leader was killed in another strike.

A witness said missiles struck two wells on the outskirts of Timirshe, south-east of Puntland commercial capital Bosaso.

The US military stepped up its campaign of air strikes in Somalia since President Donald Trump took office, saying it has killed more than 800 militants in two years.
“This air strike eliminated IS-Somalia members in a remote location in northern Somalia,” Major General Gregg Olson, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) director of operations, said in an emailed statement.

AFRICOM also claimed responsibility for the death of IS deputy Abdulhakim Dhuqub on April 14.

“We heard the crash of four missiles on the outskirts of Timirshe,” resident Ahmed Nur told Reuters.

He said the wells were used by militants from both ISIS and their more powerful Islamist rivals al Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate fighting Somalia’s UN-backed government.

Al Shabaab was pushed out of Mogadishu in 2011 but retains a strong presence in southern and central Somalia.

It frequently clashes with the much smaller IS force in the north thought to number less than 200 fighters.

A Puntland intelligence official said the air strike targeted both groups.

“There are casualties and we are investigating. In recent battles al Shabaab captured three bases from IS,” he told Reuters requesting anonymity.

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Somali air strike claims four lives
by Reuters -
30th Apr 2019

An air strike near the Somali town Afgoye killed four, a relative said.

The United States frequently carries out attacks targeting Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa country. The attacks bolster Somalia’s UN-backed central government against al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab insurgents.

Abdiqadir Nur and three others died while driving through Laanta Buuro village in Lower Shabelle region, south-west of Mogadishu, relatives said.
“Nur and three others died on the spot. His brother Mahad Nur is totally burnt,” Nur’s cousin Abdullahi Ali said.

Ali said his cousin Nur was an employee of telecoms firm Hormuud Telecom, but the company said it had no employee by that name and no personnel died in an air strike.

In an email to Reuters, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said it carried out the air strike on Monday and three militant died in the attack.
“We are aware of reports alleging civilian casualties. The U.S. Africa Command will review any information about the incident, including relevant information provided by third parties,” it said.

Al Shabaab was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, but retains a strong presence in southern and central Somalia.

Al Shabaab, which wants to impose strict Islamic law in Somalia, says relatives of jihadists killed in air strikes are often motivated to join its ranks.

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US conducts air strike against al Shabaab
Written by Africom -
7th May 2019


The United States military has carried out an air strike against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, killing three.

US Africa Command said the air strike occurred on 5 May in the vicinity of Tortoroow, Somalia.

“Somali forces were leading an operation to disrupt the terrorist network in the area and to bolster local support for the Federal Government of Somalia. The airstrike was conducted in collective self-defense of our Somali partners after they were engaged by al-Shabaab militants during this operation,” Africom said.

“This airstrike is an example of the niche capabilities we provide our Somali partners as they take the fight to al-Shabaab,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg Olson, U.S. Africa Command director of operations. “Our precision strike capabilities support our Somali partners as they continue to lead operations against the terrorist network.”

 
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