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US announces killing of 27 Al Shabaab fighters in Somalia

The United States announced on Wednesday that it has killed 27 militants of the Islamist group al-Shabaab in an airstrike in support of an operation by Somali regular forces in the country’s center in the Horn of Africa.

The US Military Command in Africa (Africom) said in a statement that the attack took place on Sunday near Buloburde, some 200 kilometers north of the capital Mogadishu, when al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab attacked Somali troops.

“According to the command’s preliminary assessment, 27 al-Shabaab militants were killed in the attack and no civilians were injured or killed,” the statement said.

The US military said it had carried out several strikes that day in response to requests from the Somali military and the Somalia Transition Mission (ATMIS, formerly Amisom), the African Union peacekeeping force, the largest to date. years against radical Islamists.

“The defensive strikes allowed the Somali National Army and Somalia Transition Mission forces to gain initiative and continue their operations aimed at halting al-Shabaab’s operations in the Hiran region,” the statement said.

Al Shabaab has been leading a rebellion against the Somali state for more than ten years. Evicted from the country’s major cities, including Mogadishu in 2011, they exist in vast rural areas.

In recent months, they have intensified their attacks. In May, US President Joe Biden decided to reestablish a military presence in Somalia to counter the shebab, ratifying a request from the Pentagon, set by then-President Donald Trump at the end of his term. The rotation system was deemed too risky and ineffective. Mandate.

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