US airstrikes kill 20 ISIS & al-Shabaab terrorists

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By U.S. Africa Command Public Affairs

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting an ISIS-Somalia encampment in the Golis Mountains, Somalia, on May 9, 2019.

This deliberate campaign is building on increased intelligence and understanding of ISIS training and recruitment activities in Puntland, and is the fourth precision airstrike against ISIS-Somalia since April 14.

The work U.S. Africa Command performs by, with and through AMISOM and our Somali partners, whether assisting with the threats they face or training them to improve their capabilities, is geared toward one goal – establishing a secure environment in order for broader diplomacy efforts to come to fruition. 

The Federal Government of Somalia and partner forces continue to make incursions into territory formerly controlled by ISIS.

At this time, it is assessed the airstrike on May 9 killed four (4) terrorists. 

A detailed post-strike analysis continues and more details may be released as appropriate.

On May 8, 2019, an airstrike targeting an ISIS-Somalia encampment in the Golis Mountains, Somalia killed thirteen (13) terrorists. 

On May 5, 2019, a precision airstrike targeting al-Shabaab militants in the vicinity of Tortoroow, killed three al-Shabaab terrorists.

“Currently, we assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike. When warranted, processes and procedures exist that allow for additional information to inform post-strike analysis.” 

U.S. Africa Command will continue to work with its partners to transfer the responsibility for long-term security in Somalia from AMISOM to the Federal Government of Somalia and its Member States. 

In support of the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to assist in the protection of the Somali people, including partnered military counterterrorism operations with the Federal Government of Somalia, AMISOM, and Somali National Army forces.

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