Somalia (Xinhua) -- The Somali
government on Monday confirmed the killing of the
deputy leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in
northern Somalia by U.S. and local security forces.
"Somali security forces in coordination with the
U.S. forces have killed a high-ranking commander of
the Daesh (IS) terrorist group in a raid in Hiriro
neighborhood, Iskushuban, Bari province," the
ministry of information said.
Security official said two IS militants,
including its deputy leader, Abdihakim Mohamed
Ibrahim, were killed in the strike.
The identity of the other IS fighter was not
Pro-IS militants split from al-Shabab in October
2015 and later occupied Qandala, a key location in
Bari region under Puntland State Administration, in
There was no immediate confirmation from the U.S.
military, which has stepped up its military support
for Somalia over the past few years.
Some strikes have inflicted considerable
casualties on al-Shabab in recent months.
airstrike kills one terrorist in southern
(Xinhua) -- The United
States military said Wednesday its special forces
conducted an airstrike in southern Somalia on
Tuesday, killing one terrorist.
The U.S. Africa Command said the strike which was
conducted in cooperation with Somali government near
Jilib, Middle Juba Region did not kill or injure any
Somalia and U.S. forces have intensified
incursions into the territory formerly controlled by
al-Shabab after driving the insurgents out of
Mogadishu in 2011.
Since 2017, the U.S. military has stepped up air
raids against al-Shabab.
Al-Shabab controls large parts of rural southern
and central Somalia and continues to carry out
high-profile attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere.
airstrike kills two al-Shabab terrorists in
The United States army said on Friday
that it conducted an airstrike in southern Somalia
on Thursday, killing two al-Shabab terrorists and
destroyed a motorcycle.
The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a
statement the strike which was carried out near
Garowle in Lower Shabelle Region did not kill or
injure any civilians.
"We continue to target and strike various levels
of leadership within the al-Shabab network," Gregg
Olson, AFRICOM’s director of operations said in the
The strike is the latest in a series of similar
missions by the U.S. forces in Somalia in
collaboration with Somali and African Union forces
in the Horn of Africa country.
The strikes have largely targeted al-Shabab
figureheads based in southern Somalia where the
group still maintains a strong grip in some regions.
military carries out 28 airstrikes in Somalia in
-- The United States
military said Friday it has conducted 28 airstrikes
in Somalia in 2019 compared to 47 in 2018 and 35 in
2017 as part of increased efforts to degrade
extremist group, al-Shabab.
The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said its
commander directed the review of the airstrikes
conducted in Somalia since 2017 due to a recent
increase in airstrikes and continued interest by
human rights group and Congress on civilian
Africom which conducts military strikes in
coordination with the Somali government said its
review revealed that two civilians were killed in an
airstrike on April 1, 2018.
"Credibility, transparency, and accountability
are fundamental to military operations.
"It is critically important that people
understand we adhere to exacting standards and when
we fall short, we acknowledge shortcomings and take
appropriate action," Thomas D. Waldhauser, Africom
commander, said in a statement.
Waldhauser said the April 2018 airstrike was
designed to degrade the al-Shabab terrorist group
near El Burr, Somalia where four militants were also
The U.S. military said it was notified about the
results of a post-strike internal assessment
conducted in April 2018 that found credible evidence
of the two civilian casualties.
"Unfortunately, the finding was not properly
reported to U.S. Africa Command headquarters," it
said, adding that it committed to transparency in
its reporting of civilian casualties.
"While believed to be an isolated occurrence, the
reporting error is being addressed," it added,
noting that the Somali government was notified of
two civilian deaths.
Africom said it takes prudent measures to
minimize civilian casualties and fully complies with
the law of armed conflict, adding that it puts
measures in place to ensure the safety and
protection of the local population remains a top